Professional Image

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In today's politically correct climate, we are not to give any credence to the fact that people discriminate against others because of their appearance. Unfortunately, in this politically correct world, perception is reality. Corporations of all sizes “spacious and small” conduct an extended process to build a company's image and establish a satisfactory report with its customers. They also spend millions of dollars each year planning how to protect that image. Therefore, it is vital for employees and managers alike to be aware at all times to uphold their professional image because their image projects the image and success of the companies they work for. Equipping first-time work force entrants and existing business men and women with knowledge of this topic are essential, because provided is the do's and do not’s of constructing and maintaining a professional image to ensure their individual success in the job market. This report will explain the importance of being professional in the business world as well as cover the following topics on how to construct a professional image: work attire, wardrobe selection, and business etiquette. Each topic will point out commonly overlooked problems pertaining to projecting a professional image and including recommendations on how to remedy each problem. Communication with difficult coworkers is a topic that gets researched. Several articles relevant to the topic of constructing a professional image are available online. Thomsett (1991) discusses in "The Little Black Book of Business Etiquette guidelines on how to communicate a professional image with the use of proper dress code. Wardrobe do's and do not’s along with recommendations are in an online journal article by Eastern Unive... ... middle of paper ... ...omed, calm demeanor), responsibility, dependability, dedication, self-confidence, and integrity/moral character (Lantos). If students lack in these qualities, it would automatically set them at a tremendous disadvantage for obtaining that entry-level point that positions them for future success. References Beckham, Julie. Protecting a professional image for your company. (12-06-07) [Online] Fetto, John. Dress Code U.S. Corporations reinstituting the business dress policies. [Online] Thomsett, M.C. (1991). The little black book of business etiquette. New York, NY: American Management Association. Zawada, Z. (2006, April 23). Tymoshenko tries to change her anti-business image. The Ukrainian Weekly, p. 1, 30.

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