We got so accustomed to instant communications - quick email exchanges, constant cell-phone availability - that when there is a glitch it can cause quite a bit of frustration. Now, there are some things we can't control, and hiccups do occur in technology from time to time. But particularly if you are in a job search - where professional communication is key! - be certain you are not perpetrating annoying communications behaviors like these:
• Calling after every email to be sure it was received (if you haven't had a response within 5 minutes).
• Responding to emails without addressing or acknowledging all of the questions/issues, so your correspondent has to follow up again.
• Calling, emailing, text-messaging, faxing, FedExing, and otherwise communicating the same information in many ways at the same time.
• Sending much more information than is needed - perpetrating needless paper proliferation.
• Repeatedly playing phone-tag and not leaving explicit instructions about when and where you can be reached.
• Making cell-phone calls from noisy places and yelling in your listener's ear.
• Trying to conduct an in-depth, serious discussion on a lousy cell-phone connection (much better to call back from a landline or try a different, quiet spot to connect from your cell).
Cut through the clutter with crisp, focused, complete, elegant messages in any medium and you'll boost your image as a polished professional.
Posted by Louise Kursmark