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Social Skills for Career Readiness


Social-Emotional Learning ^21st Century Skills MS/HS/College Strategy


Self-regulation Expressive Language Social Awareness

Social Skills for Career Readiness

If your student is unfamiliar with professional etiquette

How To Apply It!

  1. Students often benefit from explicit instruction in how to behave in more formal circumstances, such as interacting with adults or interviewing for a job or internship.
  2. Handshake. Teach and practice with students an appropriate handshake when introduced to an adult.
  3. Eye contact. Remind students of the importance of eye contact during a conversation. Eye contact is important to show your audience you are fully engaged and listening to them.
  4. Conversation starters. Prepare students with topics to discuss so they are more comfortable during awkward moments.
  5. Appropriate dress. Ensure students know how to dress for a more formal situation. They should remove any hats when coming in from outside. Ripped or tattered jeans and sneakers are usually not appropriate. A collared shirt for boys and a dress or blouse for girls is preferable.
  6. Tone. Students should know to keep an "inside voice" and measured tone even if they are upset.
  7. Grammar and language. The words we use with friends are often different from language we use in professional situations. If students want to make a good impression, they want to use appropriate language.

Why It Works (the Science Of Learning)!

Students might not realize the importance of making a good impression, and adults play an essential role in helping them understand what is expected of them in different situations. If they enter a situation with a good understanding of expectations, they are more likely to be self-confident and relaxed and be at their best.