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! 

Professionalism 101

What things should I think about?

  • Attitude. Am I presenting a positive, respectful, team player persona who is trustworthy and has integrity?
  • 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?
  • Work Ethic. Am I willing to work extra hours like my fellow employees to get the project completed? Am I willing to take initiative to improve a process? Am I meeting the expected deadlines and expectations? Am I accountable for my mistakes? Am I willing to help others?
  • 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?
  • 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?
  • 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?
  • 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 do I 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 you notes.

Is my online presence professional?

  • Google your name. What comes up first? Am I presenting a positive, respectful, team player persona who is trustworthy and has integrity?
  • Adjust privacy settings. Change settings to only allow friends/connections to see your posts.
  • Untag yourself. Ask friends to take down questionable pictures or untag yourself.
  • Update your LinkedIn profile. Make sure your skills and endorsements match your application materials.