Archive for June, 2016
Today, email is definitely the preferred means of communication in the workplace – though texting isn’t far behind it. And smartphones are increasingly the preferred means of emailing. While email and smartphones have made communication exponentially more convenient, it’s easy to make mistakes as we write and respond instantly, and often while on the go. So it’s important to take heed to a few rules of etiquette that will make your email communications much more effective.
1. Don’t use personal email accounts for work-related conversations. For one thing, personal email handles, if they don’t include your full name, can come off as unprofessional. For another, it can be confusing to others to receive your messages from two different email addresses. Finally, it’s better to conduct work with your work email, so that you can keep an organized record of projects, meetings, and other work activities.
2. Use exclamation marks sparingly, and ALL CAPS almost never. They simply come off louder than you want them to, and can read as slightly off-putting. Save exclamation marks for congratulating your team on a big success, or other occasions of that nature – and even then, use one, not several.
3. The same goes for hitting “reply all.” This one is tricky. You don’t want to exclude someone from the conversation who may need or want to be copied. But you also don’t want to clog up your colleagues’ email with a back and forth that doesn’t pertain to them. So just think twice before you reply to everyone, if a simple reply to the original sender of the message would suffice.
4. Make your subject line clear and concise. Recipients should know exactly what the email is about by reading the subject line. Also, if there’s a job code associated with the email, always include it in the subject line. This will make it easier for people to search for the email chain later.
5. Check for errors. Just because your smartphone emails may include an apology in advance, for any mistakes make “on the go,” that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to make them error free. Always read over your email before you send it, and take the time to correct mistakes. After all, a lot can get lost or misunderstood over email, so give yours the best possible chance to be effective.
6. Always respond to your emails. Life gets busy, and it’s easy to get into the habit of not responding to emails once we’ve gotten the bare minimum we need. But if you give a response to let the person know you received the email, they’ll appreciate the consideration.
Being a great communicator is one of the most important skills you can possess in the workplace. So make sure you’re as polite and considerate over email as you would be in person.
Changing jobs has its challenges, but changing fields is a whole other matter. No matter how much theoretical knowledge you may possess, the bottom line is that hiring managers really like you to have experience. That doesn’t mean you should let your lack of experience deter you from taking a risk and trying something new. Everyone has to start somewhere, and jumping through a few hoops in the short term can really pay off for your long-term happiness.
Let’s say you’ve been working in IT for 10 years, and you’d really like to move to a new field of information technology. While you’ve studied up on your own and feel you’ve got a good understanding of the field, you don’t have any actual work experience. How do you proceed?
First, keep in mind that if you’ve been a strong performer and are highly valued in your current position, this will speak volumes to hiring managers. That’s because employers are smart enough to choose a sure bet over someone with a perfect skillset who doesn’t have a clear history of always delivering. So make sure you’ve got measurable results to show, as well as recommendations from bosses and colleagues.
Your past success isn’t all you’ll need, if you want to change fields. Make sure you invest in any classes that can help get you fully up to speed on the required skills. You can also join professional organizations and attend events to learn about what’s going on in the field. List these classes and organizations on your resume.
Another great idea is to request a meeting with a hiring manager or recruiter. Without having to be selected for a formal interview, you’ll frame it as a conversation. You can then discuss your goals, and how what you’re working on now relates to what’s required in your new field.
Finally, don’t give up. It may take a little time to make the change, but if you keep at it, it will happen.
Looking for new opportunities in your field, or in a brand new one? We love hearing from qualified candidates. Check out job openings at companies all over the country with TRC Staffing Services, Inc.
In April, more tech professionals quit their jobs than in March. This is according to the latest U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. And it’s part of a continuing trend, as this quarter, more techies quit than in the last.
Why the voluntary quits? Many workers are simply leaving their current positions to accept or search for new, better ones that pay more for their skill set. This confidence in their ability to find new jobs suggests a strong economy, at least where tech is concerned.
But besides money, there are other reasons more tech pros are quitting their jobs. A recent Dice survey found that 43 percent of tech professionals who plan on quitting are searching for better working conditions. A third of the workers who are leaving their jobs desire more responsibility within their position. Another 16 percent are looking for a shorter commute, while 14 percent are relocating. And companies are taking notice.
As tech professionals get choosier, employers are responding by increasing incentives to retain them. More companies are offering higher compensation, more challenging assignments, flexible work schedules, opportunities to work remotely, and more frequent promotions.
All that to say, it’s a great time to be in tech. If you’re interested in pursuing your own new opportunities, the cards are stacked in your favor. Check out TRC Staffing Solutions for jobs available in your desired area.