With so many professionals navigating the waters of their careers both in the full-time work force and on their own, inter-personal skills like cultivating contacts and meaningful networking are perhaps more important than ever. But with so much of our communication done electronically – and even short-handed with Twitter hashtags, abbreviations and emoticons – a lot of simple etiquette that used to be considered good form or simply “professional” have gone by the wayside. So reports blog LoveLifeEat.
Granted, an e-mail follow-up letter to an interview or networking meeting is acceptable (probably preferable to a hand-written snail-mail note), but certain “old-school” practices have never gone out of style. A former corporate manager-turned-consultant weighs in with some business etiquette tips for job-seekers, consultants, or anyone looking for guidance in the business world.
Among her pet peeves:
Be courteous to everyone in your professional life
Don’t waste a potential mentor’s time
Be sure to thank everyone and anyone who is willing to help you (an e-mail is fine)
Don’t ask for a meeting until you've pinpointed exactly what you’re looking for.