Alumni Speak To Economics Class About Business Etiquette

Benjamin alumni Chelsea Reed ‘88 and Colin Hickey ‘07 spoke with Dr. Hope Myers’ Economic Issues class about business etiquette the morning of August 24. The business students, who are working towards a mock interview, heard from the two alums over Zoom about navigating the business and unique hiring landscape during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reed ‘88, a newly elected member of City Council and former health care company owner, spoke with the students about the importance of presenting yourself well during video conferences. Hickey ‘07, a partner at Forbes Family Trust, underscored the importance of personal presentation, telling the class that they will likely be doing more video conferencing in interviews even after we come out of the pandemic.

“Companies are seeing that there are huge cost benefits to conducting business this way. The way you present yourself on video conferences is important,” said Hickey. “Non-verbal communication is key.”

Reed encouraged students to show up, sit up straight, and do everything to present a true representation of who they are to potential employers. 

“Companies will do a ‘deep dive’ on you, including looking at your social media accounts and your ‘netaquitte,’” Reed cautioned. 

She went on to define business wear categories, how to dress professionally without breaking the bank, and the importance of maintaining a budget.

“You are going to have great opportunities ahead of you,” said Reed. “We are trying to help you find the best one for you.”
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