Emoticon etiquette: Knowing where not to use themSaturday, 9 Aug. '083 comments3.83
A recent article on the Wall Street Journal explores the effects of using emoticons, text messaging shorthands and symbols in the professional and business world.
Using texting shorthand language, smiley face emoticons and decorative symbols is quite common among young people these days. Placing acronyms such as "r" for "are", "u" for "you", "c" for "see" and etc. makes typing easier and faster and the use of emoticons and decorative symbols make it more fun.
This casual way of communicating is natural to today's generation Y, and today most people in their 20's and younger are accustomed to this trend which has been brought about by new technology. However, you have to understand that this trend is perceived as
disrespectful to the older generation and it clearly reflects on the cultural divide between the two age groups.
So here is a friendly Warning: If you applying for a job vacancy, make sure you don't use your casual online and cell phone texting lingo. This is considered to be unprofessional and immature and may very well ruin all your chances of landing your dream job. In other words, stay clear from your text-lingo habits while communicating by email or letter with your prospective boss and future employer; it might be an instant candidacy killer. We also strongly advise against using a graphical smiley or multiple exclamation marks!!!
According to Blane Ruschak, national director of university relations and recruiting at KPMG LLP, 1 out of 10 emails sent to their hiring managers contain emoticons, heart symbols, abbreviated text and other icons.
We don't feel emoticons have a place in any formal communications, explains Mr. Ruschak.
It's not professional..
And if you do land the job, you will still need to resist the temptation of adding an emoticon to communications in the workplace. You can also read the original WSJ article for a more detailed look at the issues discussed here.
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