Professionalism

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Miriam Webster’s Dictionary defines Professionalism as “the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a professional person

 In order to succeed in a professional setting, it is imperative that you conduct yourself in a professional way. This may seem obvious, but there are some things that can be done to take you one step ahead of the crowd.

 Here are some tips to do just that:

  • How professional are the written email communications?

Grammar and spelling are everything. Make certain you’re courteous and professional. Written communication is key; you might lose out before you even interview.

Here’s an example of a professional email:

 

“Dear Andrea,

Thank you for your response to my email submission. I look forward to meeting with you.

Please let me know what day and time you would be available to meet, and I will make myself available.

My contact info was included in my resume, but I’ve included it below for your convenience.

Sincerely,

Michael

323-123-1234
michael@mywebsite.com

 

  • Was the set up professional for a Skype interview?

Having interviewed hundreds of people via Skype, I’ve seen everything in terms of quality of presentation.

Make sure it is a distraction-free space that is quiet. Remember, you are mocking up an “in-person interview” and helping the hiring manager make this happen smoothly.

I have had interviews where the person was practically in the dark, like a convict who didn’t want to show his face!

When the person hiring has to take the time to help get the lighting right, it’s a waste of time.

Also, do what you can to have a very serene, organized, minimalist background in the frame. If you have clutter and a wall of family photos and a big bulletin board filled with stuff… either move it or pick another wall.

Stage your interview correctly. Dress professionally, at least from the waste up! (you can wear your PJ bottoms if you really need to be comfortable), but a shirt and tie for men or a nice blouse for the ladies.

 

  • Appropriate wardrobe

Dress professionally. If anything, over dress! Do a little homework and gauge the company culture you’re interviewing for.

Know your audience. If it’s a young, modern company culture then you wouldn’t wear a tie. But women should still wear a clean blouse. If it is a more traditional office culture then ties for men and blouse and jacket for the ladies.

 

  • Manners

I love it when a person takes the time to thank me for my time.

I especially love it if they mail a card. You want to hire a person who is excited and seemingly passionate about the opportunity. Only about 1 in 20 send follow-up emails or a card in the mail.

We teach our kids to say “Please” and “Thank you”. Sending a card, or a follow up email is a professional way of saying “Thank you” and is always appreciated.

I guess old-fashioned politeness is dying on the vine.

– Andrea Doven

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