Tag Archive: business etiquette

Sexual Harassment and Emerging Professionals

October 20, 2017 2:57 pm Published by

Sexual harassment in the workplace is real and emerging professionals and new graduates are sometimes the target.  Workplace predators are counting on the naive responses, fearful attempts to push back and lack of knowledge about sexual harassment policies. Often, these emerging professionals, who are new to the workplace, don’t even fully know what is acceptable behavior or expected of them and of co-workers just yet. When you read the op-ed by Lupita Nyong’o in the New York Times, about her encounters with Harvey Weinstein, you really get some insight into... View Article

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

July 12, 2017 10:41 am Published by

I recently read a note about handshakes in a career journal and thought I would update and re-post the following that I wrote many years ago. We assume everyone knows how to shake hands, right? Not so. A recruiter shared with me the other day, how often he met college students and professionals who really did not know how to do a professional handshake. It might seem silly, but your handshake is one of those things that people in general or hiring managers will remember about you. Your handshake says... View Article

Plan to Finish Your Internship in Style

May 23, 2017 12:59 am Published by

Thousands of college students, including HBCU students, are participating in summer internships all across the country.  If you are one of those students who have secured an internship this summer, your goal should be to finish up your internship in style. What do I mean by that? I mean that you should finish up your internship experience positively and in a professional way. How to finish up with style! Before you leave, thank your supervisor and tell them what you have learned. Be specific about projects and skills that will... View Article

The Intern Did What? Expected Internship Behavior

September 9, 2015 2:07 pm Published by

Years ago I wrote about a graduate college student who had stolen art work from a museum during his internship. Everyone was pretty clear about that being theft and not expected internship behavior. Not only was that intern dismissed from his job, but he was also criminally prosecuted. I was reminded of that incident while having a conversation with a technology manager who was asking for advice on managing an intern. It turns out that the intern was spending a lot of time streaming and watching movies during business hours.... View Article

Who Hired the Angry Black Woman?

October 30, 2014 9:10 am Published by

Last month, highly acclaimed television producer, Shonda Rhimes, was titled the “angry black woman” in an article from the New York Times.  The article stated that Ms. Rhimes, creator, writer and producer of television favorites like Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away With Murder, consistently displays the main characters in her top rated television shows as angry. The article noted also that Ms. Rhimes’ main characters are African-American women.  In response to the article, Ms. Rhimes blasted the writer for stereotyping her and her main characters.  The comments of the writer from... View Article

Business Skills New Grads Need

May 11, 2014 7:54 pm Published by

Employers shared concerns about business skills new grads need in recent CareerBuilder and CareerRookie.com survey.   The survey pointed to 6 business skills area where new grads show a lack of preparation. Employers share the business skills new grads need Below is a list of the business skills new grads need and the percentage of employers who feel that new grads need more training in these areas: Customer service (41 %) Public relations/communications (22 %) Business development (21 %) Sales (21 %) General office functions (20 %) Information Technology (18 %) Knowing employers have concerns about a lack... View Article

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