Etiquette Tip of the Week: Be a Contender, Not a Blender
Everybody thinks etiquette
is about blending in. But sometimes etiquette is about standing out.
A lot of hiring and
purchasing grinds to a halt in November and December. If you are job hunting or
selling, it’s easy to get discouraged.
In January and February,
commerce comes back to life. Hiring and purchasing heats up. Companies start
afresh with new budgets.
If there were little things
you could do to separate from the pack, you would do them, right?
Try a little enhanced
Everyone is filling out
online applications. Get face to face through networking events, alumni
associations, trade associations, Chamber of Commerce events and professional
improvement organizations like Toastmasters. Nothing sells you, like you in
"It's nice to
meet you," is common. Be uncommon
with a smile and, “How
do you do?” If you are really a star, repeat the person’s name back
to them: “How do you do,
In addition to an email
thank you after an interview or sales call, send a typed thank you by postal
mail. The email thank you is the minimum, but letters leave a lasting
Others wait for their phone
to ring. Make things happen with a follow-up call to inquire about the status
of the position or purchasing decision. It shows enthusiasm and persistence. It
says, “If you hire me or
buy my product, I won’t disappear.”
Dress better. Press your
clothes. Brush off the pet hair. Etiquette is about being attentive to others –
dress out of respect for the ones you want to win over.
Be attentive to
receptionists or office assistants. They are part of your process. Others
overlook them, but you are more personable and they put in a good word for you.
You are not
everybody. Let people know with enhanced etiquette skills.