How much thought do you give each day to how you present yourself at work?
For example, in the morning, when you’re getting dressed, do you put on a pair of jeans and the first t-shirt that catches your eye? Or do you carefully select a suit, shirt, tie, and shoes?
Do you make sure you always have the latest iPhone in a pristine case, or is your phone all scratched and banged up from the hundreds of times you’ve dropped it?
Is your cubicle cluttered but fun, with your daughter’s kindergarten painting pinned to the wall, piles of old sticky notes everywhere, and a stress ball with a smiley face by your computer? Or is it neatly arranged, with files carefully stacked on top of each other and a framed picture of your spouse and children framed on your desk?
The importance of presentation
How you present yourself to your colleagues, supervisor, and clients is crucial to how people perceive you, as well as to your career development.
Obviously, your attire and accessories play an important role. In fact, according to a PR Newswire article titled “Survey Shows How Clothing Affects Promotion Prospects,” in 2013, 80 percent of executives believed that an employee’s style of dress somewhat or significantly affected his or her chances of getting a promotion.
How messy or organized your workspace is also contributes. Jenna Goudreau points out in her Forbes article “The Dangers of a Messy Desk” that 57 percent of U.S. workers judge colleagues by how clean their workspaces are. Moreover, a messy workspace is generally attributed to laziness—and that’s not a quality you want to be known for at work.
Similarly, your attitude and behavior are critical. If you’re always friendly, polite, and enthusiastic, you’ll come across as being more capable and professional than if you complain a lot or are rude to coworkers.
Tips for presenting yourself in a professional manner
To make sure you always present yourself professionally, keep the following tips in mind:
Presenting yourself professionally is all about knowing what the standard is in your company or industry and finding a way to adhere to it without losing your individuality. Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll soon learn how to present yourself to your best professional advantage.
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