By Jul DeGeus
The job search process can be excruciatingly overwhelming. It’s easy to find yourself stressing out over things like creating a flawless resume and preparing the perfect answers to interview questions.
But for most job hunters, one career prep subject seems to fly under the radar: business etiquette. There’s actually a week, June 5-11th, just to try to draw attention to those who are unaware.
Knowing and practicing proper business etiquette could be a determining factor in the hiring process. It might be hard for a company to choose between two candidates that have similar qualifications. Unless, of course, one of the contenders has displayed the mastery of the art of business etiquette. So, grasshopper, here are some skill sets to set you apart from the rest:
Make the Introduction
Sheryl Stevens giving tips and tricks to Centura Chesapeake students.
Career Services Coordinator at our Centura Chesapeake campus, Sheryl Stevens, knows the importance of first impressions in the business world. Stevens, who holds regular workshops to prepare Centura College students for their future career, firmly believes in the 7/11 theory:
Within the first seven seconds that someone meets you, they make 11 decisions about you. How was your hand shake? Are you maintaining eye contact? This tells employers about your confidence. Are you smiling? Are you dressed well? This lets people know if you are approachable and presentable. Every person’s 11 decisions are different, but you want to make sure that you are presenting your best to ensure that employers’ decisions about you are positive.
To have a successful introduction and obtain a positive first impression in seven seconds, come up with and rehearse a simple introduction. After a salutation, include your first and last name, smile while making eye contact and shake hands. A professional handshake should be firm, leaving no space between the webs of the shaker’s thumbs. When leaving, don’t be afraid to mention your full name one more time to remind the employer of who you are.
A slice of advice: When you are established in the workplace and there is a new person in the office or are with a friend and someone approaches you, always make an introduction. It is better to introduce people who have already met before than to hold a conversation with one person and ignore the other.
Mind Your TechNOlogy
The technological advances we have made over the past 20 years are astounding. The ease of accessing important information simply by using a smart phone has quicken the pace of the world. But when it comes to using technology in a business setting, it is important to remember that there are some restrictions.
When entering a meeting or interview, turn off or leave unnecessary electronics elsewhere. Be careful about using tablets, smart watches and laptops in appointments, as they can give off the perception that you are not paying attention. Once employed, read up on the rules and regulations regarding personal devices to makes sure you adhering to company policies.
Keep Communication Flowing
Maybe you’ve got really exciting news. Or maybe the person you are talking to has sparked a brilliant, life-changing idea. Perhaps the information that you are hearing is incorrect. Regardless of what the reason is, resist the urge to butt in when someone is speaking. Simply wait for them to finish, then add your input to the conversation. If, for urgent reasons, you have to interrupt, politely interject with “excuse me.”
Likewise, if there is a meeting or Q & A session at work, make sure that you are not talking so much that others cannot get a word in. Also try to talk about or ask things that everyone in the meeting will benefit from. Specific questions that deal directly with you or only a small section of the group meeting should be asked individually or if there is extra time.
PROOF READ, PROOF READ, PROOF READ
There’s nothing worse than putting “atention to detail” on a resume, sending it out and never hearing back from employers. What went wrong? You are so qualified! Well, having a tiny mistake, such as misspelling “attention”, could cost you a callback. Avoid these errors by having multiple people look over your resumes, cover letters, emails, etc. before sending them out. It’s always nice to have a fresh sets of eyes!
Watch Your Language
Some people are able to adjust their vocabulary based upon their environment. This is an extremely important skill to have, especially when entering a new work place. To be safe, avoid any topics or language that could be dubbed as controversial.
And just like your parents taught you, don’t forget your “please” and “thank you’s.” A little gratitude goes a long way in the work place. These simple statements of appreciation can build respect and admiration from your peers and leaders.
So there you have it, Grasshopper; the stealthy skills to make you a business etiquette master.
Want a lesson in business etiquette? Centura Chesapeake will be hosting two workshops, Wednesday, June 7th, at 11:00 AM and 6:15 PM. Centura Chesapeake is located at 932 Ventures Way, Chesapeake, VA, 23320. For more information, call 757.549.2121.
Centura Chesapeake will be holding a career fair for its students, graduates, as well as individuals in the community who are seeking employment.
Millie and Megan welcome students at Centura Chesapeake’s Career Fair.
By Brian Stauss
Centura College will be holding a career fair on Thursday, May 17 at its campus located at 932 Ventures Way, Chesapeake, VA. The fair begins at 10 a.m. and will run until 12 noon.
The event will feature a wide range of companies from the healthcare industry, as well as companies not related to healthcare. Employers attending will lend guidance regarding the application process for their companies, and may even hold on-site interviews for qualified applicants. Guests are expected to attend the career fair professionally dressed, with copies of their resumes and prepared to network. A list of participating employers can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/286134321829702/.
“Centura College strives to connect communities and careers, so we are encouraging both our students, and the public to attend,” says Ashley West, Campus Executive Director at Centura College’s Chesapeake campus. “We will have many employers on-site, hiring for a variety of entry level and managerial positions.”
Career fair attendees are also invited to take a tour of the campus’s training facilities and to meet with admissions staff about the benefits of career-focused training and the various program options available at Centura College. The campus will also be offering complementary vital checks, glucose testing and wellness evaluations.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information regarding Centura College’s career fair, contact the Chesapeake campus at (757) 549-2121.
About Centura College
Centura College has been part of an organization dedicated to helping men and women develop careers since 1969. By training working adults in healthcare, technology, business, legal studies and trades, they connect communities with some of the fastest growing career fields in today’s marketplace. The school offers professional facilities, knowledgeable instructors, day or evening classes, job placement assistance and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). To learn more, visit www.CenturaCollege.edu or like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/centura.edu.
Centura College is giving locals and students another reason to give thanks this November—new career opportunities! The career fair kicks off Thursday, November 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendance is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to arrive in business attire with résumés in hand.
“With the holidays quickly approaching, we want to get folks working! More than 20 employers will be looking for staff through the busy holiday season, as well as after. This is what we’re all about at Centura College—connecting communities and careers,” said school director, Dale Weiberg.
Featured employers include Verizon, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, Home Depot, Kelly Services, Right at Home, Rescare, South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, Cumulus Radio Corp., Lexington Work Force and more.
Other activities will include campus tours and meet and greets with admissions representatives and financial aid officers. They will also be accepting donations for the local community still affected by recent flooding, such as toiletries, dry goods and anything else that can assist them in their recovery.
Centura College’s Columbia campus is located at 7500 Two Notch Road. For more information about the career fair, call the campus at 803-754-7544.
Well Advantage Partners with Centura College and hires over 20 Centura College Graduates in the Medical Assisting, Medical Billing & Coding and Practical Nursing Fields!
From Left to Right: Robin L Howell, Well Advantage Richmond Office, Dawn McCormack, Well Advantage VA Tech Office, Steven Terry, Centura College Career Services Coordinator, Valisha Cranford, Well Advantage Area Director, and Sandra Hampton, Well Advantage Richmond Office
On Wednesday, June 19th 2013, The North Chesterfield (Midlothian) campus of Centura College partnered with Well Advantage for an onsite Career Fair for the graduates of Centura College. Well Advantage is a medical services organization based in Sykesville, Maryland that specializes in providing access to activities, services, and education in the area of health, wellness, stress reduction and fitness within their client’s place of work. …Read More Here
Another Centura College Career Fair Success in Chesapeake Virginia!
Centura College connects students with employers!
It’s summer time again, and as a Career Services Coordinator for Centura College that means it is time to report on another career fair success in Chesapeake Virginia. At Centura College, we take great pride and pleasure in assisting current students and graduates in finding entry-level employment.
On Wednesday July 17, 2013 Centura College hosted 21 different employers at the Chesapeake, Virginia campus for our summer Career Fair. The career fair was a great success for both students and employers. One employer came back to the campus to conduct on the spot job interviews for 16 Medical Assistant graduates and current students. All students that interviewed were offered employment with Health Solutions. Similarly, another success story was with Well Advantage, who attended a Centura College Career Fair previously and offered 30 students and graduates employment! …Read More Here