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BUSINESS ETIQUETTE

BUSINESS ETIQUETTE

BUSINESS ETIQUETTE

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What is Business Etiquette? Per the online business dictionary:  Expected behaviors and expectations for individual actions within society, group, or class. Within a place of business, it involves treating coworkers and employer with respect and courtesy in a way that creates a pleasant work environment for everyone.

BUSINESS ATTIRE

BUSINESS ETIQUETTE

BUSINESS ETIQUETTE

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It is not only  the clothing worn that is important, it is also how it is worn that can make a great impression to employers.

stress management

BUSINESS ETIQUETTE

stress management

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As a student, you may have class work, homework, extra-curricular activities, clubs, sports, job or many other commitments. It is important to recognize signs of stress or burn out so that you can manage it early.

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FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT

stress management

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There are so many things to get ready for your next step. College can be an amazing experience, but it is necessary to prepare. College Preparation, Application and FAFSA

FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT

FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT

FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT

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Creating financial stability starts with knowledge. You will need to understand money matters to make them work for you.

Wages, Credit Cards, Taxes, 401k, Insurance

NETWORKING

FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT

FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT

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Hard work is a great foundation for your education and career, but networking can have a huge impact on your success. Find ways to meet others with your interests as well as those you can learn from. Start with school clubs and teams, find local events that interest you and make friends.


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article and picture from: the balance careers

 

 https://www.thebalancecareers.com/business-casual-attire-2061335 


Dress Appropriately for Your Workplace

First things first: let the corporate culture of the company be your guide. This means that if people generally dress up to go to work, so should you. When interviewing for a professional position at a traditional company, it's always important to dress professionally and to dress in your best business attire, regardless of the organization's dress code.

On the other hand, if you’re interviewing at a tech startup or a media company or similar, and most people wear jeans and t-shirts to work, you can be a bit more relaxed and opt for business casual attire.

Note that we did not say, “Wear a t-shirt.” Regardless of the informality of the company, you want to dress to impress when you’re going to a job interview. That may mean dressing a bit nicer than your prospective coworkers – or even than the interviewer. (More on potential sartorial pitfalls in a moment.) The goal is to convey professionalism and respect and to dress in a way that allows your ideas and experience to shine.

Dressing to Impress After You’ve Been Hired

After you have accepted the job offer, you may be working in an environment where business casual or just plain casual is appropriate workplace attire. In that case, it’s important to avoid overdressing. It’s hard to gel with your new team when you’re wearing a three-piece suit and they’re in t-shirts and flip-flops.

If you're not sure what you should wear, ask. There is no better way to make a bad impression than to show up for your first day of work standing out like a sore thumb because you're not dressed correctly.

Business Professional Attire vs. Business Casual Attire

Even if you were paying attention to people's outfits on your interview day, it's still a good idea to ask about what's typical. Who knows — maybe you interviewed on a dress-down work day. It's best not to make any assumptions. Instead, check in with HR or your new manager. 

Another reason to ask is because business casual doesn't have a strict definition. The phrase means different things to different employers. In some cases, business casual attire means pressed khakis and a button-down long-sleeved shirt. To other companies, it might mean dress jeans and a polo shirt. 

Take a look at the following guidelines for appropriate attire for interviewing and for dressing in business casual.

Business Attire for Interviews for Women

  • Solid color, conservative suit with a coordinated blouse, moderate shoes, tan or light pantyhose, limited jewelry
  • Neat, professional hairstyle, manicured nails, light makeup, little or no perfume

Business Attire for Interviews for Men

  • Solid color, conservative suit, long sleeve shirt, conservative tie, dark socks, professional shoes
  • Neat hairstyle, trimmed nails, little or no cologne or aftershave

Business Casual Attire for Women

  • Khaki, corduroy, twill or cotton pants or skirts, neatly pressed
  • Sweaters, twinsets, cardigans, polo/knit shirts
  • Solid colors work better than bright patterns

Business Casual Attire for Men

  • Khaki, gabardine or cotton pants, neatly pressed
  • Cotton long-sleeved button-down shirts, pressed, polo shirts or knit shirts with a collar
  • Sweaters
  • Leather shoes and belt
  • Tie optional

What Not to Wear

Regardless of gender, when the dress code is business casual it's not appropriate to wear your favorite old t-shirt, ripped jeans, and grubby sneakers. Keep in mind the "business" part of business casual, and leave your old comfortable clothes at home.

That said, when possible you want to avoid choosing an outfit that makes you uncomfortable. That’s tough if the dress code is business attire and you’re used to going to work dressed in athleisure. But remember that you’re trying to create a good first impression: looking like you’re wearing your older brother’s suit won’t help.

Does that mean skipping the suit altogether, even for employers with a more formal dress code? Not at all. But it does mean making sure that your interview attire fits and spending some time getting used to wearing it before the big day. If possible, spend a few hours walking, sitting, standing, etc., in the clothes you’ll wear to the interview. Just make sure to do so with enough time to get your outfit dry-cleaned, just in case.

Opt for Quality Over Quantity

Whether you're wearing business or business casual attire, remember that quality is more meaningful than quantity.

One classic bracelet or ring, for example, will impress your interviewer or employer more than an armful of bangles or rings on every finger. In the same vein, a good quality leather portfolio will impress more than a loud, colorful bag. Choose your interview accessories carefully.

Regardless of whether you are dressing for a job interview or to go to work, remember that appearances do matter. Potential (and current) employers may think less of you if you don't dress appropriately for the company. It's always important to make the best impression, whether looking for work or hoping for a promotion.

Business and Business Casual Examples

Business and Business Casual Examples


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Local Links for Help

HELP LINES

San Bernardino County Behavioral Health Center- 24 Hour Crisis Services

 http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dbh/crisis-services/ 


Cedar House Life Change Center- Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counseling

 cedarhouse.org 


The Olive Branch- Women's Counseling, Children's craft center & more!

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PERSONAL GROWTH

California Conservation  Corp.- Ages 18- The California Conservation Corps welcomes young individuals from all backgrounds. Once enrolled, expectations are high. Corpsmembers emerge from the CCC with character, credentials and commitment. 

https://ccc.ca.gov/


San Bernardino County  Library

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Youth Resources Directory for County of San Bernardino

 http://www.sbcounty.gov/uploads/dph/publichealth/documents/scip_community_resource_report.pdf 



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Teen Domestic Violence PSA

Violence can take place in a variety of ways. While society  has warned against physical violence, many times it begins as mental, emotional or verbal abuse. Harsh words, controlling behaviors, bullying or guilt. These actions are not ok and can be life altering. If you are experiencing or witnessing any of these behaviors, please seek help. Your school counselor or local help lines. 

DOVE 1-800-851-7601 


Resource Number

211.org

Everyone needs help at some time. If you are in need of assistance, call 211 to be directed to your local  center for: Crisis and Emergency, Disaster Assistance, Essential Needs (food, clothing, shelter)


 http://www.211.org/ 

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Nonprofit Organization helping families with housing, necessities, educational needs


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self test your unconscious bias

Harvard has created a short online test. After answering questions, the results outline possible unknowns biases. Take the quiz, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain through understanding.


 https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INFORMATION AND HELP

No one should ever be in fear of their safety. Love is not an excuse for being the target of another's anger or aggression. These types of behaviors can lead to severe physical harm. If the abuser is allowed to continue abusive behaviors, they can escalate and worsen. If you are someone you know is dealing this an abusive situation, please contact one of the locations below:


 http://www.sbcountyda.org/HelpingVictims/FamilyViolenceResources.aspx 


DOVE is a nonprofit organization in San Bernardino County-  http://www.doves4help.org/just-for-teens/what-is-teen-dating-violence/ 


VINE- Victims Have the Right to Know-  https://vinelink.com/#/home