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CSC to host annual Etiquette Dinner

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Linda Cheng
  Staff Writer

The UNCG Career Services Center is hosting an Etiquette Dinner on Thursday, November 10 from 5-7 p.m. The dinner is lead by CSC Networking Initiatives Coordinator Lucretia King, and provides many opportunities for students to network among themselves and with community members. The Etiquette Dinner is an annual event where students have the opportunity to learn the proper rules of dining etiquette from an expert while enjoying a delicious five course meal with local employers, university staff, and fellow Spartans.

Before and after dinner, attendees will have time to network with featured employer partners handpicked by the Career Services Center.

“Events such as the Etiquette Dinner are important because they help students learn the rules of etiquette,” King said, “especially when dining – making a great first impression can be the difference between successfully landing that dream job, gaining acceptance into an organization, and whether or not one can successfully close an important business deal for a client. During our event, we provide attendees the chance to learn and practice how to best handle themselves, particularly when interviewing for a job over the course of a meal, minus the pressure a person would normally feel in that actual situation.”

The event will also feature guest speaker Aimee Symington of Finesse Worldwide, Inc.

King also shared advice for those unable to attend but interested in etiquette.

“The best tips I can provide those who have registered to attend the etiquette dinner are one, arrive early for check-in and networking, which will start at 4:15 p.m.,” King said, “two, be dressed to impress in proper professional attire, and you can find examples of business dress on our Career Services Center blog [https://uncgcareerservices.wordpress.com/ ], and three, take advantage of the time you have with our featured speaker Aimee Symington of Finesse Worldwide, Inc., our Career Services Center staff, and our area employers to ask questions about business etiquette and interviewing.”

The dinner requires formal attire; for women, a business suit, pants suit, or dress; and for men, a business suit or collared shirt, dress pants, and tie. Both outfits are recommended to be worn with a jacket.

Vegetarian options will be available.

For those who cannot attend the Etiquette Dinner, Lucretia King says to “take advantage of the university’s Career Services Center. There are many opportunities to get help from the Center, and it is open to all students.”

One-on-one appointments can be had with a career coach, by appointment or drop-in.

Sessions with Peer Career Ambassadors can include mock interviews, resume reviews, and job hunt assistance. In addition, students can sign up to attend one of Career Services Center’s Spring 2017 events.

CSC will host an annual student and alumni networking event, Reality Check, on February 23, 2017, and the Spring Career Fair on March 1. These are both great opportunities to practice business etiquette and make a great first impression on a potential employer.

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