Career Kuel Category Expert: Gayle Petrillo
My husband has been a writer all his life. During his early career years, he was the Director of PR and Marketing for two large non-profit, professional associations; and therefore, he wrote all day, every day.
When we moved to Arizona, he continued writing as a freelance journalist and authored three novels. He continues to write a lot, every day.
One of the publications he writes for is Northeast Carwasher. I know, who would have known there was such a magazine – written for and by car wash owners and operators.
Every once in a while I’ll see the printed copy of one of the magazines he writes for lying on the kitchen counter, pick it up and browse. Last week, I did just that. And, I came across an article that caught my eye. It’s part of a regular column by JoAnna Brandi, Joanna’s Gems. JoAnna is a certified Chief Happiness Officer focusing on creating positive cultures.
“I suggest always putting your best foot forward, on paper and in person. Your personally crafted resume should do that for you.”
The Importance Of First Impressions:
In the Spring 2021 magazine, she titled her column, “What do you want to be famous for?”
It got me thinking about the importance of first impressions. She asks her readers how we want people to feel after interacting with us, and as we ponder that, would it change our behaviors or intentions?
For me, I want to be famous for having a smile that is contagious and lighting up the room when I enter. I want to be known for my generosity — not simply giving money, but more importantly, my time. I want to be remembered for having patience… with my mom, my sister, my husband and my friends.
I believe it is important to make the best first impression you are able to, because we only get one opportunity to make that first impression. Now, let me ask you. How Do You Want To Be Remembered?
I suggest always putting your best foot forward, on paper and in person. Your personally crafted resume should do that for you. So, too, does your body language, whether in person or in a virtual setting.
Eye contact and body posture say a lot about you. Do you have energy? Are you a positive person? Do you show interest in others?
Think about the compliments you receive. That may be a starting point for you. Continue to do the things people recognize as your strengths. Watch others’ body language when you speak. It will convey volumes to you about how well you and your words are being received.
About the Author:
Gayle Petrillo is President of First Impressions, Image Consulting. Gayle is an image consultant working with both businesses and individuals. Her services include: customer service training; team building skills; secret shopper services; gossip avoidance techniques; closet analysis; wardrobe transformations, personal shopping; employment coaching; and presentation skills.