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Don"t Make the Hiring Manager Doubt Your Communication Skills

Facebook, Twitter, and texting are fun and popular, and social media sites in general can absolutely be valuable tools in your job search.
LinkedIn is the most professional and most productive on the whole, but Facebook and Twitter each have a place in your strategy.
They can both be a source for job leads, and they can be a way for you to contact hiring managers and recruiters.
However, the informal, abbreviated language and spelling that people commonly use with these means of communication are absolutely not appropriate when you contact a medical sales recruiter or a health care hiring manager.
Some candidates try to be more informal to establish a connection and show their personality, but it can backfire on them.
As a recruiter, when I get communications from candidates that include too-familiar forms of address ("Peggy" instead of "Ms.
McKee"), choppy language, grammar or spelling errors, or even things like "u" instead of "you," I don't know if they are deliberately trying to be less formal, or if they really don't know the proper way to say or spell whatever it is.
What's worse, I don't know if they know where the line is for when it's appropriate to be formal and when it's OK to lighten up.
The candidate appears to be less professional and becomes a risk for me to recommend, and for an employer to hire.
You always want to step it up a notch or two in your job search.
In the same way that you make an effort to "dress up" for the interview, you want to put your best foot forward in your initial and continuing communication with employers and recruiters as a candidate.

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