Career Services - Professionalism


Professionalism comes in many forms: the way you dress, the way you act, the way you speak, etc.  The following page will give you some tips on how to look and be your best!  Check out the TED talk below for tips on how to boost your confidence!

Professionalism 101

What things should I think about? 

  1. Attitude.  Am I presenting a positive, respectful, team player persona who is trustworthy and has integrity?
  2. Dress.  Does what I'm wearing match the office culture?  Am I wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) so that I am safe in the workplace?
  3. Work Ethic.  Am I willing to work extra hours like my fellow employees to get the project completed?  Am I willing to take intiative to improve a process?  Am I meeting the expected deadlines and expectations?  Am I accountable for my mistakes?  Am I willing to help others?
  4. Self Awareness.  Am I able to play to my strengths?  Am I able to accept constructive feedback?  Am I aware of the areas I need to work on?  Am I able to say "No" or ask for help?
  5. Communication.  Am I speaking slowly?  Am I using appropriate language for the workplace?  Do I use a professional email address that includes only my name?  Do I have a professional sounding voicemail?
  6. First Impressions.  Am I prepared?  Am I on time? Do I appear confident?  Am I dressed appropriately?  Did I say thank you and send a thank you?  Did I greet everyone and use their names?  Do I have a good handshake?
  7. Knowledge & Skills.  Am I taking advantage of trainings, conferences, and other opportunities for professional development?  Am I volunteering, researching, writing, and/or reading up on current trends in my field?

How to make a good first impression:

  1. Start with a personal self check before you go in.
  2. Smile! :) 
  3. Greet everyone and shake their hands.
  4. Speak slowly and clearly.
  5. Make eye contact.
  6. Display positive confident body language.
  7. Use positive statements.
  8. Say thank you & send thank yous.
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