In my wildest dreams, I never dreamt I would become an etiquette expert-however I have dreamt about being an entrepreneur and about being a mother. My dream job as a mother has not been easy… Nor has my dream job as an entrepreneur. What has helped me thrive, is believing that within my dreams are opportunities. Our dreams invite us to reach beyond our present goals. If you don’t like your present job, challenge yourself to reach for that dream job. It’s hard to change, and even though you might get the opportunity to interview for that job—something happens, and we don’t get that job.
Are you wondering why?
- Maybe you made the wrong impression when you walked into the room?
- Maybe you wore the wrong clothes?
- Maybe you did not answer the question the right way?
- Maybe you did not ask the right questions?
- Maybe you did not maintain good eye contact?
- Maybe you squirmed and fidgeted in your seat?
- Maybe you did not smile when you said goodbye?
- Maybe you did not send a written thank-you and instead sent an email.?
Well, thinking about all those may-be’s would give anyone a bad dream. Let Mother, May I wake you up and offer you the right advice to make that dream job a reality. MMI did a Business Etiquette program for the University Of AZ Eller College of Management:
A candidate was disappointed that they kept getting rejected interview after interview. Upon receiving a Certificate of Completion from MMI Business Etiquette Class, that student figured out what they needed to do to outclass others in getting that job.
Here are some etiquette words of advice to help you perform better as an interviewee:
- You don’t have to be a saint to make a positive difference in the world. Make time to volunteer and add volunteering to your resume.
- There is a reason actors have dress rehearsals. Take their cue, and be sure to practice your interview by making a video tape, in a mirror or in the presence of a friend. Dry run the clothes you intend to wear for the interview as well.
- Practice your elevator speech on why you want this job. If you don’t say out loud why this has been your dream job, then you won’t sound like you really want the job.
- During your interview, demonstrate that you are a good listener. Follow our Facebook to read about active listening tips.
- Be Yourself! If you are kind, sincere, and mannerly, than you are likeable. People want to work around people that are likeable.
Do you want more advice on how to make your dream come true? Contact us! We will make your dream job become a reality !!
Demetria and Lisa
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