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Originally Posted On: https://www.bbntimes.com/companies/how-to-improve-your-professional-standing
Even if we’re in gainful employment, refining your professional standing can provide you an edge to get a better position within your company.
Having this sense of personal potential can help us weigh up our options, perhaps considering positions elsewhere with more compensation to hand, or to ensure we’re prepared if we were to ever go freelance.
Bettering your professional standing in the small ways can, for the most part, help you feel more confident in yourself. It can also raise your personal value should you hope to take your experience and apply it to something new. Sometimes, just sometimes, it may also be a reward to help you invest back into yourself. After all, our careers are personal to us, not necessarily tied to any one company or any one goal, and so curating that versatility can be a good thing.
With our advice, you’ll have food for thought in this direction. Please consider:
The Car You Drive
While ‘flexing’ as a working professional is hardly going to impress those with substance, it can be that showing you have taste and are willing to invest in a worthwhile venture can be a great means to enhance your image. For instance, purchasing a Vauxhall Corsa-e Electric Car will show that you are willing to invest in the future of automotive technology, contributing to worthwhile and ethical standards, always considering how they relate to the environment. But of course, decisions like this also show your professional insight, allowing you to focus on practicality over ‘showboating.’ This in itself can be a great habit to get into, something that many executives fail to recognize.
The Apparel You Wear
How you present yourself is often intimately tied with how people respond to you. If you wear cargo shorts and stained polo shirts to work, for instance, people will either assume you’re a sloppy, casual worker or an eccentric billionaire who has transcended fashion, and we all know which one is the most likely. It’s not a bad thing to invest in your professional wardrobe, even if you prefer to dress in a practical, simple manner that allows you to blend into your environment. Just make sure your clothes are in good condition, fit well, and help you comfortably experience your day with care.
The Presence You Curate
A professional is often best presented in the little things, the things that help them create a lasting impression. Remembering people’s names, being able to shake hands firmly and with care, looking someone in the eye and not being afraid of firm discourse are simple measures, but well-practiced they can help you inspire confidence in everything you express. Don’t underestimate how useful these talents can be to learn. Practice them to the extent you can. You’re sure to notice a difference.
With this advice, we hope you can better your professional standing to no uncertain degree.