Share These Wise Words on Career Skills

Editor's Note: In our back-page advice column called Life Skills Made Easy, we tackle a different question each month, sourced straight from our Teen Advisory Board members--or your students! (They can go here to submit their questions.) The goal is to provide teens with the simple, doable strategies that will help them succeed in school and in life.

 

Communicating, especially when requesting jobs and internships, can usher in loads of pressure and anxiety for teens, no matter how confident and ambitious they may be. And today, teens are so accustomed to sending text messages and using Snapchat, it's hard to know where to begin when it's time to format a professional e-mail. Kas Dina, a Choices Teen Adviser and high school student from Plymouth, Pennsylvania, wanted to make sure her e-mails hit all the right points without making her sound immature. Her question hit the nail on the head! Here's what she asked us:

 

 

To answer Kas's important question, we talked to career expert Dan Schawbel. Schawbel is the author of Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success, and his resume backs up his expertise: He's worked for large companies like Google and Target, helping them make sure they hire the best of the best for their teams! Schawbel's advice will help students understand that taking some extra time to carefully craft a professional message will be worth it in the future. Our favorite tip: closing out the e-mail with a question-- a perfect way for teens to show genuine interest and have a better chance at getting a reply!

 

Be sure to download and print this poster of Schawbel's wise words to remind your students to put some extra care into their professional emails!

 

 

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