You can't ignore the bloggers anymore if you're looking for a job. There are thousands of them out there, ad if you look at the right Websites, you'll find they offer some of the best job-hunting advice available.
Take Carol Roth's Blog, http://www.carolroth.com/unsolicited-business-advice/?p=4429
In it, contributors in the CarolRoth.com community offer some suggestions on ways to make a really good first impression at a new company, or meeting with a prospective client or customers.
Everyone knows the basic 3P's -- be punctual, prepared, and presentable, they write, but following are eight more tried-and-true tips to make your first impression outstanding.
Say little, listen a lot.
In a first meeting, ask smart questions about the company, the project, or the position. Then look them in the eye, use body language to show your genuine interest, and really listen to what they say and how they say it. Being a great listener always leaves a positive impression.
If you can go into a meeting with a piece of interesting research to share (Google Scholar is a good place to search), or perhaps some original tips you've written up about their company or industry, they will see you as a genuine asset -- and someone who is focused on their needs.
Knock them off balance.
If you can pull it off, have a surprising motto or self-description at the ready. One salesperson delighted clients by introducing himself as a "fly-by-night company here to rip you off any way I can." An attractive consultant I know says, "We turn on executives." Mine is, "I'll tell you if you have spinach in your teeth."
Be in the moment.
No matter how distracted or nervous you feel, when you're facing a prospective employer or a new client for the first time, act as if you'd rather be here talking to him or her than anywhere else. If your mind wanders or you become aware of an emotion, such as fear, simply refocus on his or her questions and your behavior in the now.
Give a gift.
If it's appropriate (a job interview would not be, but meeting a new client might be), give something that makes them remember you. A financial advisor left prospective clients a home-baked apple pie with a note that read, "I'll make sure you get a bigger piece of the pie." Another person I know takes her cue from Japanese tradition, giving an inexpensive gift with the words, "A token for our success together."
Follow up immediately.
As soon as you leave your first meeting, send a thank-you note with an interesting observation or recap of your conversation. Shoot them an email thanking them for their time, and perhaps asking them if they have any more questions for you. Always invite them to contact you.
Some people do this by wearing an amazing color. Others do it with a highly designed resume, cover letter, business cards, and social media sites that are all coordinated to match. A marketer I know, after he introduces himself on the phone, adds "and I'm calling from beautiful downtown Omaha." Whatever your trademark differentiator, make it hard to forget.
Confidence is contagious. If you're relaxed, smiling, and people sense your positive energy and authority, it will make a major impact on their first impression.
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