TU for the Interview? NVR!

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Thanks to mobile technology, you can find new job opportunities, network online and research prospective employers on the run. But be warned: When you call a prospective boss or send him a post-interview thank you e-mail, you should sit down and turn off your Blackberry. Formal communications standards and traditional etiquette rules still apply to the job hunting process.

Among other things, experts suggest calling from a land line in a quiet location, so there's no chance of a dropped call or interference from background noise. And don't send thank you notes from a hand-held device, because you might be tempted to use online chat acronyms.

While you're at it, make sure to customize your message in your post-interview e-mail. Not only will it raise your standing, but you'll demonstrate your professional communications skills. Start out by mentioning at least one thing the interviewer said during your meeting, which will grab his attention and prove you were listening. Then emphasize how you'll use your talents and previous experience to succeed on the job.

Since e-mails are considered formal business communications, follow the same rules you would when writing a business letter. If time allows, ask someone you trust to review your note for spelling, grammatical errors and the general quality of your message.

Since you scored a great impression during the interview, don't be all thumbs when it comes to communicating afterward.

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