Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Don't overdo the pep

Anita Bruzzese, Gannett, reminds us that being out of work can make us doubt ourselves—can we master the new stuff, is our wardrobe OK, am I too old, too green?

Often—we push these doubts down—and paste on a fake smile and plunge in. This can come off as over-eager, awkward.

You need to be authentic—not fake.

One expert says to decide ahead of time what you want to get out of an event. Maybe it’s just passing out some cards. Or getting some cards so you can call or email later.

Try to use action verbs—definite verbs. You are deciding on a field—not considering a field.

You don’t have to be all glad-handy. If that’s not your style—maybe ask the company rep about their background—people like to talk about themselves—even HR people.

“Have you worked at Company X long? Do you like it?”

Again, don’t overdo it…or you will come off as nosy and strange.

Strange, like Susie the Cheerleader, never works well in these situations.

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