By Emily Hutton
In the working world where an employer will decide if they would hire you or not in the first 20 seconds of the interview, it is important to be prepared, or you will find yourself not getting very far.
Julie Blais-Comeau, The Sticky Situations Blogger for the Huffington Post and author of Etiquette: Confidence and Credibility, says that when it comes to preparing for the workplace, it is almost like mathematics.
“To me it’s almost like a mathematical formula; E= c2,” said Blais-Comeau. “Etiquette will give you self-confidence and client credibility, and for someone that’s about to begin their career it will give them the confidence to succeed.”
When it comes to business etiquette, it isn’t just about the way you behave at the dinner table, it teaches people how to conduct themselves in a professional manner in whatever setting. From board meetings to network events, business etiquette will benefit a person when it comes to presenting themselves to future employers or clients.
“If any student wants to leave school and get a job, business etiquette is an integral part of it,” said Jacob Cooke, a Bachelor of Applied Business student at Algonquin College. “It starts the very moment that you apply for a job and carries through the entire interview process, if you don’t have the business etiquette skills to adequately present yourself no employer is going to take a chance with you.”
Even when in an international setting, students with business etiquette skills have an advantage when it comes to finding a career.
Suzanne Nourse, Founder and Director of The Protocol School of Ottawa, says that it takes a lot more than just researching the country you will be living in when applying to work abroad.
“Basically the world is divided in to 2 ways of thinking and approaching business. In Canada, the United States, and Western Europe, we don’t care about relationships so much. When we meet clients we are happy to get down to business. In a lot of the world we can not do business until we have a relationship.” said Nourse “It’s not just learning about the country or the language, it’s about learning, How do they think’.”
Whatever industry an individual chooses to invest their future into, having knowledge of business etiquette skills will help them succeed.
Julie Blais-Comeau is a well-known etiquette expert and offers classes and presentations, as well as one-on-one coaching. Her book is available on her website, www.etiquettejulie.com. Suzanne Nourse runs the Protocol School of Ottawa and offers presentations and classes on etiquette, the schools website is www.etiquetteottawa.com.