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What are 5 out-of-date job search tactics being used?

  31.01.2012   Parker   Job Interviews   No comments

According to Liz Ryan,  of BusinessWeek,  there are 5 out-of-date job search tactics that are killing job opportunities. Click here to ensure your doing the right thing! Parker

When is it appropriate to where a suit with no tie? At age 47, I find myself not wanting to wear a tie. Some of my colleagues give me a “hard time” when I show up in a nice suit, nice dress shirt, and NO tie. At the same time, they are in a shirt and tie – no jacket. I think my suite/no tie looks as good as their Shirt/Tie/No Jacket combo. Thoughts?

I agree, I believe that a nice suit, shirt and no tie, is as nice as a shirt/tie with no jacket. In fact, a jacket makes a look more formal

What do you recommend a person do to make sure they are doing the right things when giving a presentation?

Doing the “right things” is a big question when giving a presentation:-); however, there are some things you can do to help ensure that you present with confidence. It’s all

Maintaining control over a business meal is critical if you wish to determine the outcome of the meeting.

Maintaining control over a business meal is critical if you wish to determine the outcome of the meeting. How you greet a host/hostess, how you suggest where your guest might

When you go out to dinner with co-workers and you have different status levels of employees, should the most senior person sit in a specific place or does this not matter?

Yes, you should definitely give this attention. If you are a guest, then you need to take the host’s lead. If you have a take control type personality, remember you

How do you address a formal email to a group?

Your email can give the look and feel of a “real” formal card by the words you choose to use; particularly how you open and close the letter. Your Salutation

Have you seen a decrease, increase, or generally the same amount of business etiquette knowledge in the workforce over the years?

Great question! Yes I have seen a GREAT increase in the need of business etiquette and protocol of knowledge in the workplace. There are several reasons for this. One, the

Is it appropriate to use abbreviated words when texting or internal emails? For example, tx instead of thanks? What is appropriate and when?

I don’t recommend using any abbreviations in emails, internal or external. Even if your emails become more like a conversation, instant back and forth dialogue, (almost like instant messaging). Texting

When you are in the middle of a 1-on-1 conversation at a networking event and you need to use the restroom, what is the proper way to excuse yourself?

If you need to excuse yourself from a conversation, I think it is best to say you need to wash your hands and that you will be back in a

When interviewing for an internal job opening is it necessary to send a thank you note to the people who interviewed you? If so, is an email acceptable, or is a hand written note better?

Yes, you should. It depends on the situation, which type. If they are going to make a decision in the next hour or so, then send an email. If they

Where do I put my napkin and silverware during a meal?

You are correct. Misplacing your silverware or napkin will not make or break the deal. Knowing the  rules let’s everyone know what is expecting of them. Imagine a society without

If there is food brought in for a meeting that is in a conference room for breakfast or lunch, when is it appropriate to take leftovers? Often the participants seem to be finished with the food, and it is just sitting there, so can I take it?

You should always ask the host first. If you are the host, you should let others know when it is appropriate to take what is left over. Typically it would

How do you manage to remember anyone’s name right after being introduced?

When meeting new people, immediately say, “Tom, it is nice to meet you.” The key here is really listening . For some reason, most of us do not listen to their name

When you go out to dinner with co-workers and you have different status levels of employees, should the most senior person sit in a specific place or does this not matter?

It definitely matters. You want to be sure that the correct person is sitting in the power seat. At a rectangle top, this would be the ends of the table.

How can I let someone in an email I need a quick response from recipient?

First I would definitely let them know you need a quick response. Don’t over do it. If you cry wolf you may never get responses when you REALLY need one.

When a man and woman enters into a revolving door together (again at the airport), should the male let the female go first through those revolving doors? The problem with that is that the female ends up pushing those revolving doors (at least gets the revolving doors started). But then again, if the male goes first and starts the pushing, he has gone ahead of the female which seems counterintuitive to the “ladies first” protocol.

In business it is no longer male to female, but professional to professional. This does not mean that you cannot open the door for ladies. I think that opening a

What is the proper response for requests for help from internal clients when you don’t have the time or resources to devote to the request?

Wow, that’s tough. It really depends on many variables. If you really do not have the time or the resources then you need to let them know in a professional

On a business trip at the airport, should the male grab the luggage of the female from the luggage carousel?

I believe that you should help anyone, male or female retrieve bags if they need help. I think “reading” the female would tell if you if you should or not.

When out with a client at a restaurant and trying to win an account versus nurturing an account, wouldn’t your behavior and actions differ? I would be more likely to have a different approach for each situation and have a difference in behavior. Please clarify the proper etiquette for these situations.

You are right correct in that you would approach it differently. How you would approach it would depend heavily on your normal behavior patterns. For example, if you have a

What are some good ice breaker discussion topics when you meet someone new at a networking work function?

There are many topics you can bring up. It is not so much the topic as it is how you bring it up. Meaning, use open-ended questions so that the