Job searchers can e-mail, text and "friend" potential employers, but there are some common-sense rules of techno-etiquette.Î¾ How you use technology speaks volumes about your skills, your style, your ability to connect and your manners, according to Rob Hellerman with The Five O'Clock Club.Î¾ He says the first step should be getting the word out.
"Come up with a huge network—150 people, 200 people—let every one of them know what you're doing, clearly.Î¾ What is your target?Î¾ This is the first thing that you should do.Î¾ Doesn't, forget about technology.Î¾ Forget about Twitter, forget about Facebook and all that.Î¾ This is the basics, right?Î¾ Let everybody know what you're looking to do, where you're looking to do it, and tell them, you know, any contacts would be appreciated.Î¾ Build relationships, get additional referrals.Î¾ That's the basics."Î¾Î¾
Hellerman says it's a matter of using common sense.Î¾ Use the technologies available—social network sites, Linked In, e-mail—but in the correct way and at the correct time.Î¾ But it all starts with a well-written resume.
"Yeah, you need a traditional resume.Î¾ People are looking for that.Î¾ That doesn't mean you can't include it as an attachment in an e-mail.Î¾ Absolutely feel free to do that.Î¾ You have to use your judgment in terms of when to contact by e-mail and when to contact by letter.Î¾ Some people are starting to put their resumes up on the Web in certain Web sites.Î¾ Those are great, actually.Î¾ That's when you have something visual you want to display.Î¾ That kind of thing."
Hellerman says in an age where e-mailing and texting seem to be preferred ways of communication, it may come as a surprise that snail mail is actually the best way to get recognized by hiring managers.Î¾