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Entry-Level Business Etiquette 101

Entry-Level Business Etiquette 101

Susan Bryant | Monster Contributing Writer

October 22, 2009

Cell Phones

Cell phones can be a lifesaver for many professionals. Unfortunately, if you are using a cell phone, you are most likely outside your office and may be preoccupied with driving, catching a flight or some other activity.

Be sensitive to the fact that your listener may not be interested in a play-by-play of traffic or the other events you are experiencing during your call.

Even if you have impeccable social graces, you will inevitably have a professional blunder at some point. When this happens, Klinkenberg offers this advice: Apologize sincerely without gushing or being too effusive. State your apology like you mean it, and then move on.

Making too big an issue of your mistake only magnifies the damage and makes the recipient more uncomfortable.

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    Frank_Ball

    almost 4 years ago

    19756 comments

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    ccolon08

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

    I HATE the limp handshake. I was meeting the potential candidate for an executive management position, who would be my boss's boss and they ended up hiring the one who gave me the weak handshake. For me it's awkward and makes me not trust you. Am I just crazy?

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    Mr_College

    over 4 years ago

    282 comments

    Glad you folks found it informative.

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    mkgessner

    almost 5 years ago

    220 comments

    I'm glad they brought up email etiquette. It amazes me how many people don't put thought into ensuring their communicatations are clear and professionally written. I had a company contact me once for a home-based data entry position...I could tell it was a scam because the spelling and grammar were so horrible. Plus, they wanted to send me a $300 money order that I was to cash and then send to s shipping office in a different state for my equipment....Riiiiiigggghhhhht.

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    jennifer_318821

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Good advise, I agree with the hand shake - women listen up - a good grip means business. Men admire a woman that can shake hands and it gives you some equality.

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    editor

    almost 5 years ago

    396 comments

    It's colloquial Telsara

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    telsara

    almost 5 years ago

    8 comments

    What do fish have to do with handshakes? Sorry I am from Norway.

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    JoeyBataguci

    almost 5 years ago

    18 comments

    Gotta have a firm handshake , no limp fish.