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Professionalism….Is It Required?

As the Founder and President of YPI Consultants, LLC business owners and professionals have a level of expectation regarding my level of professionalism. Recently during several conversations with business owners and professionals it has been brought to my attention that our nation has been considered rude and unethical at (many) times. When I heard this I was immediately saddened, but I stopped to reflect where this impression may be derived. A flash of the many reality shows came to mind, the subtle  manners of the housewives of…, Survivor and the backstabbing methods of surviving the games and challenges, Jersey Shores and their cut throat hospitality along with their rude fun and antics and let’s not forget those looking for love and their mission to stir the pot of love with venomous cocktails on the beach.

If this is the impression we are sending across the globe, I think it is time to revisit the term Professionalism.

Professionalism…What is it?

This is the definition according to Merriam-Webster online dictionary(as a noun)

:1.  the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person(see 1professional).2. the following of a profession (as athletics) for gain or livelihood.

This is the definition from bing:Vlado Photo 34167yz22srweyd

pro·fes·sion·al·ism

 [ prō féshən’l ìzzəm ] 1.professional standards: the skill, competence, or character expected of a member of a highly trained profession 2. use of professionals: the use of professionals instead of amateurs.

Definition of PROFESSIONAL (as an adjective)

a : of, relating to, or characteristic of a profession

b : engaged in one of the learned professions

c (1) : characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession (2) : exhibiting a courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace

We all, including myself, at some time have been less professional than expected, but we know the difference and therefore make better decision because of that knowledge and experience. Not to mention we are no longer the amateurs behaving in an unprofessional manner. I ask the next time you are about to loss your respect for another or act in an unprofessional manner, that you take a deep breath and ask yourself if you are the amateur or the professional.
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Will a Professional Appearance really help me get a job?

Will a professional appearance really help me get a job?

I was asked this question recently and I was surprised. The job market is so competitive you need to stay one, if not two sets ahead of your competition. One way to do that is to be Professional, consistently online and off.  We know that most positions are filled through networking and you have only one chance to make a positive first impression online or off. First Impressions Count and last for a very long time. How many times have you heard someone state “I was impressed with that individual the moment I met her/him”?

What impact does my facebook, twitter or other online site have to do with my job performance?

Remember the internet is open to everyone, all day, everyday! No Exceptions. You can block, but they will find you. It has happened. Be smart and keep the things that will keep you from getting or keeping a job off the internet. If you have to ask me if it is appropriate or not, chances are it’s NOT!  Did you google yourself today?

So what do I need to do or change to be considered professional?

It is not always a matter of your attire, it is a matter of neatness, etiquette and respect.

There is power in the eyes and eye contact during a conversation is very important.

Keep your breath fresh, if you are a smoker be careful not to smell like an ashtray. The mixture of your fragrance or cologne with cigarette smoke is not a favorable scent for anyone. I suggest you avoid smoking in your car and other closed areas before your appointment because the smoke smell sticks to your clothes.

A firm handshake along with a smile works well, but not a flirty smile, and shows confidence.

Keeping up with your personal hygiene is critical, clean hands and nails are also recommended. During cold months, use light lotion to keep skin looking healthy on your hands and face.

Keep your shoes clean and polished. Carry a polishing cloth or quick swipe with you for tough up as needed.

Keep your clothes neat and pressed. Not everyone is expected to wear a suit at all times, but your attire should always be clean and neat. Who knows you may find a job while standing on line at the deli or car wash.

If you are running late, let your appointment know that you will be late. Respect the time of all parties at the meeting/interview.

DO NOT TAKE A CALL OR KEEP YOUR CELL PHONE ON (Shut it off) DURING YOUR INTERVIEW.

I hope these tips help you but your best foot forward at all times.

Because Image Matters!

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