On June 8, 2012, a professional grooming workshop was held at Raffles College of Higher Education, Singapore. The Training & Development department from Conrad Centennial Singapore conducted the session. Conrad Centennial Singapore is a luxury hotel under the Hilton Worldwide brand. The team was led by Regine Toh (HR Manager) along with Sherry Chua (Asst HR Manager) and Samantha Loong (HR Executive).
Students were introduced to the importance of personal image on a professional level. First impressions count. And depending on effort, it can work for or against the individual. Looking the part of a capable, reliable and confident professional will increase chances of employability during job interviews – or encourage clients to patronise again.
Here are the highlights of the training:
1) Wearing the Right Clothes
Some fashionistas will swear by the saying “you are what you wear”. Yes, fashion is an artistic expression, but you do not have to be a fashion stylist to know that dress sense reflects on professionalism. During an interview, wear clothes that are presentable according to the company’s guidelines. Dress formally if necessary. And if in doubt, ask the person who called you for an interview about what you should wear.
Once you are on the job, dress in a clean, comfortable and presentable manner – regardless of whether you are required to wear a uniform or not. Dressing well for your job shows that you respect your company. It also projects a good image of yourself and the company to clients.
2) Personal Hygiene
Good hygiene is underrated. It is easy to take hygiene for granted – until someone with unpleasant grooming habits show up. To maintain a professional outlook, the team from Conrad Centennial Singapore recommended the following basics:
- Eyebrows trimmed
- Face cleaned and shine-free
- Teeth cleaned and without food particles
- Ears clear from visible ear wax
- No visible tattoos
3) Proper Body Language
Potential employers and clients do not just listen to what you have to say. They are also subjected to the messages that your body sends across. So keep up that confident and brilliant stance with good posture. Show them that you are alert and interested in what they are saying with proper eye contact and acknowledging nods where appropriate. And do not forget to give them a firm handshake for goodwill!
Capping off the Session
Director of Human Resource, Andy Khor, shared about the history of Conrad Centennial Singapore and explained several job positions and opportunities available at their hotel.
Every Raffles college and university works with quality industry partners to give students a fresh and relevant perspective of their field of study. Workshops are held for students to gain first hand information on behind-the-scenes activities of real commercial entities – which benefits personal growth as a professional. Engaging students with the realities of their trade teaches them the basics in a manner that is easy to understand and remember.
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