Text Speak: NSFW

As recruiters, the majority of our days are spent speaking, writing, and reading everything from emails to resumes, portfolios, and blogs. This is often our first impression of you, whether we meet you in person or via phone or skype. Whether you are seeking a new position or just looking to network, using professional and grammatically correct speech is very important to hiring managers and recruiters alike. It can be easy to fall into a habit of using informal speech, but please remember to limit your usage of “LOL” “BRB” and “on fleek” to your personal life.

We are the first to admit that when we text or email at home, we are huge fans of abbreviations and “text speak” to save time. When addressing anyone throughout the job search process, proper and formal communication always wins. If you’re not sure how to compose written communication, use Google to find templates and suggestions for cover letters, thank you notes, and resignation letters. When you’re finished, always remember to spell check! Ask a parent, professor, or connection to proofread and act as a second pair of eyes to catch mistakes. If you can, try to have a couple of different people look it over as everyone notices different details. 

This isn’t just limited to written communication but is important when meeting anyone face to face as well. Our clients want to hear that you are articulate and can speak formally and intelligently when communicating with coworkers, clients, and executives. Many of the positions that we place are client or customer facing, so a big part of being a good fit for the position means being able to communicate effectively and efficiently throughout the interview process. This rule applies to everyone you meet – whether it is the receptionist, the hiring manager, or even the CEO, they will be listening and gauging whether or not you will be a good cultural and professional fit for the company.

You never know when you will run into a potential employer or network with someone that may be able to assist you with finding your next opportunity. We often attend learning and networking events or career fairs looking for the next generation of talent. Even if you are a freshman or sophomore, the connections you make at these events can always help you down the road. In these brief interactions, your communication style is the best way to represent that you are a great hire.

You may have heard it a thousand times, but we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t mention social media. If you have personal social media accounts, these are a great opportunity to show another side of your personality and thought process. You can post articles and blogs about your field or industry, or even tweet important industry influencers. If your social media profiles are public, it is important for you to speak intelligently and correctly here as well. If not, you should always keep your profile locked down and private.

Using “text speak” or informal English can be easy and appealing as a time saver, but remember to keep it professional as you look for a job. You could run into your next hiring manager anywhere and you will be able to say that you put the best foot forward in finding your next opportunity.