Considering your own professional image and behaviour is essential whether you are:
Part of developing your professional image is knowing how to:
Projecting a professional image is important because it is one of the biggest concerns employers have when making hiring decisions.
There are three types of formal introductions for which you should prepare:
Most of the time you make your first impression through your physical appearance (how you look). People form opinions and attitudes based on appearance.
How you dress for an interview should be more formal than how you dress for a regular day at work
Dressing professionally does not mean completely abandoning personal style and taste, but the trick is knowing what is acceptable and what is not
A dress code is a policy that addresses the standard of acceptable attire in a specific workplace.
After you’ve determined what your organization considers proper attire:
You don’t need to invest a lot of money in a workplace wardrobe. Start with basic pieces and keep them conservative.
Keep your work wardrobe neat and clean, and keep clothing free of offensive smells such as cigarette smoke or body odour.
The following items are not acceptable to wear to work:
Often, employees are invited to attend special functions such as:
You may also be asked to attend:
A common mistake employees make is believing the notion that attending a workplace party is an invitation to drink and go nuts!
Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines courtesy as behaviour marked by polished manners or respect for others.
Basic common courtesies in your everyday and professional life:
In addition to the basic courtesies previously addressed, you’ll want to observe some manners while dining with others:
Your email behaviour has the potential to sabotage your professional reputation
Essentials of Professional Phone Skills:
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