As a Polished woman, no one has to tell you twice that your personal style and image during business hours matters! In fact, it may be the rest of your department that breaks a nervous sweat when the big boss shows up unannounced. While everyone just tossed on their a-little-too-casual for business casual clothes, you confidently dawned a tailored look. Guess who the boss noticed and is getting a promotion AND a raise!
How you show up to work physically presents your respect for your workplace and occupation. After all, you are a representative of your company or employer! And as always, you should take pride in how you look. So let’s specify the 5 ways to manage your professional image.
1. Dress for the Job
When choosing your outfit in the morning, ask yourself:
- Where am I going?
- Who am I going to see?
- What kind of impression do I need to make to get the job done?
2. Communicate with Respect
Success in any business is all about building strong professional relationships. Remember to smile, make eye contact, and lean in for engagement.
3. Control Your Body Language
Professionals must always be mindful of their body language while communicating to ensure they are appropriate and respectful. Monitor your natural responses and the emotions of others.
4. Always Be On Time
Everyone’s time is valuable, so treat it as such. Being professional means being on time always. No excuses!
5. Be Yourself
YOU are your biggest asset! You will always have a higher sense of confidence when you show up representing your best self, ready to share your unique talents with the world.
Remember that your professional image could be someone’s very first impression of you. They say it only takes 7 to 15 seconds to make a first impression, so you better make sure that your appearance is top notch! Also, personal style and image during business hours applies to the virtual world too! Click HERE for tips on looking your best professional self on Zoom.