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Professionalism in an Inter-Connected World!

In today’s age of social networking and open forums, professionalism now encompasses much more than just how you conduct yourself at the office.  We are all inter-connected through social networking websites, blogs, chatrooms, online forums and other forms of media.  Anything you post on the internet can potentially be seen by anyone, including current or future employers, so use caution and common sense when using the internet and always conduct yourself in a professional manner. Here is a great article on how your online conduct can impact your professional career: How social media can cost you your job!

So what does ‘professionalism’ mean exactly?  Here are a few examples on how to conduct yourself online and offline:

  1. Be respectful of all individuals and communities with which you interact online.
  2. Be polite and respectful of other opinions, even in times of heated discussion and debate.
  3. A professional looks, speaks and dresses like a professional. An amateur is sloppy in appearance and speech.
  4. Respect copyright, privacy, financial disclosure and other applicable laws when publishing on social media platforms.
  5. A professional learns every aspect of the job. An amateur skips the learning process whenever possible.
  6. A professional jumps into difficult assignments. An amateur tries to get out of difficult work.
  7. A professional produces more than expected. An amateur produces just enough to get by.

source: Tips for Success.org and article:Acceptable Use of Social Networking Sites

Today’s job market is much more competitive than previous years. Many employers are using social networking sites to narrow down a list of candidates for a position.  They look for examples of character and professionalism in determining who they will hire.  Some of the examples listed above, may be exactly what your next employer is looking for in their ideal candidate – so be mindful of what you post and ask yourself this question: Will you make the grade?

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