Are you trying to scream ,“ I can’t type, even with two fingers”? If so, keep your cap locks on when you are sending e-mails and completing information online, whether for a job application or anything else. To the reader you may be perceived as (1) a loud talker, (2) I do not know how to turn off the caps lock, or (3) I don’t have basic communication skills or understanding of the power of the written word.
Maybe you are just trying to stand out, get noticed, or get a point across when you use all caps. Is that acceptable? The answer is occasionally or maybe for a word or two or for a title, but generally all caps can send the wrong message.
Let’s Get the Visual:
From: Suzanne Breistol [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2015 1:00 P.M.
Subject: Meeting Follow-up
Today’s meeting was informative and insightful. I am looking forward to our next meeting on Tuesday, May 10, 2012 at 1 p.m. to learn more about your company’s employment needs.
From: Suzanne Breistol [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2015 1:00 P.M.
Subject: MEETING FOLLOW-UP
TODAY’S MEETING WAS INFORMATIVE AND INSIGHTFUL. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR NEXT MEETING ON TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2012 AT 1 P.M. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR COMPANY’S EMPLOYMENT NEEDS.
- 10 FAIRWAY DRIVE
- DEERFIELD BEACH, FLORIDA 33441 UNITED STATES
- PHONE: 305-361-0094
25 YEARS CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE: FIELD, ADMINISTRATION, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, PARTNERING AND CURRENTLY CO-FOUNDER OF CONSTRUCTION CONNECTION, THE WORLD’S MOST RELEVANT INDUSTRY SITE FOR MATCHING TALENT AND OPPORTUNITIES IN THE INDUSTRY.
- 10 Fairway Drive
- Deerfield Beach, Florida 33441 United States
- Phone: 305-361-0094
25 years construction industry experience: field, administration, business development, partnering and currently co-founder of Construction Connection, the world’s most relevant industry site for matching talent and opportunities in the industry.
Sample Job Postings
SEEKING CONSTRUCTION SUPERINTENDENT IN TRI-COUNTY AREA OF SOUTHEAST FLORIDA FOR COMMERCIAL PROJECTS.
Seeking Construction Superintendent in tri-county area of Southeast Florida for commercial projects.
There may be reasons for you to use all caps when typing, but listen to the debate.
Technology is ever increasing in our industry. Data entry for record tracking and e-mail correspondence, etc., are used in most jobs on a daily basis. Progressive companies are seeking progressive individuals to join their teams. Individuals who have the best communication skills, both written and verbal, are in demand despite the economy. They make the company look professional to the outside world. If individuals take the time to train on the basics, they will most likely take the time to train on whatever additional skills the company is requiring of them (such as specific software programs and technology products) and learn them faster than those who don’t.
Although perception is not always reality, in the case of someone using all caps versus someone that types using appropriate capitalization and grammar, perception will be that the individual is not computer literate, that he or she can’t type, or that he or she is lazy and doesn’t really care about his or her work product.
Are you unemployed or underemployed? Do you want to have a leg up in getting a good job and keeping your next job? Then work on your typing skills. There are many free tutorials right on line like http://www.typingweb.com/tutor/ and http://www.alfatyping.com/. You also need to know the basics of standard office programs, such as Word, to compose documents, or spreadsheet programs, such as Excel, and you don’t have to use expensive Microsoft programs. Download and use the free products from www.Openoffice.org . These programs meet or exceed the Microsoft programs and are becoming the industry standard worldwide. Another option is to use the Google Apps products that are free to Google users. If you don’t have a Google e-mail address, get one. It’s free and it opens up a totally new world of tools and services.
And on that subject – If you are still using AOL – stop today. It is like using a hand saw to build cabinets. AOL is old technology, inefficient, doesn’t support a lot of internet activities, and worst of all, brands the user as out of touch in today’s e-world.
Invest some time in yourself – get proficient on the keyboard. You will be amazed at what a difference it makes in life, how efficient your communication skills can become and the positive impact it can have on those who read your messages.
Remember – you cannot control the economy but you can control who you are in any economy. Training and education starts with you and a desire to be the best you can be.