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Some Technology Advice

2012/12/19

In this modern age, a lot of job applications are now done online.  Most people send resumes and cover letters via email, and long-distance interviewing can be done through Skype in some cases.  A lot of things are more convenient than ever.  However, there are still a few things you should be careful about, particularly in this new age of technology.

 

The first thing you try to watch out for is spam mail.  Not your usual spam mail, of course.  Spam will always be spam.  But your email client may think it's smarter than you and it may send your invitation to a job interview straight to the trash if you're not careful.  Think about it: Consulting companies, Hiring and Recruitment, we all receive extremely large amounts of email, and send even more when advertising to entire group lists for certain positions.  Some email clients just naturally think recruiting companies are actually spam bots because of the relatively high volume of email alone.  It doesn't help that the nature of the vocabulary used when searching for a new job often gets filtered out as spam.  Just keep an eye out on the spam folder in your inbox during your job search.  It's too easy to let a good opportunity slip by!

 

Another thing to look out for is that you may be unknowingly sending more than one photograph when you apply for a job through email.  Many email clients like gmail are connected to g+ or other personal profile settings that include a personal photo or avatar.  Quite often the professional image you may be trying to portray could be completely compromised by the picture of you in the corner of the email from when you were young and having fun at a party.  Most of the time the pictures are harmless photos of people enjoying their music or sports hobbies, but just be careful that you know exactly what image you are sending to everyone who ever receives an email from you.  When in doubt, keep it professional!

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