MSU Career Services hosts Etiquette Dinner

Staff Report

MOREHEAD – Morehead State University’s Career Services hosted its sixth formal, etiquette networking dinner for university students at the Adron Doran University Center.

Appalachian School of Law, 21st Mortgage, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Foresters Financial, Peace Corps and Verizon Cellular Sales sponsored the dinner. A total of 55 students took advantage of this opportunity.

The evening began with employers mingling with students as tips were shared to prepare students to be successful networkers. The recruiters volunteering their time to network represented the sponsors as well as Total Quality Logistics and Verizon Cellular Sales.

During the etiquette networking dinner, Terri Thompson, Etiquette Institute graduate, served as the guest speaker guiding participants in the proper way to navigate courses of food, handle napkins and tableware, as well as how to excuse oneself from the table.

“Etiquette is about helping students develop professional poise, confident communication skills, and personal polish,” said Thompson. “Practicing the three bedrock principles of etiquette…kindness, consideration and honestly is always the right thing to do and will help any student’s success.”

“I really enjoyed the tips that the speaker shared and I thought it was a great opportunity to network,” said Tiffany Parker, a psychology major.

According to national surveys of employers (NACE Job Outlook 2015), employers prize skills including: leadership, teamwork and communication skills. Employers who recruit at MSU also want those skills, but are more specific saying that students should be able to introduce themselves, learn to wear professional business attire, and practice basic etiquette.

“We listen to what employers say and try to build career events to help our students prepare for the world of work,” said Julia Hawkins, Career Services director, “I am pleased with the increased attendance at the dinner.”

For more information about Career Services, call 606-783-2233 or email at [email protected]

Staff Report

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