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No Texting During Interviews…And Other Etiquette For College Grads

If you’re about to graduate from college and head out into the world, you know about many of the challenges that await you. The economy is still fragile; the cost of living is high, and landing the right job is never easy.

But take heart — Jodi R. R. Smith has some ideas that might help. She’s not a career counselor or an expert on the economy or the job market. But she is an authority on one particular personal skill that can help. And she says it’s a skill that’s in very short supply: manners.

And let’s be clear here. She won’t tell you that good manners are all you need to land that
job. But she will make the case that a lack of manners and etiquette can work against you. And she says it’s surprising how many people get tripped up by a basic lack of manners.

Here’s an excerpt from Smith’s book, “From Clueless to Class Act, Manners for the Modern Man and Manners for the Modern Woman:”

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