Etiquette and Protocol Training for College and University Students

October 07, 2011  |   0 Comment

Graduation cap on globe.Transitioning from student life to the work world can be a nerve-wracking experience for any student who is not properly prepared.  Whether students are preparing for articling interviews, job interviews, internships, cooperative placements, Career Fairs, business meals or cocktail parties, having good manners builds leadership, refines social skills, improves their image and increases their self-confidence. All of these elements are fundamental to their success.

Employers are looking for the perfect employee for the job – and that means more than technical know-how. Students who are able to present themselves at job interviews or employer events as confident and sociable WILL put them ahead of the competition.
Colleges and Universities are recognizing the need for their students to master their social skills and good manners in order to create and maintain a good first impression as they prepare to transition from student life to the work world.

The following seminars provide leadership skills that students can implement immediately to help them project the confidence and authority they will need to distinguish themselves from the crowd and outclass their competition.

The Job Interview Process:  Stand Out From Your Competition

  • Telephone Etiquette When You Receive an Offer of Interview
  • Preparing for the Interview
  • Attending the Interview – Making an Entrance
  • Introductions
  • Business Card Protocol
  • Handshaking
  • Eye Signals and Contact
  • Body Language
  • Remembering Name
  • Professional Image – Dress for Success
  • The Art of Conversation
  • Job Interview Techniques
  • Handling Questions
  • Asking Questions
  • Making an Exit
  • Follow-Up After the Interview: Strategic Do’s and Don’ts
  • E-mail Etiquette
  • Thank You Cards

Making the Most of Employer Events:  Networking Savvy

  • Game Plan for Career Fairs and Employer Receptions or Events
  • How to Make an Entrance and Work a Room
  • Introductions
  • Body Language
  • Remembering Names
  • Professional Image – Dress for Success
  • Handshaking
  • Eye Signals and Contact
  • How to Market Yourself
  • Improving your Mingling Proficiency
  • How and When to Join a Group
  • The Importance of Small Talk
  • Business Card Protocol
  • Dining Etiquette Overview
  • Cocktail Party Etiquette Overview
  • Balancing Food, Drink and Shaking Hands
  • Alcohol at Events and Handling it Wisely
  • Making an Exit
  • Thank You Cards

Dining Etiquette for Students – Outclass the Competition

People judge others by their table manners.  Good table manners allow you to concentrate and confidently participate during a business meal, thus making a positive impression upon your colleagues. This practical and interactive seminar will help students build their confidence and reduce anxiety for interviews or employer events organized around a meal. Our goal is to work with students to hone their dining skills so they can outclass their competition and have fun doing it!

The skills students will learn in this seminar include:

  • Accepting an Invitation
  • RSVP
  • Receiving Line
  • Host and Guest Duties
  • Toasting
  • Seating Guidelines
  • Arriving at the Restaurant or Social Event
  • Taking your Seat
  • Posture at the Table and Excusing Yourself
  • Napkin Etiquette
  • The Silent Service Code
  • American Style of Eating
  • Continental Style of Eating
  • Silverware Savvy
  • Proper Place Settings
  • How to Appear Open, Relaxed and Friendly
  • How to Start a Conversation
  • Taboo Subjects and Nosy Questions
  • Dining Dos and Don’ts
  • Eating Various Foods
  • Thank You Cards

All of BloomStra Consulting’s services can be tailored to fit the specific needs of students and the respective Career Services Office.  Whether students are preparing for a Career Fair, articling interviews, or a cocktail event with a potential employer – BloomStra Consulting can create customized seminars and/or coaching services to ensure that the particular needs of your students are met within the timeline that you desire.