7 Steps to Improve Your Organization Skills at Work

Improving your organization skills is an important part of being productive and efficient at work.  On this post, we present seven steps that you can do to improve your personal organization skills, regardless of your job or profession. Continue reading “7 Steps to Improve Your Organization Skills at Work”

How to Get a Job in a Tough Market

There might be problems with the economy and the employment market is not as welcoming as it used to be.  Nevertheless, your success in getting a job will still depend on your effort and strategy.  On this post, let us take a look at the steps you can do to get hired despite the obstacles you may face: Continue reading “How to Get a Job in a Tough Market”

How to Prepare Yourself for a Job Interview

If you will be going for a job interview for the first time, there are certain tips that you should be aware of to fully prepare yourself. Making the necessary efforts to prepare yourself will not only make you feel more confident as the day approaches but also have a bigger chance to impress your interviewer. Here are tips that you can practice before the day of your interview: Continue reading “How to Prepare Yourself for a Job Interview”

The Difference Between Good and Bad Resumes

Is there really such a thing as a good resume and a bad resume?  In order to get hired for a job, you must be able to pass the job interview.  However, in order for you to get called for an interview, you must first submit your resume along with a cover letter.  Continue reading “The Difference Between Good and Bad Resumes”

6 Office Email Etiquette to Remember

Using the electronic messaging system or e-mail for work is different from personal use.  Sending the wrong email message may cause trouble or may even get you fired.  In this article, we present six office email etiquette everyone should remember:

1. Use office email for work-related correspondence only.  See to it that you use the company email exclusively for communications that are related to work.  It’s always recommended that you create a separate email account using a different email hosting service for your personal use.  For example, you can set-up a personal email account at Yahoo, Gmail or Hotmail. When sending personal messages to your friends, family, relatives and other personal acquaintances, use your personal email, not your office email.

2. Do not use office email to send confidential information.  You should consider your office email as a public property.   Your IT administrator and even your superiors can easily access this account if they choose to or in circumstances when it is needed.  So if you have a negative thing to say about your boss or your company, you can be certain that it’s not smart to use your office email.

3. Be discreet when forwarding messages.  Avoid sending or forwarding viral email messages to the people at your office.  If you have received such an email from an unknown resource, don’t forward it to your contacts.  Instead, you should delete the email.  Not only is it a waste of time and inbox space, such messages may also contain viruses or malicious programs which can put your company’s network system in danger. Furthermore, if the message is unimportant, fight the urge to forward the email to others.

4. Watch the CC and BCC functions.  CC stands for Carbon Copy and BBC stands for Blind Carbon Copy.  Both CC and BCC functions can be used when you need to send the same message to more than one recipient. However, take note that when sending through the CC feature, the email accounts of everyone you sent the email to will be visible to all.  On the other hand, if you use the Bcc features, the email accounts will not be visible to the recipients of your email.

When sending the same email to a number of recipients, there is a tendency to switch the two functions by mistake.  This can be risky since you could be revealing confidential email accounts to people who shouldn’t have access to them in the first place.

5  Grow up.  The use of smileys and emoticons should also be avoided when sending business letters through email.  Ending your sentences with smileys and other emotions make your e-mail looks unprofessional.

6. Be professional.  It’s important to show courtesy and professionalism even when communicating via email.  Make sure that you spell all your words correctly and avoid using abbreviations when not applicable.  Some people send email messages with misspelled words and acronyms as if they are communicating through chat.  It is very unprofessional and should be avoided. If you’re not sure about the spelling of a word, use an automated spell checker.