For veterans seeking jobs, first impressions are key

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Editor’s Note: CareerSource Suncoast (formerly Suncoast Workforce) is a partner of the Legacy of Valor campaign honoring veterans and their families throughout Southwest Florida. The agency, which connects employers with skilled talent, collaborated with Goodwill Manasota on two occasions to organize a jobs and services fair for veterans and their families. 

Everyone knows the importance of first impressions. But what you may not realize is there is a short window to make a brilliant first impression. According to Bill Lampton Ph.D., in the article, “How to Make A Strong First Impression,” it takes just seven to 17 seconds. That means you have to act quickly — whether you are meeting with a new business acquaintance or interviewing for a job.

Making an outstanding first impression was one of the topics covered in CareerSource Suncoast’s career preparation workshops to help military veterans. The workshops were designed to help veterans prepare for the Legacy of Valor Veterans and Their Families Jobs and Services Fair at Ed Smith Stadium in early February.

Click to read the five steps that you can apply to ensure a great first impression.