Old school manners haven’t gone out of style. Having manners means you behave in a respectful way toward others. While these are written and unwritten rules for behaving ethically and respectfully in our interactions with other people, they are still important when trying to find a new job.
Have We Lost Our Manners?
A Civility in America study says we’ve forgotten our manners. According to the research, 70% of Americans say, “incivility has reached crisis proportions.” Social media and our handheld devices have launched a new wave of incivility across the U.S. Handheld digital devices are notorious conversation interrupters, and many people seem fine with interrupting conversation, shopping, or any other activity, with a glance at their smartphone.
But how does all this rudeness affect the job search? How can simple politeness increase the chances that you’ll land your dream job?
How Can Manners Help Us in the Job Search?
Following what some Americans would consider old school etiquette in the job search process is still en vogue. Here are some ways to apply manners to the process:
- Networking is key to finding the next job. When meeting new people be sure to present yourself in a way that is polite, likable, and mature. If business cards are exchanged, it’s always a good idea to send a brief email saying how nice it was to meet them. When communicating online, these exchanges should be upbeat and polite.
- Interviewing is a skill that many people haven’t mastered. Using skills like listening, saying “thank you,” and, of course, turning off your cell phone are crucial if you want to be considered for the job. Always thank the interviewer for taking the time to chat. If you’re wondering whether sending a thank you note after the interview is worth it, the answer is that politeness demands it. Even if rejection is in the air, send a thank you email that says you appreciate being considered for the role.
- On the job is the most important place to exhibit your politeness. Always conduct yourself with courtesy, no matter how difficult it may be. Manners and attitude could make the difference in a promotion or raise, so taking the time to exhibit old-school manners could really pay off.
Typical ways to exhibit manners includes the basics like “please” and “thank you.” Saying “Good morning” is an easy way to start the day off right. Saying, “excuse me” if you bump into someone on your way into the elevator as well as making small talk with coworkers in the elevator will help your coworkers reflect favorably on your attitude.
Old School Manners are Never Outdated
Blackstone Technology Group looks for the kinds of candidates that exhibit behaviors that reflect well on themselves and your company. We carefully vet candidates for both hard and soft skills to determine their potential for contributing to your company.
For job candidates, our team can help prepare you for your next career path. Contact us to find out how we can help keep your company or career moving forward.