From the title of this blog, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was a post about swearing at work– and while swearing is not suitable in the business world, we would like to think that goes without saying.
Instead, we are talking about certain phrases and colloquialisms you may say when with friends, but are not entirely appropriate to include in your CV or say on the phone to a new employer.
For example, while calling someone ‘darling’ or ‘sweetheart’ may seem like a friendly and approachable way to talk to someone, it can come across as condescending when used in a business conversation. Some terms like this are deliberately used to talk down to or belittle someone and while this may not be your intention, it may come across this way.
If you want to call your friend mate or buddy that is absolutely fine. However, your recruitment consultant or interviewer is not your friend and they may misconstrue these comments as unprofessional or overly familiar. Try to stay professional when talking to and greeting not only your potential future employer, but also the person helping you find your next job.
While we have talked about about the spoken language we use, it is also a good idea to keep your body language in check; a kiss or hug when greeting a friend is appropriate, but a firm handshake is a much more appropriate form of greeting when meeting your recruitment consultant or interviewer.
Both our verbal and body language reflects who we are to the employer, so it is important that you present yourself in the best possible way. Make sure you match your language to the situation and you are self-aware.
Mind your language and remember where you are as well as who you are talking to.
Headquartered in Cambridge with regional presence in Kettering and Milton Keynes, Aspire Cambridge provide cost effective Recruitment and HR solutions to an impressive portfolio of customers spanning the UK and Europe. Working with a diverse collection of industries from start-ups to blue chip companies covering a vast range of sectors. Aspire Cambridge has an unrivalled knowledge of the jobs marketplace so it’s no wonder that they hold an impressive track record of exceeding client and candidate expectations.
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