4 Ways To Increase Professionalism

Okay, so you've just finished the long, tedious job interview process and your new boss has just informed you that you got the position over three other candidates. After giving yourself a pat on the back, however, you realize that this marks a brand new journey, including a series of new and challenging obstacles. Setting professional standards in this competitive and unpredictable job market is a good way to increase your value as an employee. Here are a few ideas to increase professionalism in your new job:

1. Be On Time

Punctuality is one key to increase professionalism in the workforce. A rule of thumb to follow is to look at being on time as being late. Instead, show up to work ten minutes early. This will show your boss that you are serious about your job. Also, it will give you plenty of time to prepare for the day and set a standard for other employees.

2. Learn To Share The Spotlight

Being a team player also communicates a professional attitude to your superiors. The word team, for all intents and purposes, is a four-letter acronym for "together everyone achieves more". Staying later when another employee needs to leave early, complimenting a colleague for doing a good job, and not making excuses are examples of team-oriented behavior.

3. Don't Broadcast The Details Of Your Personal Life

"Never bring your work home with you" is a very wise expression. The same rule applies vice-versa. For example, discussing relationship issues, financial problems, and personal problems at work is a good way to become the target of office jokes and gossip. This rule can extend to inappropriate jokes and language. You have to first respect yourself before others will respect you.

4. Look Professional

A professional image communicates to your boss that you are a valued employee for several reasons. If you feel good about how you look, that confidence will pour out of you throughout your day when you deliver presentations, meet with your subordinates, and consult with other professionals. Males will want to maintain a clean-shaven appearance. Most professional businessmen invest in luxury razor blades to get an extra close shave that looks clean. Women should not be afraid to wear power suits; they exude confidence and a "risk-taker" attitude. Maintaining a high level of professionalism will lead to an exciting and rewarding career. By following these simple tips, you will soon find yourself on the high road to success. Enjoy this article? You've got time for another! Check out these related articles:   Photo Credit: Shutterstock

In our new YouTube series, "Well This Happened" it's your turn to be the career coach! What would you do if you asked a coworker when the baby was due and she responded with, "I'm not pregnant." Watch the video and cast your vote b posting a comment on Youtube. We'll select one person from the correct answers at random to win free membership to the Work It Daily program. Good luck!

SHOW MORE Show less

If you've ever wondered what a Work It Daily (WID) membership could do for you, a letter we got this week provides a powerful example...

SHOW MORE Show less

There are 3 things hiring managers are trying to initially assess about you in the job interview. This video walks you through what they are looking for and offers insights into the right information to give them. Be sure to check out our free resources mentioned in the video too. They are:

SHOW MORE Show less

Last week during my Office Hours on Youtube, a client asked about how to deal with a workplace bully. After spending many years in corporate HR, I flipped to the other side and became a career therapist. So, I've seen both sides of this situation in the workplace. In this video, I discuss why people struggle to deal with bullies and what you can do to change the situation instantly.

This week, I did something that truly scared me. I sent an email to over 120,000 Work It Daily newsletter subscribers and asked them to answer the question, "What do we do?"

SHOW MORE Show less

A market correction is going to happen. When it does, layoffs will follow. I've been in the HR and recruiting industry for over two decades and have seen three recessions of varying sizes. In the video above, I explain how to tell when a recession is coming and what that means to you and your career. While many people will skip watching this. Or, will watch it and do nothing. I hope YOU are the smart, savvy professional who sees how important it is to prepare for unexpected, unwelcomed career circumstances.

SHOW MORE Show less

In this video, you'll learn how to tell if your career is plateauing due to the Executive Blues. You'll also learn what you can do to fix the problem and get your "executive energy" back so you can keep your career on track and set goals to reach new heights of success!

Want to watch the full video tutorial by J.T.?

CLICK HERE to get access!