Netiquette is a set of social conventions that facilitate interaction over networks, ranging from Usenet and mailing lists to blogs and forums.
Netiquette is crucial to communicating with employers.
Be professional when writing to a potential employer -- even if the person is your age.
Spelling any name incorrectly or calling a Ms. a Mr. can be the kiss of death.
Skip the pithy close or potentially controversial quote in your email signature. The same rules apply to the zany email address- don’t do it!
It’s equally important to be mannerly on the phone . Mind your voice mail greeting. Record a message that gives your name, number and instructions on leaving a message, or other modes of contact.
When you’re the one calling, be brief and professional. Follow these points:
Write down key points
Practice to get a smooth flow.
Time it. 10 to 15 seconds is too long.
Follow the instructions on their recording.
Social Media Netiquette
Your digital persona can say a lot about how you conduct yourself in real life. If you come off as negative based on a perusal of your Facebook page or tweets, you may inadvertently turn off an employer.
A rule of thumb: If you were asked to open any of these sites during an interview, would you still get the job after the HR director looked at them? If the answer is no, clean up your act .
More Social Media Netiquette
Using the maximum privacy setting is good, but not foolproof. So scrape offensive language and images from your pages and tweets to avoid turning off employers.
Comment on people's posts, retweet people's tweets, make introductions, send relevant articles to your contacts, etc.
Respect people’s time by keeping your posts and tweets high value and low volume.
“ Don’t be an idiot. If you wouldn’t want your mom to read something you posted, don’t do it.” Dave Clarke, communications strategist with a New York City-based digital strategy and production company