Job Search Etiquette

Job Search Etiquette

Etiquette – the customary code of polite behaviour in society or among members of a particular profession or group.


Finding the right job can be tough, that’s why we wanted to share our Job Search Etiquette tips to help you improve your chances of securing your ideal role. It is fair to say that your behaviour, manners, and actions at all stages of the job search process can determine whether or not you are offered the job. I’ve written before about making a positive first or lasting impression – how you never get a second chance to make a first impression. The same goes for the way you handle your job search.


Lately as an industry there has been an increase in the number of job seekers refusing to speak on the telephone. Reverting to email or text at every opportunity. It’s good to talk. You cannot build a rapport with a keyboard. And then there’s the new trend – ‘ghosting’ – you’re not dating. Treat others the way you want to be treated.


Top 5 job search etiquette rules:


Keep your email address professional

We see some really interesting email addresses which might put some hiring managers off. Remember first impressions count for everything in your job search.


Respect the time of those helping you 

Ghosting your recruiter, HR or hiring manager is never OK. Be respectful of their time in supporting you in your job search. If you choose not to accept the job, inform the hiring manager immediately. This will give him or her a chance to offer the position to someone else.


Don’t use work contact details

Never provide your current work email or telephone number as a means of contact. Unless you are facing redundancy and have been granted permission to do so. It could be viewed by prospective employers as abusing work resources. Be mindful that business email can be monitored.


Create a professional voicemail

Keep your message clear and simple – so if you happen to miss a call regarding your CV or an interview request the caller hears you at your best. We recently heard a voice mail that said ‘you know what to do’.


Send a thank you note

Such a simple gesture. It’s polite and demonstrates your level of interest. It is recommended after each stage of the process.


Allow me to let you in to a little secret. Recruiters, HR and hiring managers keep track of a no show to an interview, someone who has ghosted them throughout the process or failed to show on their first day of work. With the majority of businesses using an Applicant Tracking System it is essential that you find the time to explain why you are no longer interested. Making someone aware, picking up the telephone and talking through your change of heart is likely to ensure you are not overlooked in the future.


It’s about putting your best foot forward, no matter how impressive your CV is, how relevant your experiences is – you still need to maintain a level of professionalism when managing your job search. Be professional at all times.


If you are ready to put these job search etiquette tips into practice, do take a look at the latest vacancies on the H2 jobs page. Say hello, we love to talk.