The old adage “You only get one chance to make a first impression,” though obvious, holds wisdom. Focus on these three areas to boost your image:
- Professional appearance. In the day of casual work environments, maintaining a professional dress code for yourself can make you stand out in a positive way. Rather than dressing for your current part, imagine the position you ultimately wish to have and dress for it now.
- . Once an art form, written communication has also succumbed to our casual society. With emails, texts and social media, communication can easily become informal. Be more formal in your written . Use complete sentences and follow , including an appropriate subject for each email, a greeting, well-written body, closing and signature with contact information.
- Face-to-face interactions. Don’t hide behind electronic means of communication. Get out there and work your . Look for networking meetings and public speaking opportunities where you can showcase your skills. Expressing yourself clearly and effectively will serve you well.
— Adapted from “Your Image Is You,” Susan Heathfield, www.humanresources.about.com.