10 simple job search etiquette tips you must follow!


There’s a headline you don’t want to be a part of. But your job search tactics may unknowingly be letting you. Are you following these 10 rules when it comes to the dos and don’ts of job search etiquette?

When you apply for a job, follow the directions given. Don’t blow off a requested item just because you don’t feel like doing it. Conversely, don’t submit any more information than employers asks for.  If they only want a resume don’t send a resume and a writing sample and a list of references and letters of recommendation. All you’ve proven is your inability to follow directions.

Clean up your online presence. Quit letting friends tag you in pictures from Saturday night’s party. Stop trashing coworkers and using foul language in your tweets and status updates. Guess who’s seeing your pictures and updates: Employers. And they aren’t inviting you for interviews thanks to your online presence.

Ditch the personality email address. Shopaholic@gmail.com, Funfoodie@hotmail.com and lovingGod@yahoo.com are fun and personal, but unprofessional. For job searching, use an email address that’s a combination of your name/initials.

Stick with a business letter format when applying via email.   Emailing and texting encourages quick conversations where grammar rules are tossed aside. Bring them back because this email is a cover letter or job prospecting letter. Begin with the proper salutation (Dear Mrs. Jones; Dear Mr. Smith). No text lingo or emoticons. Don’t LOL, 😉 or 🙂 at an employer. Ever.

Don’t no-show for a job interview. It’s rude. Things come up: Someone gets sick, your car breaks down. If there’s no way you can make the interview for legitimate reasons, contact the employer as soon as possible to inquire about rescheduling. If you change your mind about the job, you should still call the employer to decline the interview. But think long before doing this. Once you say you’re no longer interested in the position, it’s a done deal.

Dress appropriately for interviews. Why are so many blog posts still written about what to wear and not wear for job interviews? Because apparently interviewers still aren’t paying attention.

Send a thank you note – immediately. Email or write a thank you note within 24 to 48 hours after the interview. Is it required? Technically no. Should you consider it required? Absolutely yes.

Follow up with employers – don’t stalk them. When it’s your turn to ask questions during the interview, find out what’s next in the hiring process. The answer gives you an idea of when you could expect to hear about a job offer. Use this time frame to gauge when you should contact the employer if you haven’t heard anything. Just remember the difference between contacting and harassing. Daily or weekly phone calls and emails guarantee you won’t get the offer.

Give a job offer strong consideration before accepting or rejecting it. Don’t take job offers lightly. Employers don’t want to hire someone, only to have them quit during the first week or month. Conversely, once you reject a job offer, it’s unlikely you’ll be considered for future opportunities. Weigh all the pros and cons before making your decision.

Remember that your behavior isn’t fleeting – it’s forever. The world of work can be small. The way you behave from start to finish during the job search and hiring process is part of your professional brand. Employers share notes. Don’t be the topic of conversation that gets you blacklisted from future opportunities.