Eight ways to use etiquette to your advantage from CAMPUSPEAK

Intimidated by etiquette? Don’t miss out on the best ways to make a great first impression during crucial career and social situations!

Looking for a job? A Date? New Friends? Here’s how to put your best foot forward.

Lets face it, LIFE is one long series of interviews. Filled with challenges and disappointments, you may not always land the opportunities you seek. With any luck, each step will bring a new direction, promotion, or change. If this sounds easier than it actually is, remember you’re not alone. Plenty of budding entrepreneurs and famous CEOs have competed for and lost jobs. We all struggle with the age old question of how can I set myself apart?

The competition is cutthroat, and if you’re lucky enough to get an interview, you don’t want to blow it. According to USA Today, you have exactly three seconds to impress, win over, and connect with a prospective interviewer. It is essential that you make a good first impression. You might be asking yourself, “What can I communicate in three seconds?” and the answer is PLENTY. Your expression, handshake, and appearance convey confidence, your ability to fit in, and ultimately your ability to be successful.

Whether you seek a job, a date, or just a new challenge in your life, understanding and employing the following behaviors will help ensure a positive outcome: