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Job Search Etiquette

by Scott Brown

For most people, the word “etiquette” conjures up images of privileged wealthy people and esoteric rules of social behavior that have no real meaning. When it comes to business interactions and especially those relating to job searching, etiquette is an important component in coming across as a candidate worth considering. Business etiquette is not about being a snob: in fact, it’s about *not* being a snob. It’s about being considerate of other peoples’ feelings and helping them feel comfortable with the social aspects of interacting with you on a professional basis.


Part of having good etiquette is making a good impression. If your appearance is in good taste and not wildly different from the employer’s own manner of dress and style, they will feel much more comfortable with you. In a job search setting, your “appearance” really begins before you even meet the person face-to-face. It begins with having a well-written cover letter and resume. You’d be surprised how many people have spelling and grammatical errors in their resume. Most word processing software, including Microsoft Word, includes a spelling and grammar check. The formatting of your resume should be neat and easy to read. Don’t use lots of jargon or come across as condescending to the reader.


If the employer gets past reading your resume and is still interested in you, one of two things will happen: they’ll e-mail you or call you on the phone. This is where you need to make sure the experience this person has interacting with you by e-mail and/or phone is professional and pleasant. Don’t use an unprofessional e-mail address like “” You can get a free e-mail account from or if you need to. If you’re using an email account that has a storage limit, make sure you check your messages often enough that a recruiter’s email to you won’t bounce back because your mailbox is full. If you might not be around to answer the phone, make sure the message on your answering machine sounds professional (and make sure the answering machine works). Even better is to change the message on your voice mail daily and when you go out so the caller knows you are checking messages on a regular basis.

When corresponding with an employer by e-mail, rules of proper writing style apply. Don’t write in all capital or all lower-case letters because this is improper writing style and comes across as lazy. Do attempt to create a warm and personal connection with the person in your messages, while remaining professional at the same time. The same goes for phone calls: when answering the phone, it’s important to sound warm and receptive — even if you’re busy with something else. When you get a voice mail from someone, call them back as soon as possible: even if it’s just to let them know you’re busy but you will get back to them with an answer as soon as you can. They will appreciate your thoughtfulness.


When meeting with a recruiter face-to-face, dress neatly and conservatively. Make eye contact with people when they speak to you. In the past, women were to be treated differently in the workplace. This changed when etiquette expert Leticia Baldridge published her rules on business etiquette, saying that women and men should be treated the same way in the work place. For example, a man and a woman should shake hands the same way a man and a man or a woman and a woman would. When shaking hands, offer yours at 90 degree angle with the floor and don’t hold just the fingers or crush the other person’s hand with your grip. Some men may wait for a woman to extend her hand, so women interacting with a male interviewer should offer their hand first.

In the course of your interviews, you may be introduced to various people in an employer’s organization. You should always stand up when being introduced to someone. Even if you are too far away to shake hands, it is considered proper etiquette to stand for introductions.


When you first meet an interviewer or other people in an employer’s organization, they may want to start having a casual conversation with you. The goal of small talk is to find things in common and to create a bond. It’s not that important to be witty – asking questions and being a good listener is fine. You can also be prepared to share a little about yourself such as sports/athletic activities you’re interested in, pets, hobbies, as this can help the other person feel more comfortable opening up about themselves.

Watch out: politics and religion can be dangerous topics, especially if not handled diplomatically. If the interviewer brings them up, it’s fine to make comments about the subject being discussed but be careful not to make categorical statements or express a very strong point of view. Under no circumstances should sex or violence be discussed because they can be very upsetting and make you come across as someone with bad judgment. Likewise, never use profanity with a potential employer/recruiter, even if you’re having a jovial conversation as people often perceive those who use profanity as being less intelligent.

Imagine the communication qualities of a good leader: stick to your convictions as diplomatically as possible; address conflict in a situation-related rather than person-related way.

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Scott Brown is the author of the Job Search Handbook ( As editor of the weekly newsletter on job searching, Scott has written many articles on the subject. He wrote the Job Search Handbook to provide job seekers with a complete yet easy to use guide to finding a job effectively.

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The art of teaching is assisting discovery

In honor of World Teacher Day…

by Upoma Dey

The American poet Mark Van Doren aims to express the role of the teacher which is supreme in many reasons and that is why the world has stored the most respectful salute for these professionals who create other professions. The impact of a teacher exists beyond the time and generation. It is often said in the teaching world that the more you learn the better you teach. We all know that with a little imagination anything is possible and critical thinking is a vital 21st Century Skill for our students.

Learning by experience is always the more apprehended way to teach kids. And it is different than traditional approach. If you are doing this activity outside of a specific project, why not bring in a real, physical piece of art? There is a largely planned process of teachers training programme going on in India. The ultimate goal is to ensure that a contemporary learning takes place in the schools. Teaching practice is an integral component of teacher training. It grants student teachers experience in the actual teaching and learning environment. Teaching practice plays a central role in achieving the general goals of teacher education. The practice periods take place in different stages of the studies, and they provide a student with a chance to familiarize him/ her with education, teaching and learning in their different forms as well as discuss the experiences openly and critically with his/ her co-students and supervisors. If students are doing group work, is every child meaningfully involved? The incredible privilege of having little kids in your life is like witnessing the amazing human and academic growth which happens over the course of a school year. You will really enjoy teaching such small and involved kids, but it takes a professional training little of getting used to with being the little minds and their curiosity. As teachers you can take the long view and know that over the course of a school year, the influence you have on your students resulting in many more positive moments.

Teaching profession is in a high demand and one can get a lucrative join in schools. Teacher training programme trains how to teach kids and focuses on the methodologies, techniques to teach the young learners. As beautiful as it sounds, you really are touching the future when you teach a child.

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Career Help: When to Make an Exit

by Jenna Pearson

Many people today are in need of career help as they aim for advancement inside their current field and/or place of employment. Perhaps the current state of the economy is a factor, or perhaps there may be something going on with your own level of performance on the job that you are not aware of.

The fact is, however, that you want to advance your career and only feel like you are spinning your wheels and getting nowhere instead. Many people in your shoes consider making an exit from their current job in an effort to move forward, but they stall out because of uncertainty.

Before You Leave

If you feel like you need some career help to ensure you reach the pinnacle of success in your job, bear in mind that you have likely spent at least a few years establishing yourself in your current workplace. So before you leave, you do want to ensure that you have done everything possible to advance. Spend some time reviewing your own job description to ensure you are fulfilling the expectations your employer has set for you, and even spend some time reviewing professional requirements and experience for the position you want to advance to. Sometimes people find that they lack the education requirements to advance and need to go back to school for a few more years.

Talk to Your Employer

One way to get career help is to be open with your employer about your desire to advance. Some employers may pass you over on a promotion thinking that you are content in your current position. A “squeaky wheel” definitely gets the attention when it comes time to fill a vacancy in a company.

When You Do Leave

If the time comes and you do decide to make an exit, be sure to follow career help words of wisdom and avoid burning bridges. You may be leaving to make a lateral move in another company that offers more opportunity for advancement, or you may be leaving to make a move to a higher level position in another company. Either way, you will want to ensure that you maintain solid relationships with those in your company. They may be used as professional resources for you, industry contacts, referrals, and so forth in the future. Perhaps you may even return to this company after a few years working at a higher level position in another company, too!

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Jenna Pearson is a personal branding expert and a contributing writer to Career Rocketeer, a very comprehensive website that provides career help to professionals who want to take their careers to greater heights. Save time and money by getting FREE in-depth information on personal branding, as well as insightful tips and tricks on turbo-boosting your career, at this website:

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Career Success – 5 Ways to Give Yourself the Best Chance of Succeeding at Change

by Linda M. Lopeke

Change, like death and taxes, is one of lifes certainties. Sometimes change is imposed on us; other times we are in the drivers seat. You will be promoted more quickly when you prove your ability to initiate and adapt to change.

Regardless of how and where change originates, there are 5 things you control which make it easier to embrace and that stack the deck in your favor to succeed at change. All require watching your language (and bosses respond well when you do).

1. Speak Specifics

When setting goals relating to change, vague is not in vogue. Always be specific. Be definitive. Be concrete. Ambivalence attacks the belief you can achieve your goal and sucks the energy right out of your desire to persist. You must train yourself to ban phrases like Im trying to do x and Im thinking of doing y. Replace them with Im doing x instead. Be exact about what and when. Im getting my black belt in Lean Six Sigma this May creates much more personal power than Im thinking of doing some more work on Lean Six Sigma.

2. Ditch Denial

Ditch denial of responsibility. Forget fancy talk; keep it simple. Dont put control of events outside of yourself. Use present tense, active voice and indicative mood for greater power. Compare Id like to get it done to Nikes famous example Just do it. You experience greater feelings of mastery and enhance personal effectiveness when you eliminate excuses for evading or reducing your responsibility.

3. Nix Negativity

Nix negative statements. No exceptions! They automatically limit you. Youll start to believe them and instantly hinder your progress. Turn all self-limiting, self-defeating I cant statements into positive ones simply by changing the semantics. I cant becomes I choose to or I havent yet but and Its too late becomes Theres still time to. Reversing negative talk immediately expands your possibilities.

4. Package the Past

Put all previous negative habits and self-defeating behaviors into the past with the phrase I used to be. Let all your ideas of self that arent serving you well go. Dont hang onto them needlessly. Expressing them only in the past tense instantly categorizes them as things that have changed, are changing, or can change. As you think and say so you are.

5. Pitch the Present

Pitch all positive attributes and habits in present tense even if you havent fully mastered them or arent consistently applying them yet. This creates a demand to be congruent by living up to who you say you are and how you see yourselfyou will not become the person you want to be if you are constantly telling yourself Im not this or I cant be or do that. Feel the difference between the person who says I always find a way and the one who always says theres nothing I can do.

Change does not have to be hard. Make it easier on yourself starting today!

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Career advancement expert and professional mentor Linda M. Lopeke is a leading authority on how to succeed on the 21st century workplace and the creator of SMARTSTART Mentoring Programs: Success-to-go for people working @ the speed of life!

Photo of the Week: Higher Education Day

The cost of higher education is a serious concern here in the U.S. as our students look longingly overseas when word of free or low tuition reaches our shores. How does the U.S. compare to other countries around the world when it comes to things like cost and enrollment? Find out in this infographic from InfographicWorld.