Becoming Suitable

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Becoming Suitable

  1. 1. Becoming Suitable Holy Cross College and Young Professionals Network March 25, 2009
  2. 2. Language Body Men’s Attire Women’s Attire 30 Second Commercial
  3. 3. When the eyes say one thing, and the tongue another, a practiced man relies on the language of the first. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  4. 4. Body Language  Posture – Stomach in – Chest out – Shoulders back – Head up  Handshakes  Eye Contact
  5. 5. Examples of Body Language Nonverbal Behavior Interpretation  Brisk, erect walk Confidence   Arms crossed on Defensiveness  chest Evaluation, thinking   Hand to cheek Sincerity, openness   Open palm Lack of self-   Patting/fondling hair confidence  Tilted head Interest or flirtatious   Biting nails Insecurity, nervousne  ss
  6. 6. “Dress gives one the outward sign from which people can judge the inward state of mind. One they can see, the other they cannot.” -Queen of England
  7. 7. Dress for Success Dress for the job you want, not the job  you have  When in doubt, err on the side of formality  Mirror the client’s dress code  Invest in quality, not quantity  Buy quality accessories
  8. 8. Proper Business Attire for Women Wear conservative colors  – Matching blazer and skirt or pants – Long-sleeve button-down shirt – Hosiery – Low-heeled shoes – Minimal Make-up – Simple Jewelry – Briefcase rather than a purse
  9. 9. Proper Business Attire for Men Wear conservative colors  – Conservative suit or sports coat – Pressed dress slacks – Long-sleeved button-down shirt – Conservative tie – Matching socks – Polished dress shoes – Belt that matches shoes – Hair should be well-groomed
  10. 10. Create your own style…let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.
  11. 11. You never get a second chance to make a first impression
  12. 12. “Tell me about yourself” At an interview   In a cover letter  Networking Events  Cold Calling  Career Fair
  13. 13. 30 second commercial Introduce yourself   Discuss your experience  State a strength or skill  Follow that will an accomplishment (or two)  Describe your employment goal  Tell how you can immediately benefit the company/organization/person
  14. 14. Preparing your Commercial Practice, Practice, Practice   Conversational and Natural  Memorable but not outrageous  Vary your closing
  15. 15. Starting you 30 second Commercial My name is  ________________________________ I am a student at Holy Cross College majoring  in________________________ My experience (describe)  I am (Strength), which I demonstrated when I  (Accomplishment) I’m looking for a position where I (goals).  I can be of immediate benefit to your company  because (How?) Or May I send you a resume?
  16. 16. Becoming Suitable Holy Cross College and Young Professionals Network March 25, 2009

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