Present a Professional Image

Present a Professional Image

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As part of your career tune-up consider ways to present a professional image.  Your image is based on what you wear, what you say and how you act.

What you wear

Make sure that the way you dress reflects the image that you want.  Try to dress as someone the next level up in your organization would dress.  If you dress like the boss, it will be easier for you to become the box.

Focus on wearing conservative attire, dress or slacks, tailored skirts and dresses, ties and suits with appropriate jewelry,scarf or purse.  Make sure you are clean and avoid strong perfumes or smells.  Cover up tattoos and piercings.  Make your image project professionalism.

What you say

Make sure that your words are professional, positive, and help you communicate well.  You don’t want to use slang, swear words, or abbreviations in your speech.  Look for ways to interact in positive ways with your coworkers, boss, and others.  Speak kind words, even while being firm about commitments.

Avoid boasting, back talking about coworkers,  saying that you can do things you really can’t, and negativity.  If you find any of these things slipping into your words, be sure to work to get them out.

Your words can have a lasting impact on your coworkers, so be sure you are leaving a good feeling behind when you finish what you have to say.

How you act

Your actions should also reflect professionalism.  Make it easy for others to interact with you.  Be like an old shoe – comfortable to be around.  Of course, you don’t want to be so comfortable that you start to slouch and not do your work.

Avoid workplace tantrums, hysterics, and confrontations.  Find ways to work through things by communicating well to solve problems.

A professional gets to work early, exceeds work expectations, and gets the job done.  Make yourself know by being the one who does the most work, is most personal to get along with, and works well with others.  These are the ways to earn a promotion!

Look the part you want to be.  Present a professional image through what you wear, what you say and how you act.



Plan to Get Licensed or Certified

Plan to Get Licensed or Certified

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Plan to get licensed or certified. Consider what it takes to be licensed in your field so that you make sure you get the qualifications  to succeed.

An important strategy in tuning up a career is to make a plan to get licensed or certified in order to get the job you desire requires it. Let’s face it, some professions require licensure to ensure that the person practicing the profession has the skills to do the job. Some common professions that require licensing include: medicine, nursing, law, dentistry, teaching, accounting, veterinarian, pharmacists, psychologist, engineer, or architect.  These are the most commonly licensed professions, but certainly not all. Therefore, consider a a profession that you can qualify for by getting a license in order to get a good job.

Do it now!  Don’t delay.  Consider which profession you are interested in so that you can get qualified.

Professions that require a license or certification

Licensed Professions

Once way to decide if you really want to take the time to enter a licensed profession is to take the time to find out  more about certain careers.

Explore a career in nursing.

Explore a career as a pharmacy technician.

Consider a career as an administrative medical assistant.

Explore a career in medical coding.

Explore a career in medical transcription.

Become a veterinary assistant.

Become an optical assistant.

Consider whether to become a physical therapy aide.

Explore a career as a paralegal.


Other times it pays to get certified.  An additional certification may give you a boost over others in your field.

Consider a Certificate in Stress Management.

Certificate in Meditation.

What about a Certificate in Healthy Aging.

Get a Certificate in Food, Nutrition, and Health.

Get a Certificate in Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing.

Explore a Certificate in Integrative Mental Health.

Get a Certificate in Spirituality, Health, and Healing.

What about a Certificate in Healing Environments. or a

Certificate in Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Take the time to explore whether to plan to get licensed or certificated.   Sometimes a license or certification can give you the boost you need in order to step-up your career. After all, you want  to be the one who has a competitive edge when it comes time to get hired.  A license or certificate can be just what you need in order to get that career boost to a new job or promotion.  A few courses, training, and certification can pay big dividends in terms of both job and pay.

What are you waiting for? Do it now and you will soon be enjoying the higher salary that licensed and certified professionals earn.  After all, you will be one of them.

Tune up the Basics

Tune up the Basics

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Tune up the basics and you will strengthen your career.  What are the basics you need to know in the workplace these days?  You need to know business fundamentals, how to use technology, and communication and problem solving skills. Make sure you keep the basics tuned up!

Sometimes the basics change right under your nose and your find yourself a little out of date.  Take the time to be sure your skills get the needed tune-up to stay competitive in the workplace. A little time spent reviewing the basics or taking the class can freshen up your career skills to be sure you continue to stay up to date.

Business Fundamentals

Every business will have its own fundamentals that you need to know to stay up to date.  Here are a few basics you need to know to get ahead in business.


Technology changes and changes rapidly.  Have you kept up with the lasted trends in technology.  Make sure you continue to be the one “in the know” on how to use technology and in doing so you add value to yourself and your career capabilities. After all, employers hire for value.

Communication and Problem Solving

Everyone in the workplace needs to be able to communicate, problem solve, and work in teams.  Are your skills in these areas up to date?  Consider ways you can tune-up these skills to be a role model for others in how to communicate.

Make sure you continue to tune up the basics.  Your career tune-up will ensure that you are the one who has the knowledge and skills to advance on the job.   You need to know business fundamentals, how to use technology, and communication and problem solving skills. Make sure you keep the career basics tuned up!