Online Communication: Mastering Netiquette in Your Job Search

Proper Etiquette for Professional Online Communication

Well, this isn’t a “Dear Abby” situation since the internet and online communication wasn’t a thing yet back in the days of newspaper advice columns. However, polite correspondences will never go out of fashion–online or otherwise. You can think of it as a “Dear Peter” online advice article!

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In today’s online communication culture, so much interaction is conducted on the Internet. It has many advantages, one being saving time. However, one disadvantage is the lack of face-to-face or even voice-to-voice interaction.

It is easy to misinterpret the tone or implication inherent in some messages, whether receiving or sending. Just ask anyone who has been misunderstood on Facebook and attacked vehemently by keyboard crusaders out for blood!

In my career article titled The Netiquette of Internet Communications I go more depth on the following pitfalls and pointers to keep you appropriate and successful in your Internet Job Search. Check it out!

1. Understand style implications.

2. Use e-mail appropriately.

3. Don’t send multiple copies.

4. Practice safe e-mailing.

5. Respond appropriately.

6. Follow instructions.

7. Be specific.

8. Avoid cover letters.

9. Do unto others.

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