I find myself constantly using text smiley faces when typing messages to other people. It doesn't matter if I am writing something casual like a facebook message, or something serious like replying to a job offer
I usually use them to convey emotion, such as friendliness
:p, or excitement
:D. To me, they add a little more warmth and "human-ness" to text-based conversations, and they're part of who I am.
Typically I re-read anything serious I write before sending it, and will usually remove any compulsively-added smiley faces (the other faces are almost always kept for casual text conversations only), however today as I was removing a smiley-face from a response I was writing to a job offer, I found myself wondering if things like text smiley faces actually hurt me at all.
Does including text smiley faces in correspondence with potential employers hurt me at all?
I am mostly concerned with correspondence after the initial contact. I try and keep the initial contact correspondence very professional, however during replies I tend to let my personality show through a bit more.