Job Choices 2012 - Diversity Edition - (Page 48)
Accustomed to texting during class? Do you check your Facebook page throughout the day? Send tweets to your followers? If you’re about to enter the world of work, expect your communication habits to undergo a radical change.
n the workplace, you will be expected to comply with rules and policies governing personal use of the Internet and electronic devices. During working hours, your use of technology will be company-centered and more controlled than what you’re used to now. That might be hard for you to fathom, especially if, like many new grads, you’re used to swapping flash drives, sharing passwords with close friends, and leaving your computer unlocked. Unfortunately, many new hires only discover they have violated their organization’s security or “general use” rules governing electronic devices after they make the mistake of logging on to an unauthorized site, leaving a company laptop unsecured, or downloading forbidden programs.
DON’T STAND ON THE CAP KEY
Unfortunately, there are many mistakes you can make in e-mail, but these are many employers’ pet peeves when it comes to e-mail in the workplace:
• MESSAGES IN ALL CAPS • messages in all lower case • Incorrect, punctuation • Using “text speak”; i.e., “Thx 4 meeting. Talk to u l8r” • Responding messages that don’t answer the question • Writing the “Great American Novel” (e-mails that are too long) • Sending unnecessarily large attachments • Overusing the “cc” and “blind cc” functions • Forwarding jokes, chain e-mails, or offensive material • Discussing personally sensitive issues • Not using the subject line—or not changing it to agree with the topic
Job Choices: Diversity Edition 2012
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