How to Shake Hands Like a Professional

For entry-level young professionals, there are a myriad of office-related rules to follow. These are rarely talked about so it’s hard to master them as a young professional. But this is YoungFinances! We talk about taboo topics. The purpose of this post is to show you how to shake hands like a professional. Few people discuss it but it’s important to know. After all, not knowing how to make a good handshake could ruin an interview. It sounds silly but it’s true. Many people hold a lot of stake in a handshake.
You must master the art of the handshake. And I’m not using ‘art’ lightly. It takes skill to do it properly. If you don’t think so, shake the hand of a child. They don’t know how to do it well. Furthermore, go to a networking event. Many people there don’t give confident handshakes. Heck, even go to church and shake hands with the people around you. It’s not something everyone has been trained on.
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But men and women can both master this skill by following the rules outlined below:

Knowing When to Shake Hands

According to Psychology Today, the old rule that communication is broken down into 55% body language, 38% tone of voice, and 7% actual words spoken, is true in most cases. Of course, some people may cross their arms because they’re cold, not because they dislike you. In these cases, it’s necessary to take into account their personal environment.
All things equal, body language is incredibly important. The statistic that most language is nonverbal (55%) is true. This means you have to approach every encounter with professionalism and confidence.
There are certain definitive times you will need to shake hands. They include:
  • Job interviews
  • Initial meetings of coworkers and your supervisor
  • Greeting and saying goodbye to business partners or clients
  • When acting as a host for an event
  • When introduced as a guest at an event

How to Properly Shake Hands

The best handshake does not try to dominate the other person but it does display strength along with respect. The best way to shake hands is to follow this basic outline:
  1. Go in straight for the handshake, with your palm vertical to the ground. Don’t put your palm over the other person’s palm, as this signifies dominance. Dominance is not something a young professional wants to convey in most circumstances. It may come off as arrogance and disrespect for the status quo. Save the palm-over-palm technique for when you’re the boss.
  2. Clasp the entire hand, curling your index finger and thumb slightly in to each other.
  3. Squeeze their hand and release after approximately 2-5 seconds. During this time, the other person may pump your hand up and down from the elbow.
  4. Make eye contact while introducing yourself. In most cases, your superior will start the introduction and offer their hand to you first. Respond with a proper handshake while making eye contact and say your name.

If you’re uncertain of the importance of proper hand shaking, realize that a poor hand shake generally reflects negatively on you.

For better or worse, many people base their assumptions about you on how you shake hands. Do you approach a hand shake professionally and decisively, or do you shy away and offer a limp handshake? Do you try to overpower your client? Or do you respectfully grasp their hand and release?

How you handle these interactions can shape how others think of you. Learning how to properly shake hands is not an insurmountable task. I recommend practicing this technique with people which you are comfortable. It takes a little practice but it can be mastered fairly quickly.
Good luck and inspire confidence!

Originally posted 2015-07-29 10:00:26.


3 Ways to Find a Job By Networking Online

Just searching, applying, and attending interviews while looking for your first career position directly after college can be a full time job all by itself. I remember looking for my first job. I used to get frustrated when I saw former classmates getting hired by friends. It made me think that all of the work I did to earn good grades was for nothing.

But getting good grades is only half of the battle when it comes to finding a job. Who you know is the other half of the battle. And it can be the most important part of the battle. Networking in person can help you find jobs before they are listed online, but what if you see a job online and you don’t have the connections? You will need to begin networking online. Use these tips to make the process easier and leverage your networks.

Use Multiple Job Search Engines

Don’t be afraid to use more than one search engine to find a job. You may think that open positions will be listed on all of the large sites but that is just not how it works. Try AND Test out and look for positions directly on company websites. After you’ve checked these sources, try an industry specific job search engine. For example, in finance, you can search for entry-level and more advanced financial positions. The site also has a networking option so candidates can meet potential employers.

LinkedIn is a great place to look for a job because it already includes the element of professional networking. The job search feature is limited to jobs that might interest you. But if you perform a search using the right keywords, you may find other jobs. A major advantage to job searching on LinkedIn is the ability to connect with the recruiter directly.

Get Noticed for Your Skills

Before you start reaching out, it’s important that you update your resume and write a cover letter for your job search. You may receive an immediate request and you should be ready. Take the time to clean up your social networks and remove any potentially embarrassing material. You want to be noticed for your skills, not your ability to do a keg stand. Update your LinkedIn profile and ask your close connections and previous employers for recommendations and endorsements. Highlight relevant work history, skills and professional memberships.

You can also stand out by creating a blog or one page online resume. Create a blog to talk about your experience, your industry, and explore topics that interest you. A one page resume is similar to a LinkedIn profile but you can customize it more to match your specific skills. If you are in the design or creative field, you can create an online portfolio and stand out as a candidate.

Connect Online Via Professional Networking

Recruiters are always on the hunt for solid candidates. Take the time to find and connect with recruiters in your industry. Then, add all of your professional connections on LinkedIn. Start to share updates on interesting articles that you have read and stay active on a weekly basis. Join a group dedicated to your industry and chat with those members.

Once you start making meaningful connections, take it a step further. Ask for an in person meeting or Skype chat. Once the meeting is set up, prepare some questions that you can ask. This is not an interview but a conversation. Your goal is to simply create a deeper connection with an online friend.

Networking online is very similar to networking in person. You meet a new connection, find out how you can help them and discuss how they may be able to help you. Then you continue the conversation and look for ways to add value going forward.

Originally posted 2015-07-06 10:00:56.

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9 Principles of Success

We all want to be successful. Most people want to to better than their parents did. We strive to be our best self and even better than that. Over the years I’ve learned 9 Principles of Success that have kept me motivated as I strive for my goals. These principles apply to entrepreneurs, young adults and anyone who desires to do more.

9 Principles of Success

Don’t live your life to please others

Even though you may admire the achievements you see other entrepreneurs accomplish and aspire to do the same or more. You also may push yourself to your personal limits because there was that one person who told you that you would never make it. But you can’t live your life just to please others. Real leaders take action.

Don’t depend on other people to get you ahead

As the leader of your success, you failure or success will be solely determined by your own efforts. If you spend all day waiting for your big break, you will have wasted a lot of time. It’s been said that luck is when opportunity and preparation meet. Take the time you have available to you each day to put yourself one step closer to your ultimate goals.

“Opportunity is missed by most because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Alva Edison, Inventor and Entrepreneur

Keep harmony and compassion in your business and your life

I know we live in a capitalist society, but the businesses and the people that are the most successful and get ahead in their industry are the ones who help others along the way. Harmony is also important to keeping a smooth running operation, whether it be a business or your personal life.

Get Rid of those Backstabbers

You should surround yourself with people that will support you and push you to be your best. People that don’t want to see you succeed are ‘haters’. There’s no definition of haters at so let me break it down for you.

There are 6 Characteristics of Haters

They are Imitators: They pretend like they’re going to get involved when really they just want to steal your ideas.

They are Spectators: They look but don’t lift a finger to help and they are waiting for you to fail.

They are Commentators: They always want to add their ‘two cents’ on your goals even though they’ve never done the same thing you are doing.

They are Dictators: They always want to tell you what to do and how to do it.

They are Agitators: They are always annoying and negative.

They are Hesitaters: They always have an excuse to why they won’t take a step toward achieving more.

“A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him.”
David Brinkley, Newscaster

Always be nice

The word ‘networking’ is constantly repeated in our interviews with young entrepreneurs. It’s important to be nice to everyone that you meet. You never know when you might meet the person who will be instrumental in your success.

Free Yourself from Addictions

It doesn’t have to be a drug addiction that prevents you from being successful, you could be addicted to T.V. or other bad habits that kill your productivity. It’s important to prioritize your day and all of your activities. If a bad habit, or an addiction is preventing you from taking action, drop it.

“You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.” Henry Ford, Entrepreneur

Surround yourself with people who are as smart or smarter than you

You will become a better person by getting the mental stimulation you need from those that surround you. When you associate with people who are smarter or as smart as you then you can constantly increase your knowledge.

“Watch, listen, and learn. You can’t know it all yourself. Anyone who thinks they do is destined for mediocrity.” –Donald Trump, Business Mogul

Let Go of Money as Your First Motivation

I’ll admit it, money is a huge motivator for me. It is for most of the contingent workforce. The first time I learned the term ‘opportunity cost’ I began to measure the value in almost everything that I did. But if money is your first motivator then you will lose site of your ultimate goal.

“If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.” –Ray Kroc, Entrepreneur

Be Persistent in Pursuing Your Dreams but Enjoy the Journey

Don’t lose sight of your dreams, goals and aspirations. Make a visual representation of your goals and place it somewhere that you can see it each day. That’s what makes a person successful. When you look at those goals each day your mind will create ways to achieve those goals. Begin with the end in mind but don’t forget to enjoy the journey along the way.

Remember that life is a journey, not a destination.

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Originally posted 2015-02-04 06:00:00.


65+ Job Search Sites so You Can Get Hired Today

Finding a job after college can be tough. It can be extra challenging for those whose major isn’t particularly in-demand, who don’t have strong networks, or for those who live in an economically-depressed area. After applying to so many job search sites, it can feel like you’re throwing your resume into an abyss.

But don’t lose hope. I started in my field after sending my resume through an online portal, which got my foot in the door. All you need is one great resume and interview to set yourself up on the path to success! Here are 65+ job search sites you may not have already heard about:
All you need is one great resume and interview to set yourself up on the path to success! Here are 65+ job search sites you may not have already heard about

65+ Job Search Sites

General Job Search Sites

1. Career Builder – At Career Builder, you can get advice or search through 1.6 million jobs. Set alerts to be first in line and have new jobs emailed to you.

2. Indeed You can find millions of jobs compiled from thousands of company web sites, job boards and newspapers.

3. Monster – Monster is a source for jobs and career advice. You can search for jobs, read career advice from Monster’s job experts, and find hiring and recruiting tips and tricks.

4. LinkedIn – On LinkedIn, you can manage your professional identity, build and engage with your professional network, and access knowledge, insights and opportunities. Do not overlook this power player.

5. Glassdoor Here you can find reviews, salaries and benefits from employees as well as interview questions from candidates. It’s like having insider knowledge for thousands of companies.

6. College Recruiter – This is a leading niche job board for college students and recent grads who are searching for internships, part-time employment, and seasonal work.

7. US JobsFind local jobs and apply online via company employment career sites. US Jobs is a free service provided by the Direct Employers Association.

8. Simply Hired Search for job opportunities and browse by job category, city, state, employer and more.

9. Idealist – One of the best places to find volunteer opportunities, nonprofit jobs, internships, and organizations working to change the world. Humanitarian majors should definitely check out this site.

10. Snag a Job – It’s a job search engine with helpful advice on job searching, job interview questions (and how they should be answered) and more.

11. FlexJobs – A professional job search site to help you find the best flexible jobs available, safely and easily. Every job is hand-screened and legitimate.

12. The Job Spider A job search engine that offers a unique job classified system and free resume posting. Career search by category or keyword for thousands of full time and part time jobs.

13. Hot Jobs Yahoo Yahoo HotJobs is a comprehensive career management resource with job listings, a resume builder, and content to assist job seekers.

14. Flip Dog crawls employer web sites looking for job opportunities not advertised elsewhere. It’s a neat idea.

15. Job Central – Job search site where you can search for full time and part time jobs and job training.

16. All Job Search – Over 1,000 popular job sites, newspapers and newsgroups, all in one search.

17. Nation Job Nation Job provides an employment and online job search engine. You can post jobs and search for careers by community, industry, or company.

18. Work Tree A job portal that thousands of job seekers use daily as a launch pad to begin their online job search.

19. Hound A job search site with jobs directly from employer websites, job boards, newspapers, etc. Browse millions of latest jobs from thousands of companies.

20. Find Jobs by Zip – With Find Jobs by Zip, you can find full-time and part-time jobs with only your ZIP code. If location is your most important requirement, this site is perfect for you.

21. US Job Board Search jobs and career opportunities and find employment in the United States.

22. Hire Diversity – A job search site for diversity jobs, recruiting/hiring minority executives, managers and employees.

23. ExecuNet ExecuNet is a private community made up of nearly 700,000 CEOs and VPs, recruiters and more. These are the people to know.

24. Jobster – A job search engine with search criteria that matches individuals with suitable job listings.

25. Nation Job Post jobs and search for careers by community, industry, or company.

26. Link Up – A free job search site where you can find and apply for job openings found directly on company websites.

27. Career Jet – A job search site with jobs pulled from 10,000+ websites.

Specific Job Search Sites

These jobs are for those looking for more specific jobs.

28. LatPro – Find Spanish, bilingual, and Hispanic jobs on LatPro.

29. One Wire A job search site for finance professionals. Good for finance jobs, banking jobs, accounting jobs and more.

30. AccounTemps – Accountemps is a specialized, temporary staffing company for accounting, finance and bookkeeping.

31. After College – Entry level jobs and internships for those right out of school.

32. Dice – Dice is a site dedicated to tech industry jobs. In addition to a robust database of available jobs in the information technology industry, it offers a wide range of articles with tips and advice on landing a job in the IT field.

33. CrunchBoard – provides a spot for people interested in working in the tech industry.

34. Culintro – is where bartenders, cooks, executive chefs and maître d’s go to find American restaurant jobs.

35. Efinancial Career – For financial professionals seeking positions in investment banking, asset management, trading, auditing, risk management, and securities (to name a few) this is a go-to website. The site also provides job market news and salary survey information.

36. Jobs on the Menu – specializes in restaurant jobs for servers, hostesses, chefs, restaurant managers, and more in some of the finest restaurants in the U.S.

37. Health Care Job Site – One unique advantage the site offers is an online career portfolio option that healthcare professionals can use to build and showcase their portfolio.

38. Jobs in Logistics – helps job seekers find careers in transportation, supply chain, purchasing, distribution, and manufacturing among other areas.

39. Media Bistro – Media Bistro offers everything from communications coordinators to editor and social media positions, this site has a lot to offer anyone wanting to break into media and communications.

40. Journalism Jobs – offers over 800 journalism jobs around the world. In addition to traditional employment opportunities, you can find freelance work and internships as well as diversity jobs in the journalism industry.

41. Sales Gravy – offers an excellent range of sales training services, as well as articles on topics of interest within the field of sales.

42. USA Jobs – Job seekers interested in federal jobs can apply online, and learn about eligibility, pay, and benefits.

43. The Ladders – Originally launched as a job search site that specialized in employment for executives earning $100,000 or more per year, the site has expanded its services to all professional jobs representing nearly 43,000 recruiters.

44. LinkedIn – When it comes to useful tools for your job search, it’s nearly impossible to match With a global Alexa rank of 11 and a U.S. rank of 7, this site is a go-to resource for employers. It’s so powerful, we’ve decided to list it twice.

45. Tweet My Jobs – The simplicity and viral nature of this platform combine to make it a powerful recruiting tools for businesses – and job seekers savvy enough to use this medium in their searches.

46. Jobs Miner – This neat tool extracts job postings from various social media networks to match the search criteria you establish.

47. Wow Jobs Canada – Search over 100,000 jobs from thousands of job sites, classifieds and company sites across Canada.

48. Blogging for Jobs – is an online workplace resource for managers, leaders, human resources, and recruiting professionals.

49. iHispano – Join this Latino job board to find employers that are looking for Hispanic and bilingual Spanish professionals.

50. Career Journal – Executives, managers, and professionals can find jobs on this site from The Wall Street Journal.

51. Guru – Put your skills to work by creating a personal listing and responding to jobs on this freelance job search site.

52. Lawfirm Staff – Find jobs at law firms through this site.

53. College Grad – Recent college graduates can find tons of jobs and helpful resources on this job site.

54. IT Jobs – Find international IT and tech jobs on this site.

55. Military Hire – This job search site is the leading job site for military veterans.

56. ALA – The American Library Association maintains a list of open library positions.

57. Findlaw – Findlaw offers a career center for legal professionals.

58. Job 37 Signals – Check out 37 Signals to find programming, design, and executive jobs.

59. Saludos – This website provides career resources for Latino job seekers.

60. Cool Works – Find summer and seasonal job listings at national parks and resorts on this website.

61. Alum Wire – Alum Wire offers a job search for recent college graduates.

62. Opportunity Nocs – Check out this job search site to find nonprofit jobs and opportunities.

63. Care – On, you can find a job as a babysitter, tutor, pet sitter, or senior caregiver.

64. Education Crossing – Check out Education Crossing to find all of the education jobs available online.

65. Talent Zoo – TalentZoo offers a job search engine for advertising, marketing, publishing, broadcasting, and publishing jobs.

Even though finding a job is tougher than it used to be, it’s not impossible. While the internet has made job searching more impersonal, it has also opened many more opportunities than before. With determination, perseverance, and maybe some luck, the above job search sites can help you find a job today!

Originally posted 2016-08-04 10:00:08.