Hey all - there is an interesting article
in today's Wall Street Journal that discusses a generational divide that exists in the workplace. It's the sort of thing that you may not even aware you are doing, but doing so is detrimental to your employment opportunities.
It discusses how younger job applicants are turning off their prospective employers by contacting them via text message, or using shorthand when sending thank you messages.
..."Hiring managers...say an increasing number of job hunters are just too casual when it comes to communicating about career opportunities in cyberspace and on mobile devices. Thank yous on paper aren't necessary, but some applicants are writing emails that contain shorthand language and decorative symbols, while others are sending hasty and poorly thought-out messages to and from mobile devices. Job hunters are also using social-networking sites like Facebook and MySpace to try to befriend less-than-willing interviewers.
These incidents typically involve college students and recent graduates, and recruiters say such faux pas can be instant candidacy killers because they hint at immaturity and questionable judgment."
Be aware of the fact that everything you do when applying for a job will be seen as an indicator of what you will do - and how you will interact - when you have that job. Employers in politics can be especially touchy about informal or inappropriate communication skills because, no matter what your job position or title, you will be representing your candidate or your organization at all times!