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Magazine published Diane Gottman's tips:Diane Gottsman, your nationally recognized etiquette training expert, was recently picked up by Forbes Magazine for her article titled "Dining for Success: 15 Tips to Avoid Business Meal Mishaps" . The article, which is also published on the Pretty Young Professionals website, shares advice on how to conduct yourself professionally during a business meal.
For more etiquette information from Diane Gottsman herself, please take a look at:
So it's the night before your BIG interview and your nerves are running high. You've gone over everything 10 times to make sure it's right. You've researched the company - check! You've practiced the possible questions - check! Your portfolio is ready - check! Now it's time to plan what you are going to wear. How important is your dress you ask? It's huge! First impressions are powerful. Your dress is one of the first things the interviewer will see and judge you by. What you wear says a lot about you and your preparation for the interview. Although having the best outfit may not necessarily get you the job, wearing the wrong outfit can certainly hurt your chances.
Pick your best dark or gray suit. Ensure you wear matching slacks. Women, if you choose to wear a skirt, please make sure it is knee-length. Suits are professional and convey the impression that you know what you are doing. Wear a solid button-down shirt - preferably white or ivory. Ensure that your clothes are clean and pressed.
Men should wear a tie. The design should not be too busy - a simple solid, stripe, or small pattern will do.
Women should keep their make-up conservative. Bright colored lipstick and smokey eyes are a definite "no, no"! Long, fancy, decorative nails may be cool when hanging with friends, but they are not appropriate for an interview.
Wear clean shoes and polish them the night before if you can. Shoes should not show excessive wear and tear. If you need to get a new pair it is advisable to do so. Women should wear moderate to low heels in dark colors.
Good grooming is very important and this includes taking a shower, brushing your teeth, and combing your hair. Your nails must be clean and trimmed and all hair, facial or otherwise, should be neatly kept.
Jewelry should be kept at a minimum. A watch or wedding ring is acceptable. Refrain from wearing bangles or large distracting earrings. Men should avoid wearing earrings all together as some employers may not view them favorably.
No matter how wonderful it may smell, please do not wear too much cologne or perfume. It may be distracting and your interviewer might be allergic.
- Content modified from Job Choices 2011
As a student, communicating is as easy as sending a text to a friend to let them know you will "ttyl " or you'll "brb". You may spend hours online using net lingo on facebook or on your smart phone sending SMS. As "gr8" as this new wave of communicating may be, your new employer more than likely will not approve of this kind of lingo. So, before your new boss tells you you've "g2g" here are a few MISTAKES TO AVOID when using email in the workplace:
- Content modified from Job Choices 2011
There is no doubt that technology has become an expected way of life, and texting has become the primary form of communication for many people, young and old. Progress is usually followed with etiquette adjustments.
"Textiquette," which according to UrbanDictionary.com is the observance of a commonly held code of courteous text messaging etiquette, is becoming more and more common in today's techno-oriented world. Regardless of your age, your business status or your social standing, there is a time and place for technology.