About to start a new job? Looking for work?
We send messages constantly—through our body language, actions, what we carry with us and what we wear. Being aware of the messages you send is the first step in learning how to build an image of professionalism that will assure others that you are capable, competent, and right for the job.
This book is written for students, new graduates, job seekers or anyone looking to fulfill their professional goals. This book will help you discover how others perceive you when you make a first impression, and will show you how to ensure that the world sees you the way you want it to.
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Topics include: what to wear to work, accountability, taking initiative, 9 key things employers are looking for in an employee, what “professionalism” means and how to have it, and much more.
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When I applied for my first job about 26 years ago, it was pretty obvious what an employer expected from me. But times have changed and what was taboo years ago is okay today so that the lines are blurred when it comes to work expectations. Jennifer Swanson, an expert in the field of communications and human relations has written a nifty book or perhaps I should call it a manual on how to stand out and shine in your new job.
She covers everything from attitude, dress code, verbal and non-verbal communication, work ethic and managing stress and conflicts. I’ve worked in many fields, mainly psychological and medical, and I found this book very informative and ideal for any young man or woman starting to work. There are things that weren’t an issue back in my day, such as tatoos, cell phones and social media, that are a big part of today’s lifestyle. If a kid hasn’t been taught that there should be no cell phones at the dinner table, then why wouldn’t that same kid a few years later be checking his phone during a business meeting?
Swanson covers what my generation might consider common sense, but that a lot of young men and women of this generation might not know. Yes, it’s good to know what is appropriate work attire, but Swanson, in her lively and friendly writing style, shows new employees what it truly means to be professional, which includes being honest and owning up to one’s mistakes. It gives motivation for a young one to succeed and develop assertiveness. These are valuable work ethics that all can apply, not just young workers.
This book is a true gem and should be included in a work ethics class in high school, college or university. It would be an invaluable tool for any government employment agency and organizations that train and help youth prepare for the work field. If you’re a parent with kids who are actively job hunting or newly hired, this is the perfect book to get them on the right road to a long and healthy work life.
~ Laura Fabiani, Library of Clean Reads