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Body Language & Non-verbals

Body language speaks volumes. In addition to attire, dining etiquette, and handshakes, which are extremely important in the job search, your body language and other non-verbal cues communicate your thoughts, friendliness, level of confidence, and much more.

By using good body language and other professional behaviors, you project confidence. Confidence is a set of behaviors you can learn and practice.

Consider your non-verbal cues when interacting with others and when others can observe you even if you are not directly interacting.

  • At a career fair, as you move about, wait and speak with others.
  • As a student or audience member listening to a speaker (who might be an employer or a contact for one). Yes, speakers notice the demeanor of classroom/audience members.
  • Talking with a speaker after a presentation.
  • Before, during and after an interview.
  • Any other chance or planned meeting you have with a potential employer.
  • Any interaction with a person who might refer you to an employer.
  • Posture, while standing, seated and walking.
  • Facial expression.
  • Eye contact.
  • Movement of your arms and hands.
  • Maintaining personal space; distance between self and others.

Fidget, touch your face, play with your hair, adjust your clothing, scratch, bite your nails.

We'll be glad to answer questions and give you feedback on your non-verbal communication: