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Words To The Wise Help Job Hunters Get Positive Reviews

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        DEAR ABBY - June 27, 2008 


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ABBY: I am a small-business owner who does the hiring for 
my company. I hope you will share some suggestions for 
young people who are now applying for postgraduate jobs.

(1) Every contact with a prospective employer is a mini-
interview. Present yourself appropriately. I have received
many inappropriate e-mails. Example: "Hey, when would this 
gig start?" Please remember to use a salutation and 
communicate politely and clearly.

(2) Many companies post a great deal of information about 
job openings on their Web sites. Read the site carefully 
before calling so I won't waste time answering questions 
you could have answered on your own.

(3) Shortcuts may be cute when text-messaging your friends, 
but in business they are annoying and unprofessional. Avoid
 messages such as "Thnx 4 ur help. Talk 2 u later!"

(4) Because I must read your resume and application, please 
proofread it for spelling, grammar and typos.

(5) Many Internet sites now offer free e-mail. Set up an 
account using your name or initial so I don't have to e-mail 
"hotchick99" with an offer to teach young children.

(6) If you have a phone interview, please find a quiet place 
from which to place the call. It is difficult to understand 
you above your roommate who is cursing over a video game.

(7) Never, ever tell a prospective employer you are waiting 
to hear about a job you want more, that pays more or gives
you more "fun" time. Simply say you are "exploring all your 
options," and I will understand.

By the way, Abby, I am not an old fuddy-duddy. I am a 26-
year-old professional who expects more from my peers than 
I have seen. 

EXASPERATED RECRUITER: Your suggestions are excellent. I 
am sure they will be appreciated not only by first-time 
job applicants, but also their prospective employers.

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ABBY: I am a 14-year-old girl. I don't get angry often, 
but when I do my parents disregard it by calling me a 
"hormonal teenager." They say things like, "She's such 
a CHARMING 14-year-old" and "There are hormones raging." 
I find their comments hurtful and degrading.

Please don't misunderstand. My parents are usually nice, 
but when something bothers me they automatically resort 
to the above comments. I personally believe I am pretty 
good at handling and expressing my emotions calmly. It 
just seems that my parents don't consider the credibility 
of my emotions and blame them on my being a teen. Is it 
wrong for them to say these things? What should I do when 
they say them? 

DISREGARDED: No one of any age wants to feel patronized, 
and that goes for people from 13 to 93. (And, interestingly, 
it happens to people from both ends of the spectrum.) If 
your parents want to exchange comments like the ones you 
mentioned, it would be better if they did so in private. 
However, if they are saying things like, "She's such a 
charming 14-year-old," it may be a clue to the fact that 
you're acting like anything BUT -- and perhaps you should
find a more mature and controlled way of expressing your 

ABBY is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as 
Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline 
Phillips. Write ABBY at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box  
69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. 

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