Social and dining etiquette plays a key role in today’s business world. You will use these skills in everything from interviews and business meetings, to networking events and office parties. A little confidence can go a long way and proper etiquette will set you apart from the competition. These skills are crucial to securing a job and advancing in your career.
Many organizations, large and small, conduct final round interviews in a professional dining setting. And the way you present yourself can make or break the deal. Even if you have an outstanding resume and excel in interviews, your lack of knowledge of social etiquette can prevent you from receiving an offer.
Each fall and spring semester, the Sam M. Walton College of Business Career Development Center and the Center for Retailing Excellence host a professional development training event focused on social and dining etiquette. The event consists of professional image consultant conducting an hour training session on social etiquette in a networking setting and American dining style within a formal setting. After training, students enjoy a three course dinner and the company of local employers and fellow students. This event is held at the Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House on the University of Arkansas campus. This event is free to students, but seating is limited. To be considered for this event, students must fill out an application, available in the Walton College Career Center, and submit a letter of recommendation from a professor or instructor. Recommendation letters can be emailed directly to Renee Clay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Training Events:
The spring 2014 Social and Dining Etiquette will be Wednesday, March 19, and will be held at the Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House from 4-7pm. Applications are available in the Walton College Career Center (WJWH 226). This is a space-limited event!
In addition to the formal training, the Walton College Career Center will host two alternate sessions: March 12 (1-2pm) and April 15 (2-3pm). These presentations will focus on social and dinning etiquette basics and will be open to all Walton College students. Interested students can sign up to attend by emailing CareerCenter@Walton.uark.edu.
Past Training Events:
35 students and 14 employers attended the spring training session March 14, 2012. Company attendees included representatives from The J.M. Smucker Company, Unilever, Sam' Club, SymphonyIRI, Lowe's, Advantage Sales & Marketing, Nestle, and CaseStack.
For more information regarding this event, please contact Renee Clay at 479.575.3925 or email@example.com.
The diagram below represents a standard place setting. The place setting will vary depending on the type of food being served. For example, if seafood is being served there will be an additional fork and knife. Also, the dessert fork may be placed above the dinner plate along with a dessert spoon.