Day 14: Etiquette
  The manner in which you present yourself speaks volumes about you as a person and future employee. Etiquette encompasses many practices necessary for any jobseeker looking to land a gig. Giving a proper handshake, how to dress for any occasion, and conduct yourself in a professional setting.   Here are a few etiquette tips you can test out at your next networking event.   Always allow the person of higher rank or the event host to initiate a handshake. Do not cross your legs. It may be a force of habit, but some can find it rather distracting. If you’re having a lunch meeting, do not take leftovers home. You are there for business Make sure to always confirm a dress code for any event or interview.     There are so many small tips that it’s hard to possibly cover each point. We found a great overview from LiveCareer.   We will be covering other etiquette topics in the coming days. You’ll soon learn how to dress to impress, write the perfect thank you letter...
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Day 13: Elevator Speech
    Giving a good elevator speech provides someone with two things, it tells them that you can think on your feet, and understand the needs of the job and company you're interviewing for. Read through the following tips and you'll see what we mean.   Be prepared. Hesitating or stammering through your speech will give the impression that you lack awareness both of yourself. Memorize an opening statement that you can deliver quickly and confidently.   Keep it short. We believe your first response should be no longer than a TV commercial: 30 seconds. If the interviewer wants you to go into more detail about a particular point, he/she will ask.   Make it all about them. Remember, you're there to sell yourself as the answer to their problem: which candidate will be the biggest asset to their company. Information about your childhood, family and leisure activities is not relevant to that mission.   Explain HOW you are the answer to their problem. Highlight your...
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Day 12: Business Cards
  Business cards are a must have for anyone starting out in a job hunt. If you are new to a certain area, fresh out of school, or just attending a lot of networking functions, you should have business cards. They are a piece of your soul that you’re giving to someone else. Make sure the design and information represents you in the most authentic form.   They are pretty inexpensive if you know where to look. A great distributor of business cards in VistaPrint.com where you can get 500 basic business cards for $10. That should be plenty to last you for many networking events. Ensure that you always have some on you at all times. Keep a few in your wallet. You never know who you will meet at any point.   Make sure to include a few things on your business card. Include a working email address, preferably one for professional purposes, and phone number. You must provide a way for people to contact you in a quick way. Also, include a link to an website, online portfolio, or...
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Day 11: The Handshake
  The beginning of any good business relationship starts with a handshake. It’s not just any old handshake; it must be firm- just not too firm.   Tip 1: Don’t have such a firm handshake that you hurt the other person. This may sound silly, but some people overcompensate thinking that the firmer the handshake the more professional he or she is. That fact is no one was impressed when your handshake crunched their fingers.   Tip 2: Conversely, a handshake can not be too limp either. Often referred to as a “deadfish”, this type of handshake leaves a lackluster first impression. Don’t daintily extend your hand and barely shake the other person’s hand. It can come across as shy. Be confident!   Tip 3: Make sure to have a free hand, preferably your right hand if that’s your dominant hand. Too often people are carrying around resumes and portfolios that they are not prepared to shake someone’s hand.   The key to a perfect handshake is all in the practice. Make it a point in...
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Day 10: Networking
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70% of all jobs are found through networking. In fact, some of those jobs never even hit or website or public job board; they are just created through networking. Being consumed with perfecting a resume and finding references, you might forget that networking could be the quickest way to a job.   People hire candidates they trust. This is not to say that if you apply to a company without a preexisting relationship that you are untrustworthy. Rather, there is a sense of trust and knowledge of who you are hiring with an individual you know through networking.    As mentioned in the social media section (Insert link), joining online communities are a great way to network. They could be location or industry specific or even alumni networks for your university. Another great tool for finding any local networking opportunities is with the MeetUp application. With this free app, you can find local events about numerous subjects...
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