A professional image will help you get the job. Take note of these ten tips:
- Language. The make it or break it of professional images. (see #2 and 3.)
- Take a more formal tone, but use comfortable vocabulary. Don’t use words you might mispronounce or use inaccurately.
- Don’t address anyone older than you as “you guys.” It’s too familiar.
- Appearance. Just because clothing is expensive doesn’t mean it’s appropriate. A classic, somewhat conservative look is almost always the best choice, and a few well-chosen pieces won’t break the bank.
- Tummies, toes and tattoos should all be covered up. Baseball caps are never OK – no matter how bad you think your hair looks.
- Put a professional greeting on your voicemail. Avoid using slangy or humorous email addresses.
- Turn off your cell phone and pager before you enter a professional setting. Only answer your phone when you are able to talk without distraction.
- Respect and adhere to deadlines. Be punctual. Present yourself as having good self-management skills.
- Develop a good, strong handshake and use it each time you are introduced. Take cues from those around you, i.e. join in if everyone is shaking hands at the start of a meeting.
- Smile!! It conveys confidence and interest.