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Our secret hiring decision maker is back with more insight! We may not all be “writers” out there, but we should still definitely consider tone…

TIP #9: RIGHT INFORMATION, WRONG TONE

How you communicate in an email is definitely trickier than in person. Written words cannot rely on delivery. They are black and white on a screen, so the reader inserts his or her own reading – and this can be a problem. I’ve seen applicants add one of two mistakes. Either they sound so stiff and businesslike that it feels like they got the messaging out of a “How-To-Write-A-Business-Email” textbook. Or they are too casual, writing things like “Hey man, I saw your website and it looks awesome! What a cool place to work!” That’s probably way too casual for most managers. Remember it isn’t a posting on your friend’s wall and it shouldn’t be treated that way (too bad emails don’t come with a “Like” button).

The Suggestion: You have to hit the happy medium. The goal is to sound approachable and friendly. At this point it’s not about whether I want to work with you for years to come. It’s really about whether or not I want to spend 30 minutes with you in a conference room going over your resume. Make me want to meet you.