It's important to observe online etiquette, or netiquette, when looking for an IT job.
With many job applications being done online these days, it is important for IT job seekers to know the proper way to conduct themselves online. By respecting boundaries and demonstrating respect for hiring personnel, you will avoid obstacles that could cost you jobs.
Check your digital footprint before the interview.
Before a job interview even takes place, IT hiring managers may be searching Google and social media to see what they can find out about potential candidates. What will they find? Searching yourself on Google and checking all your social media profiles can give you an idea what hiring managers will see about you whenever in the process they decide to look. Even profiles set to private can sometimes be accessed, so assume that if you post it, a hiring manager could find it.
If you do find negative information or harmful posts, do whatever you can to get rid of them. On your own social media pages, you have control over content, but if the content is on someone else's site, contact the site manager and request that the damaging information be removed. You may even want to send correspondence from a lawyer, which makes things look more official and implies that you might take action if your request is denied.
Don't assume the hiring manager is as comfortable with technology as you are.
Most IT hiring managers should be comfortable with technology, but some may be old school when it comes to newer technologies like social media or mobile devices. Even if they are familiar with the same technologies you are, it is likely that their ideas about when and how they should be used differ from yours.
It is best to let the IT hiring manager set the tone for how technology will be used in the interview process. If a manager asks for electronic information or requests to be contacted at a personal number, that demonstrates a particular comfort level. You will typically encounter cues that will tell you how to proceed with different managers.
Email is a useful tool during the interview process, but must be used carefully.
Wait to be invited to make personal contact.
Most hiring managers will give out contact information at some point in the interview process. Finding personal email addresses and cell phone numbers isn't ingenious or ambitious, it borders on stalking. If you should come across such numbers in your job search, don't use them unless personally invited to do so by the hiring manager or possibly a very close mutual friend who will be dropping your name to the manager before you call.
Think about it? Would you want to be called on your personal cell phone about a job opening? Figuring out how you would want to be contacted should give you a good idea about how to conduct yourself unless otherwise stated by the hiring manager. It may make you stand out to use personal contact information, but it won't be in a good way. Let your skills speak for themselves by observing healthy boundaries and treating IT hiring managers as you would want to be treated.
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