Graduated? Seven job tips for college graduates.
3. Say goodbye to 'um,' 'ah,' and LOL
It doesn’t matter how smart or qualified you are, if you can’t write, speak, and act like a professional, no one will hire you to be a professional. If you’ve never learned to communicate in a serious and capable manner, it’s going to be very difficult to get hiring managers to take you seriously as a candidate. Here are some critical tips for communicating like a pro:
- Practice conducting conversations in an articulate and confident way.
- Cut the words “um”, “like”, “you know”, and “ah” out of your vocabulary.
- Do your homework. Prepare and research a company, organization, or person before you speak or write to them.
- In written correspondence, it is never okay to use text-isms (ENUF, LOL, GR8) or other 140-character shortcuts.
- Double-check your written work. Typos and misplaced words reflect poorly on you.
- Follow up from all communications with written notes that show your appreciation, summarize the conversation, and suggest a next course of action.
- Be personable. People buy people. If they like you, they are more likely to want to help, and maybe even hire you.