First impressions. What does your handshake say about you?  In Japan the usually light handshake is appropriate and with little or no eye contact. Maybe with a bow – which is a highly regarded greeting showing respect. Handshaking, is a silent language, which is used in many countries worldwide. It is the common propriety on most social occasions as an expression of courtesy and greeting when people meet or say goodbye.  The origin of the handshake is believed to demonstrate that you are unarmed, but today you are arming yourself with a great communication tool. To a potential employer you are giving a very relevant message, your sincerity and the “tone” combined with eye contact (contrary to the Japanese form) and a warm smile will deliver a strong message.

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