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  1. 1. ProfessionalismCreated by Wendy Thompson, WVU Graduate Dietetic Intern
  2. 2. Outline of PresentationWhat is professionalism?How is professionalism judged? Image Demeanor and Body Language Communication Competence
  3. 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. 4. How do others judge your professionalism? Your image Your demeanor Your communication Your competence
  5. 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. 6. When should you be dressedprofessionally?InterviewsJob FairsConferencesProfessional meetingsWhenever you are presenting
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  9. 9. Portraying a Professional Image for Women
  10. 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. 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. 12. Dress like this… not like this
  13. 13. Portraying a Professional Image for Men
  14. 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. 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. 16. Casual to Professional Dress Examples for Men
  17. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 24. Sources: ress.html