Let’s admit it, they’re everywhere. You might even be one of them but you’re not aware of it. But apart from the annoying way they write and express their feelings, what are the other nuisances of being a Jejemon and when do you have to set a limitation for using Jejemon speak?
Jejemons are mostly those people in their teen years, but there might be a small number of them who are already college graduates. If you’re a self-proclaimed Jejemon who’s already out of college and are looking for your first job, you might want to reconsider your way of texting or writing, especially when it comes to job hunting.
While you might come across a company which has a seemingly friendly environment, it doesn’t necessarily follow that you can speak however you want to in your cover letter and when replying to text messages. There are still guidelines that you have to follow. If you’re wondering why you haven’t been contacted for an interview schedule, you might be neglecting these following guidelines when job hunting:
1.Write a cover letter when you send in your resume through email
FACT: It’s not okay to leave the body of the email blank and just attach your resume when you’re applying online.
FACT: It’s worse to just say a simple â€œHiâ€ or even â€œPlease hire meâ€ on the body of the email.
FICTION: You don’t have to bother writing a cover letter when you know that your resume is already good.
2.Use proper English or Tagalog in your cover letter and when responding to the employers
FACT: If you get lucky enough to be contacted by an employer despite the previous blunder, you have to exert extra effort in maintaining the communication that you have. If you respond with jeje speak, you’re just throwing the opportunity away.
FACT: Business English isn’t mandatory, but you have to at least be polite with your response email.
FICTION: You can’t respond in Tagalog when you’ve been emailed in English. You actually can, especially if you don’t know how to express yourself in English well. But you have to make sure that it’s straight Tagalog as well, and maintain the politeness.
3.Respond properly through text. If you can help it, don’t make your message shorthand and unreadable. And of course, avoid using Jeje language at all costs!
FACT: Employers are nitpicks when it comes on the impression an applicant makes through his responses.
FACT: Grammar isn’t that big of a deal to some employers, but it is when you’re applying for a media-related or communications job.
FICTION: Employers base everything on what they read on your resume. Don’t be too sure-footed if you think that your resume is impressive. Sometimes, your communication skill is a bigger factor for some employers.
In job hunting, there are a lot at stake. Think of your job application as going to a blind date. You have to be impressive and dress well, put out your best foot forward, and of course back up everything you say or do with proof. There’s probably nothing wrong with being a Jejemon if you’re talking with your peers, but when it comes to applying for a job, you should learn the etiquette and follow them if you don’t want to stay a bum forever.
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