Category Archives: In the Workplace

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Professional You – Building your wardrobe

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One of the first issues of concern that I hear from new professionals is “What will I wear?” While this question may seem a bit frivolous to some, as a college student, you probably don’t own a wide (or any) selection of professional attire. You definitely want to dress appropriate to your field, without breaking the bank.

Ask around
Long before your first day of work, ask your supervisor what the expectations are for what you can and cannot wear to work. Typically, your line of work will dictate what type of attire you will need to buy. For example, if you work in the healthcare setting, you’ll likely need scrubs and comfortable footwear. If you’re working as a geology research assistant, you may be expected to own steel-toe shoes and protective outwear. If you’ll be working in certain labs, you may need to wear a hairnet. A job in finance will likely require you to own a number of suits.

There may also be some organizational or departmental policies about wearing jewelry (how and where it’s is worn), perfume, finger nail length, etc. Depending on your line of work and the organization, there may even be a manual or handbook that details this sort of information. Even if your employer tells you to wear “business attire” or “business casual”, these terms can mean different things to different employers. So, ask questions.
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Young Professionals

Professional You – An introduction to a new series

Today, we begin a new series of articles exploring the transition from college student to new professional. This series is for students starting internships, as well as new grads starting in your first professional position.

Whether interning or working full time, you understandably want to make a good impression and get your professional career started in right direction. One of the first things to keep in mind is that it takes time to learn a new position. It’s great to be excited and zealous for the work, but make sure you give yourself enough time to adjust to this new opportunity. For interns, that learning curve may only be 1-3 weeks, since your time with the organization will be relatively short. In all honesty, you’ll be in learning mode for the entire internship, but those first few weeks will be especially key. For full time employment, you’ll need at least six months, but probably closer to 12-18 months of steadily learning and observing your new surroundings.
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What Matters Now

Guest Author: Emily Bennington is the author of Effective Immediately: How to Fit In, Stand Out, and Move Up at Your First Real Job. She hosts a popular blog for career newbies at www.professionalstudio365.com and can be found on Twitter @EmilyBennington or via email at ebennington @ msn dot com.

Inspired by Seth Godin’s recent e-book “What Matters Now”, I decided to give the topic some thought myself. What better time to ponder these questions than at the start of a new year, right? If I had been invited to participate in Seth’s book (I wasn’t), I would have written about something that is curiously absent from an otherwise comprehensive list.

Leadership.

Leadership matters.

And let’s be honest, 2009 was not a time of great leadership. So as we turn the page on a new year, here are a few ways to build your own leadership muscle in 2010 and beyond:
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How to Raise Your Visibility Within Your Organization

Guest Author: Peggy McKee, The Medical Sales Recruiter
Website: http://phcconsulting.com/WordPress

It’s common for me to get questions from folks in higher-level sales positions or semi-supervisory positions (maybe National Accounts Managers, etc.), maybe interviewing for Regional Accounts Manager positions, who want to know how to differentiate themselves so that they will be the ones who get tapped for promotions. There’s a lot of advice out there about these kinds of things, and certainly your sales performance has to be solid to even put you in the running. I provide custom consulting at this level, too, but to get you started, here are 9 ways to raise your visibility within your organization and build your personal brand:
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