Everyone loves a co-worker who is trustworthy, punctual and easy going. Being someone who people can count on is essential to a successful career. Promoting a positive appearance is extremely important when trying to develop professional habits. Here’s five ways you can establish a positive professional image:
- Sociable Personality – Exhibiting a social, personable character allows for others to view you more as a peer, than just a colleague. When interacting with different professionals you must maintain a friendly demeanor in unique situations and adverse atmospheres. Forge alliances with others by being supportive and transparent. People should enjoy your company; not be afraid of you. For tips about networking, see our article here.
- Reliability – When dealing with colleagues, meetings, and deadlines, you must be dependable and trustworthy. It’s imperative for co-workers to be able to count on you as an individual whether stakes are at the highest, or it’s just a simple task. Being on time and prepared with necessary information allows you to create a positive professional image.
- Under Promise and Over Deliver – Don’t just accept unrealistic deadlines or impossible assignments. Try not making promises you can’t keep; instead explain realistic parameters for your work efforts. Reassuring those around you that you can complete excellent work when given the proper time to prepare will help define your professional image.
- Be Respectful – Treat everyone as an equal, how you would like to be treated. Appreciating others work, providing honest critiques, and being a team player helps exude a confident professional image.
- Exemplify Positive Body Language – Carrying yourself with confidence is a crucial element of image. It’s sometimes difficult exhibiting a bold, positive appearance without coming off as cocky or egotistical. Making eye contact with colleagues and using open body language (i.e. facing the person speaking, and squaring body directly toward others) are all important when you are looking to inspire trust.
Your professional image is dependent on how you carry yourself; interact with others, and the quality of your work. Being aware of your professional image and searching for ways to improve it is a crucial element of a successful career.