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What Your Handshake Says About You

A good handshake is more important than most people realize. It can often times make or break your chances at securing a job opportunity, a perspective client or score an important business connection.

For college grads especially, a good handshake can create a lasting first impression and a competitive edge over other potential job candidates. It only takes seven seconds for a person to form a first impression, while nonverbal cues have more than four times the impact on someone than a verbal cue.* While this little action is often overlooked by young professionals alike, handshakes are good indicators of a person’s personality, character and confidence level. Keep in mind that no employer wants to hire someone whose handshake brings attention to a weakness or flaw (something unpleasant). A solid handshake is just another form of self-promotion and can even enhance your resume, work portfolio and appearance. Don’t be the guy who is remembered as the one who had the shake of a SIGH…dead fish or the one with the OUCH…Kung Fu grip.

 The best advice: stand up straight, be confident, extend a firm, not too overpowering grip, make eye contact and most importantly, smile.

* http://www.forbes.com/sites/carolkinseygoman/2011/02/13/seven-seconds-to-make-a-first-impression/

Posted September 2013