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Mirriam-Webster Online defines Professionalism as " the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person".  Such qualities are expected when you enter the workforce, but are also applicable in an academic setting.  Acting in a professional manner when giving a speech or presentation is critical if you want a good grade.  However, professionalism also has a place in most student activities, from attending class to meeting with a professor or your advisor.  This LibGuide offers tips and tools for looking and acting professional in any setting. 


10 Ways To Be Professional

10 Ways To Be Professional

Acting like a professional really means doing what it takes to make others think of you as reliablerespectful, and competent. Depending on where you work and the type of job you have, this can take on many different forms. The more you put into practice the 10 points listed below (adapted from Carrer Coach's 10 Ways To Be Professional) the better your chances will be to create a positive reputation for yourself both in the workplace and in the classroom. 

1. Competence. You have the skills and knowledge that enable you to do your job well. It's important to be honest, and not overstate or understate your abilities.

2. Reliability. People can depend on you to show up on time, submit your work when it’s supposed to be ready, etc.

3. Honesty. You tell the truth, are upfront about where things stand, and own up to your mistakes.

4. Integrity. You are known for your consistent principles.

5. Respect For Others. Treating all people as if they mattered is part of your approach.

6. Self-Improvement. Rather than letting your skills or knowledge become outdated, you seek out ways of staying current in your field.

7. Being Positive. No one likes a constant pessimist. Having an upbeat attitude and trying to be a problem-solver makes a big difference.

8. Supporting Others. You share the spotlight with colleagues, take time to show others how to do things properly, and lend an ear when necessary.

9. Staying Work-Focused. Not letting your private life needlessly have an impact on your job, and not spending time at work attending to personal matters.

10. Listening Carefully. People want to be heard, so you give people a chance to explain their ideas properly.



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