HR Strange But True!
January 20, 2011

With the advancement of social networking technologies like Facebook, Twitter, and text messaging, employers face a growing problem in hiring young adults: finding the ones who still value professionalism.

Some experts agree that as the attachment to “cyber slang” rises in young adults, they become more detached from the values of appropriate language, grammar, and etiquette, and it’s getting down-right sloppy.

In reference to her internship candidates at the US-based BioBusiness Alliance, Melissa Kjolsing says “they don’t review their documents.” Thus, the mistakes commonly surpass minor grammar and spelling errors. Kjolsing adds that many new jobseekers have trouble answering questions about previous challenges or future goals. But what effect will this neglect for a professional vernacular have on the job market?

For employers like Kjolsing, the “internet generation” seems all-too-apathetic. But Ryan Paugh, 27-year-old company co-founder of Brazen Careerist, begs to differ. “We follow different rules,” says Paugh—that if you email a young person, they don't want something formal, "It can be sweet and simple."

Young professionals are an important reference in today’s world, for the job market is changing dramatically. And for better or worse, it seems that language is also heading in this new direction.


The Sydney Morning Herald

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