What’s up, girls? Or should I say… “Hello ladies” (More formal, right?) As a college student, who is now having meetings, interviews and networking opportunities, I’ve gathered a few tips along the way that have helped me out a lot when working with adults or people that I need to be more professional with. Here are some great tips to make lasting impressions and help you in your everyday professional life.
1) Always Carry ‘Thank You’ Cards
My mom taught me this in 7th grade (moms know everything…duh!) and oh my gosh, it has been a lifesaver. Every time I meet someone new who’s offered to help me or given me advice, I always try to send them a thank you card. It’s a small gesture that goes a long way because people always remember it, which in the long run will make you stand out in their minds.
2) Before An Interview Or Meeting, Brush Up On Current Events
Even if you aren’t a business or journalism major, understanding current events and what’s happening in the world is always important. There is a good chance that something going on in politics, world relations, breaking news, etc. will come up in an interview or meeting. Also, it’s impressive to show off that you are interesting in the world around you, especially to potential employers.
3) Confirm Appointments
Whether it’s a professor or just a friend, make sure to always check in and confirm your upcoming meeting. This not only shows that you are organized about timing but also reminds the person in case they forgot. I know that when I make appointments with teachers, they are so busy already. They appreciate getting a confirmation email, just in case they needed that reminder.
4) Introduce And Sign An Email
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve received an email saying something simple like, “We want to schedule a lesson, does Wednesday work?” And that was it! No hello or goodbye. Although these type of emails are short and to the point, it just doesn’t have the same effect. It feels more like a text message rather than a formal email. It may seem self-explanatory, but always include an intro and ending to your emails. Another tip is to sign your name with either “sincerely” or “best.” It flows better in an email.
5) Bring A Spare Change Of Shoes If You Are Wearing Heels
Ouch! I learned this the hard way. Last year at a college meeting, the women I was meeting with randomly wanted to go on a walk around the campus and politely invited me. Keep in mind that I was still in stilettos. I didn’t want to be rude and say ‘no’ to the walk, so I sucked up the pain and went. However, next time I will most definitely bring a change of shoes because you never know if you are going to be walking and talking.
Woohoo! Good luck, collegiettes!