Monday, October 1, 2012

Don't Forget Your Manners

Many people in civilization today are forgetting their manners. Lots of newspaper articles in many newspapers across the western world are pointing this out. Before, when people used to say "Please," and "Thank you," they simply elbow their way in and don't give you a second look. Or worse, they will give you a hard stare if you are in their way.

Some people say that this is the result of a bad economy. To be sure, when people are struggling to put food on the table, they are less likely to have the energy to be kind to strangers. It also doesn't help when politicians go on TV and say things about each other that aren't very kind. Is it any wonder that kids today learn to say such spiteful things to each other?

One of the ways this is manifesting itself is in job interviews. Today, when young people show up for a job interview, they act as though it is their right to get hired. They look at the hiring manager as if they deserve a job simply because they exist. People have forgotten that businesses exist not to hand out salaries to people who want them, but because they need to make money. And the only reason they'll hire anybody is if it increases their bottom line.

So if you're going in for a job interview, be sure and be polite. Don't sit there and expect the person to automatically hire. Give them a reason. Tell them what you'd bring to the company. Tell them how much you'll help them make money. Let them know that it's in their best interests to hire you, and that you'll work harder than anybody else out there.

Naturally, this goes beyond the interview itself. You must take the time to say "thank you" after the interview is concluded. Few people even think about this any more, let alone do it. Sure, some people may send a quick email, but this is nowhere close to a handwritten letter.

Once there was a time when the first thing anybody did after a job interview was write down a well thought out, handwritten note telling the interviewer how grateful they are for the opportunity.

Think about what would happen if you did this today. You'll put yourself far ahead of the competition and give yourself a much better chance of getting a job. Bring politeness back into the workplace. It will destroy those very economic conditions that we are so worried about.

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