Employer Spotlight

Recruit Gen Y Stars

You need new tools to attract the new breed of talent - Experience will help you build your team with Gen Y stars.


Ease of Use

Our management dashboard helps you easily post jobs, pinpoint targeted candidates and manage your talent pipeline.


All Needles, No Hay

Don't wait for the best candidates to come to your door - with Experience, you can proactively target top talent.


Build Your Experience

Experience is your most important asset - we're here to help you find that next opportunity.


Tell Your Story

You're so much more than just your resume. Showcase your Experience.


Connections Matter

Introductions are made easy when you have Experience -- connect with alumni, mentors and industry insiders.


Use eRecruiting by Experience on campus?
Find your school here.

Home  > Article

Instant Message

An actor never forfeits a line. Think of each electronic message as an opportunity to reinforce your individuality in the minds of those who might someday be called upon to evaluate you. Like a good actor, get in character, and stay in character.

Dear Annette,

My coworker and I work very closely and constantly share information and results. Our offices are right next to each other. We email each other constantly. Lately I've been getting the cold shoulder, and have finally learned why. Apparently he's frustrated because I send him email messages that have just an attachment and a subject line. Am I supposed to put smiley faces on all my internal correspondence?

Frowny Face

Dear Frowny Face,

Email customs seem to stimulate the amateur documentary filmmaker in all of us, and I'm certainly no exception. It can be fascinating to read all the different styles of email ? the urban legends, the newsletters, the virus hoaxes, and the genuine correspondence from real people. Many people are still asking themselves whether email is writing, speech, both, or neither. The answer depends on the type of email.

You and your coworker are exchanging messages and files in a form of correspondence that is like speech. And in speech, you can't just hand someone something. You?ve got to say a few simple, courteous words, like "Darling, would you care for another strawberry?"

Even if you say, "Here is the Strawberry file" as you press the Send key, it is in your best interest to enclose a little message with your message. There are practical reasons ? your esteemed colleague can find the precious document later, you can later demonstrate to your biographer that indeed you sent it. And there are interpersonal reasons as well. Your one-line missive, complete with greeting and closing, tells your coworker you think he's fabulous enough to deserve a complete message every time.

Besides, if you have ever been on the stage, you know an actor never forfeits a line. Think of each message as an opportunity to reinforce your individuality in the minds of those who might someday be called upon to evaluate you. Like a good actor, get in character, and stay in character. Develop a special quirk, a way of signing messages perhaps, that personalizes them and makes the recipient look forward to receiving them. Your signature file is not enough, just as a piece of letterhead doesn?t substitute for the message it carries.

Use this calling card every time you email. Like any habit ? using a turn signal even when driving home from an afterparty at 4:00 in the morning comes to mind ? consistency is the key to success.

If you want something even more immediate and more informal than email, consider chat.

The most successful email establishes mutual fabulousness when you treat your recipient as though he were the most important person in the world and, in the style with which you do so, reinforce what an outstanding character you are.

Stay fabulous,

Copyright 2000-2004 ©, Inc.

More Related Articles

How to Explore Another Career If You Started on the Wrong Path
Changing careers, even for those in their twenties, is a tall task. But if you think you've picked the wrong line of work, it's time to start scoping out other areas that interest you.

Decoding the Dress Code
It's not your parents' workplace anymore - nor their dress code. Gone are the stuffy three-piece suits and conservative skirt sets of times past, replaced with a canvas of khaki on which a world of individuality is expressed, as if to say, "Trust me: I'm casual."

What should I ask for when going from consultant to full-time?
For someone going from contractor to full-time employee, the difference in pay depends on how expenses were tracked and on the responsibilities of the full-time position.

Google Web Search
Didn't see what you were looking for?
powered by Google
Copyright ©2017 Experience, Inc Privacy Policy Terms of Service