When I started my professional career, I was 22. I was 22 with an MBA and a quasi-management type position where most of the people who "reported" to me were almost twice my age (or more). I have always believed it is super important to look and act professional. It helps with your career growth and advancement - and at the very least, it can never harm your growth and advancement.
The Inc.com article by Bill Murphy, Jr. makes it look easy and I am happy to say that a lot of the things I see on the list are things I try to espouse on a daily basis. Being confident and realistic are two big ones. I am super confident and love to push myself but I also have a clear sense of reality and what is doable, and what is not doable. And I definitely love the curiosity entry - I agree that no one ever should stop learning. I know that learning is what makes me happy and it is why teaching is such a passion of mine - when I am teaching, I learn more from my students than they can ever learn from me.
What do you think of the simple habits below? Do you naturally have some of these habits? If yes, which ones? Does it help your career to look / be professional? Let me know in the comments below. Happy Hunting!
17 Simple Habits That Make You Look More Professional
Lisa Vento Nielsen