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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
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