Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Get a Grip; What Does Your Handshake Say About You!
I see teens greeting each other and realized that many are not aware of the fundamental business handshake. We assume everyone knows how to shake hands, right? Not so.
As my teen son said to me a few days ago, does anyone expect a high school student to know how to shake hands like business people? Yes. People do.
Your handshake is one of those things that people in general or hiring managers will remember about you. If you are a teenager looking for work, keep these handshaking tips in mind when you attend a job fair, meet a manager or go to an interview:
1) Offer your hand while looking the other person in the eye. Smile, and offer a quick introduction of yourself. eg. "Hello, my name is Job Seeker".
2) Young ladies should really be sure to offer a firm grip. The key is palm to palm contact. Limp fingers with no movement do not make a handshake.
3) Two to three pumps of the hand, not too fast, will do.
4) Of course be sure your hands are clean, warm and dry.
A hearty handshake is one way to demonstrate your confidence and professionalism. Don't be shy about extending your hand to as many people as you can and practise getting your handshake just right.