The invention of the Blackberry and subsequently, the iPhone, were two of the worst recent innovations for job seekers.
I know all the “mobilly connected” out there are gasping in horror, at the thought of being, even just temporarily disconnected. Especially since Blackberries, Driods, and iPhones are how most employees check their personal email (especially while in job search), while on the job – But Blackberrys and iPhones are bad for your employability.
How many job seekers out there have gotten a response from a recruiter, HR rep or hiring manager, and were so excited that they responded right away…on their Crackberry?
I’ll bet there are a lot of readers who have made this mistake.
So why is it a mistake? Why is responding on an iPhone or Blackberry so bad?
It sends many different types of bad first impressions. Here’s a few:
- Have you ever noticed that when you receive an email from a Blackberry or iPhone, you can usually tell it was sent from a mobile device? Especially if you’ve received the message on a desktop or laptop. It’s not just because it’s been sent with a signature line that says sent from my Blackberry …
… but because of the typos, misspellings, and the all small case letters that typically come from messages sent on mobile devices (that have poor, if any spell checking capability).
- If you answer an employer’s/recruiter’s call right away, it makes you look a like a desperate jobseeker, giving the impression of a lovestruck 16 year old waiting for the phone to ring.
- Answering on your Blackberry or iPhone may cause the hiring manager to wonder if you spend all day texting, tweeting, and Facebooking from your cell phone. You may want to give a different first impression about your productivity as an employee.
- Answering on your cell phone leaves you unprepared. Can you go into detail while you’re at work? Are you making your best first impression while in the grocery store checkout line, or while concentrating on traffic? Do you have your resume in front of you while you’re taking the call on your cell phone – and is it the version you sent this specific employer? Do you really think you sound calm, collected, together, and prepared taking an unexpected employer call on your cell phone?
But with the advent of instant, mobile, always with you communication comes the desire to use it. If you get an email back from a company that is interested in you, how many of us have enough self-control to wait until lunchtime and can answer from a laptop at Starbucks?
Especially to the most addicted Crackberry addicts or iPhone fans … that email will probably be burning a hole in your pocket until you can return it. Just take a deep breath, stay calm, and answer it when you are on your lunch break. I can guarantee you they haven’t filled the job in the couple hours that you delayed in order to put your best foot forward.
M’aam … just step away from the Blackberry.
This isn’t just limited to text/email communications … it applies to voice also. If you are in a job search, and the primary number you give is your cell, don’t risk getting caught unprepared for an employer call. Screen your calls, or use a service (try Google Voice, it’s free) to screen calls if you can’t resist picking up all incoming calls, especially the ones listed as “unknown” by caller ID.
In “5 Tips On Slaying The Phone Interview” (http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/05/27/5-tips-on-slaying-the-phone-interview/), I go into detail about why you should screen potential employer calls, having conversations on your terms and when you’re ready.
How will you go through iPhone rehab in order to make a better first impression on employers?-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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