Job Readiness 101: The Importance of Body Language

Yellow eye contact                                                                                                  When asked to identify the biggest body language mistakes job seekers make, 65% of hiring managers cited failure to make eye contact in a recent Career Builder survey.

Getting it right can boost client confidence with minimal English skills required for success.  First impressions and non-verbal queues are equally important throughout job upgrades and career ladders, too.

“Employers are looking for  non-verbal cues to indicate a candidate’s level of professionalism and if they will be the right fit for the position.” Rosemary Haefner, Human Resources VP for CareerBuilder

 Click here to read about other important job-ready behaviors (and some funny interview mistakes).

Beyond the Basics

For more advanced job seekers applying for job upgrades or professional positions, click here for even more, including how to use an iDevice in an interview, position yourself for an exit handshake and minimize distractions from carrying or wearing too many accessories.  Consider providing this article to clients with the motivation and skills to conduct more independent job searches.

3 More Easy Techniques You Can Use

  1. Include an explanation, demonstration and practice in a job readiness class.
  2. Model greetings with eye contact, a smile and handshake every time you meet with a client.  Practice makes perfect.
  3. Consider using this video demonstrating a good U.S. handshake.




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