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Get a Grip; What Does Your Handshake Say About You!

I read a note about handshakes on the career site at Louisiana State University and thought I would repost the following that I wrote a couple years ago for you.

We assume everyone knows how to shake hands, right? Not so.

A recruiter shared with me the other day, how often he met students who really did not know how to shake hands like a professional.

It might seem silly, but your handshake is one of those things that people in general or hiring managers will remember about you. If you are looking for work, keep these handshaking tips in mind when you attend job fairs, meet managers or go to interviews:

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.

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