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Free UNT etiquette dinner registration closes today

Free UNT etiquette dinner registration closes today

March 16
23:32 2014

Tricia Sims // Intern Writer

Those wanting an edge in future employment can sign up for a place at the Career Center’s free spring Etiquette Dinner at the Gateway Ballroom using the eagle network, code 1862. The deadline is today.

“This training helps them (students) know how to professionally have a presence for dinner meetings and meals,” said Nancy Eanes, Career Center assistant director of employer services. “There is a lot of things going on with this. It is not just how to hold your fork and knife, how to seat yourself at the table and what to do with your coat and purse.”

Fourteen different companies will sponsor a separate dinner table where students will eat. Student participants are required to bring 12 copies of their résumé and dress professionally for interaction with possible employers.

“It’s a great way to meet new people and get your name out there. You never know who you may meet who can possibly help you in the future,” said merchandising senior Tyshala Bluitt, who attended in the fall. “I was able to meet other students and employers I probably wouldn’t have gotten the chance to meet if I had not attended.”

At the dinner, there will be a guest speaker who teaches students the proper etiquette and protocol of a business meeting as well as other things.

Richard Wells, former head of the UNT journalism department, will be the facilitator. He has been trained and certified by the Protocol School of Washington and will share his experiences with students.

“We talk about dinning etiquette because quite a few students throughout the university need it when they are applying for jobs,” Wells said. “It is a common practice among some firms or organizations to take perspective employees out for a meal to see if they are well mannered.”

Twelve main dining “do’s and don’ts” will be covered in the session. Eye contact, how to make an entrance into a room, how to improve your mingling and improving hand shaking are all simple but important parts of ettiquite.

Wells, who has traveled to more than 40 different countries in the last eight years, said having these skills has been very useful throughout his life.

“Make sure you know how to work a room, know some things you should and should not discuss in a social setting,” he said. “In general, you need to be well mannered at all times.”

An important etiquette tool is paying attention to the culture and different backgrounds of people around you.

“Interacting with people in a business field, an educational field, or a science field is totally different,” said education research doctoral student Tsz Lun Chu, who went to the fall session.

About 150 students attended in the fall and Eanes said the Career Center is expecting 165 this spring.

“College should be more than just study, but to expose to different opportunities for learning about the society and the ‘real’ career world to be equipped for future success,” Chu said.

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