Message to job hunters: using slang and texting abbreviations is fine when communicating with friends, but not with potential employers.
Here’s a message Gladys Ahrens received recently from a candidate confirming an interview for an administrative assistant job: “See u next thurs 10 am”
Ahrens, vice president of administration with Chernoff Diamond & Co., LLC in Garden City, was not impressed. “In this day and age,” she wrote in an email, “when most grade-schoolers know how to use computers and cell phones better than their parents, are we becoming a society that uses slang and texting abbreviations so often that it is becoming acceptable?
Allison Hemming, president and founder of The Hired Guns talent agency in Manhattan, says that’s a definite “no.” Indeed, she thinks this candidate shot him or herself in the foot with this ultra-casual message: “Right off the bat this says ‘this person takes shortcuts.’”
Hiring managers, do you have other pet peeves we can share with job hunters? Send them our way.
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