Communication is a core ingredient in networking. By now, it’s not news that social media is the new CV, if you don’t believe that, go back to the 90s😅. It then means that you should pay keen attention to the way you approach your potential clients and/or employers.
They’re no rules to how conversations should be started online; nevertheless, your message been ignored by the recipient because of lack of simple inbox etiquette is extremely easy! An average person receives an 50 messages per day, what will compel him or her to reply you?
Few years back, I missed an opportunity because I didn’t engage simple inbox etiquette. In this blog, I will share with you some of the lessons I learnt from Yemisi Ajeojo’s book, Social Media Your New CV.
What You Should Do!
1. CREATE A CONVERSATION OUTSIDE THEIR INBOX.
The first place you should start a conversation should be via their timeline! Engage with brilliant comments, this will make the recipient more familiar with your name and as well increase the chances of getting a prompt response.
2. DON’T SKIP GREETINGS!
You remember the opportunity I lost? It was because I skipped the greeting part and I went straight to pitch my idea.
Make sure a “Hello Johnstone”, “Good morning, sir”… precedes the body of your message. It’s very important!
Also, while typing your greetings make sure to avoid terms of endearment if you don’t have a close relationship with the recipient. Terms like; baby, sweetie, my love, my dear.
3. GO STRAIGHT TO THE POINT.
Do not send “Hello Johnstone” and wait for a response before you’ll state your point. Go straight to it!
You can start the body of your message with kind words commending the recipient, but make sure you make your text short and simple and with a clear request.
4. USE PROPER LANGUAGE AND SPELL WORDS IN FULL.
I just received two messages, Mr XYZ sent me “Hi, hw r u doin?” and Mr ABC sent “Hello Johnstone, How are you doing?”; who am I likely going to respond to?
Mr ABC will surely get my response. The energy you need in typing those words in full won’t drain you completely. Be deliberate!
5. DON’T INFLATE YOUR VALUE
Emphasize your value but don’t inflate it. – Yemisi Ajeojo
When you are applying for an opportunity, it is good that you emphasize your value but make sure not to inflate your competence! Don’t fake it!
6. DON’T ACT ENTITLED
No one owes you anything! If they don’t respond to you look for an alternative while you wait. Don’t spam them!
1. Social Media is Your New CV – Yemisi Ajeojo (Purchase it here)
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