5 Ways to Step Up Your Professionalism

Alex Bill—With the hustle and bustle of college, we all tend to forget the reason we are off studying and opening our brains to so much knowledge in the first place. Regardless of your field of study, there is one goal in mind for all college students: finding your CAREER! Today I am going to give you some helpful tips in preparing for the professional world!

1. Dress for success!

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Yes I know, it’s a bit cliche and bland. Seriously though, this is the easiest way to level up your professional impression! Not to mention it can be a huge boost to your personal self-esteem! So dress up and dare to look nice. In the long run you’ll feel better and be a more approachable candidate for the next big conference.

2. LinkedIn? 

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It may come as a shock to many of us twitter users, but professionals actually use LinkedIn as a recruiting tool. That being said, get a nice picture of you with your awesome successful clothes on and leave the selfie for Instagram! On LinkedIn, you want to look the part and spell out anything that may be attractive to prospective employers, or co-workers for that matter. Ideally you want to highlight anything that shows experience in your field of interest. So now you have a bomb LinkedIn account? That’s great! KEEP IT UPDATED! Prospective employers want to see your activity on your account, so continually make changes and capitalize on the amazing tools that are given in your professional social media account.

3. You only have one resume?

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So you have a resume, and that is fantastic! Did you know that you are supposed to tailor it for every job that you apply to? Keeping your resume current is super important, but so is making sure that your resume is arranged so it shines you in the perfect light for every application. Make sure you are using vernacular that pertains to the job you are applying for. For example, if you’re applying to a customer service job and you’ve never worked with people before, you need to display the skills that you have that would allow you to become a good candidate for the position! Don’t forget, Career Services on campus would love to help you develop a killer resume!

4. Time…

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I want you to know before you read this, I AM A TIME MANIAC! Time is something that you can never get back, and that being said, I have thought sincerely about the use of my time. I also am the guy that shows up to everything fifteen minutes early…sorry! In any event, I think that it is best to show up a little early, as it shows a dedication to the event you are attending, whether it be work or a friend’s birthday party. Fifteen minutes may be a bit overkill, but at least I am never late! It also gives me additional time to do the little things while I am waiting, like reading my latest book or updating my LinkedIn. See… there is no such thing as too early.

5. Keep your space clean!

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I don’t know how many times I’ve walked into someone’s room, office, or work-space and it was horrendously overgrown with papers and other random objects. This is by far one of the most essential things to a productive and efficient job well done. If you can’t find what you need within thirty seconds of searching, you probably need to organize yourself a bit more. Not to mention if anyone else is seeing your space. It pays to be well organized in the long run. While it may stink to clean up once a week, it makes the rest of your tasks a lot easier. Take it from me, someone who never used to clean up their room or desk. One day, everything had gotten so messy, and I spilled coffee all over my desk, ruining a ton of documents that could have been saved if they were in their right spots. So just do it, it’s a pain I know, but it really is worth it. Nothing matches the pain of having to rewrite your homework due at eight the next morning.

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