Sunday, September 14, 2014

Netiquette IQ Blog of The Day - Honesty and Directness in Your Email or Resume Cover


Honesty and directness in your email cover
There are many people from various business environments, job seekers, sales/marketing professionals, customer service, students or other fields that, even though they are among the best qualified, have gaps, brief times of employment with companies or some negative factors which could potentially jeopardize their chances of successful consideration for achieving their end goals such as being hired. I have often said that a proactive approach to bad news, unmet goals, unfulfilled promises and potential pitfalls in something like a hiring process is the best action to create and build an honest and lasting relationship. Many people will instead take the following actions:
Ignoring Netiquette
Violating rules of Ethics
Omission of potentially salient data
Avoiding negative issues altogether
Changing the subject
Giving unrelated information
Instead of any of the above, when you have identified potentially problematic issues, then present information which can address any negatives may which exist. Mention some counter balances which can sway the pendulum to your side such as:
Strong skills which will be useful
Significant accomplishment which are special
Offer benefits you can add to the environment which go beyond the requirements
Your ethics
Unusual lessons learned
There are many more. This approach may not always matter in attaining unique goals, but if they do, you will have established a basis of honesty, trust and respect many others might not attain.
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