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  • 1. ProfessionalismCreated by Wendy Thompson, WVU Graduate Dietetic Intern
  • 2. Outline of PresentationWhat is professionalism?How is professionalism judged? Image Demeanor and Body Language Communication Competence
  • 3. What is professionalism? Websters Dictionary defines it as, "the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person.” “Having an awareness of how your actions, body language, and words affect others perception of you.” Taking accountability for your actions The ability to communicate your knowledge Displaying a positive attitude and competence that is unaffected by discrimination, bias and politics
  • 4. How do others judge your professionalism? Your image Your demeanor Your communication Your competence
  • 5. The Importance of Your Image  Remember: First impressions make lasting impressions!  One’s image is made up of looks, attire, and overall presentation of one’s self.
  • 6. When should you be dressedprofessionally?InterviewsJob FairsConferencesProfessional meetingsWhenever you are presenting
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  • 9. Portraying a Professional Image for Women
  • 10. How to Dress - Women Wear a conservative skirted or pant suit in navy blue, dark brown, gray or black.  Skirts should be at or just slightly above the knee – do not wear anything shorter!  Make sure that your clothing is flattering but that it is not too tight or revealing Wear a blouse with a modest neckline that fully covers the shoulders – a long sleeve jacket is usually best. Do not wear shoes that are open toed, open healed, strappy, flashy, or that have heels higher than 2.5 inches NEVER wear dirty, torn, or offensive clothing
  • 11. Hair, Nails, Make-up, Jewelry Hair may be pulled up or left down as long as it looks clean and will not be a distraction  Avoid styles that may be considered to be too “trendy” and may be looked down upon by the older generation Wear make-up that is not distracting and that looks natural Do not wear flashy nail polish – have a subtle, neutral color or clear coat only Stick to no more than one pair of earrings, one ring on each hand, one necklace, professional-looking watch, and one bracelet.  Avoid jewelry that is flashy or loud that could be distracting
  • 12. Dress like this… not like this
  • 13. Portraying a Professional Image for Men
  • 14. How to dress – Men  Wear a nice looking suit that fits well – best colors are black, dark blue, or dark gray  Pants should not drag on the floor or expose the ankle  Wear a long-sleeve button up shirt under the suit jacket  Make sure that your shirt is fully tucked in  Wear a silk tie that is tied securely  Avoid flashy color or patterns  Make sure all clothing is ironed and freshly pressed  Wear nice black dress shoes  Have them shined (no scuff markings)  Wear dress socks that match your suit and shoes
  • 15. Additional tips for Men Shave and have a clean hair-cut Make sure nails are clean cut and free from any dirt Avoid wearing any phony watches or athletic looking jewelry (i.e. Livestrong wristbands) Limit jewelry to only one ring one on each hand and a professional looking watch
  • 16. Casual to Professional Dress Examples for Men
  • 17. Important Tips for Everyone  Carry your resume inside a small portfolio  Turn off your phone  Do not chew gum  Do not wear strong smelling cologne or perfume  Hide any visible tattoos (they should be completely covered)  Avoid facial piercings – if you have facial piercings then remove any jewelry  Avoid any unnatural hair colors or off-the-wall hair cuts
  • 18. Demeanor – Do’s and Don’ts Do:  Have a positive attitude and SMILE – this will make you very personable  Take accountability and ownership of your actions  Be approachable  Go the extra mile - show other’s you take your work seriously and that you want to excel  Try to stay calm even in a chaotic or stressful environment  Maintain focus  Maintain a sense of humor when appropriate  Be humble  Show that you are trustworthy, dependable, and sincere  Have strong ethics  Be supportive of others
  • 19. Demeanor – Do’s and Don’ts Don’t:  Lose your temper  Expose your insecurities  Complain or have a negative attitude  Hold a grudge  Gossip  Arrive late – always try to give yourself enough time to not appear rushed.
  • 20. Tips for appropriate body language Do:  Introduce yourself with a confident, firm handshake while standing  Make eye contact  Sit-up straight  Lean forward slightly to show your interested and engaged  Show that you are actively listening by nodding your head and making positive response gestures (do not become a bubblehead by overdoing it!) Don’t:  Cross your arms – it makes your appear closed off  Play with your hair, jewelry, clothing, pen/pencil, etc.  Slouch or hunch your back
  • 21. RememberYou should ALWAYS be practicing appropriate demeanor and bodylanguage because you never know who you are going to see ormeet that you may establish a professional relationship with later ondown the road.
  • 22. Communication Use proper language  Do not use profanity or slang terms  Speak using proper English Maintain an appropriate tone of voice  Do not yell or shout  Make sure you are speaking loud enough to be heard from a comfortable distance  Avoid speaking monotonously Avoid inappropriate content  Remember to make all social media site private unless they are kept professional Speak clearly  Make sure you are not speaking too fast  Make sure to enunciate you words so that you are easily understood Be an active listener Avoid saying “um” or “like” excessively
  • 23. Competence Before an interview or meeting make sure to do your research  Know information regarding:  Who will be there  About the company, position, etc.  The topic or focus of the meeting  Show that you are well prepared  Bring a copy of your resume  Bring new ideas  Rehearse typically interview questions
  • 24. Sources: ress.html