5 Professional Habits You Need to Advance Your Career

  Posted on February 4, 2016

  Written by Morgan O'Rourke

5 habits of successful professionalsAre you looking to make a big impact in your profession? It all starts with professionalism. Your attitude, appearance, performance, and interactions all play a vital role in the success and longevity of your career. Indeed, professionalism is the bedrock of all thriving careers.

Whether you’re still in school, just starting your career, or already established in the work force, adopting these five professional habits can help you boost the trajectory of your career and find continued success:

1. Dress for the job you want.

How you dress is critical to your success in the workplace. What is the dress code for your company or role? It’s important that you not only follow this dress code, but also look for ways to stand out.

How do your managers and higher-ups dress? TheMuse.com recommends emulating how they dress and how they carry themselves. Being mindful of your appearance will highlight your professionalism and commitment to growing into a larger role.

2. Mind your attitude.

Your actions will affect how your colleagues view you, how your managers treat you, and the opportunities you’re presented with in the future. Having a professional attitude means:

  • Avoiding workplace gossip
  • Communicating in a clear, efficient manner
  • Owning and correcting your mistakes
  • Having an upbeat, positive outlook
  • Offering help to those who need it

Displaying an attitude of interest and dedication to your role, responsibilities, and colleagues will prove beneficial to your professional growth.

3. Stay punctual.

In the working world, being late is inexcusable. Arriving late to work and meetings is not tolerated, and missing deadlines, turning projects in late, and forgetting to reply to an email one too many times will prove detrimental to your job.

Practicing punctual professionalism in all areas of your career will show that you’re:

  • Organized
  • Prepared
  • Trust-worthy
  • Committed
  • On top of your workload
  • Competent in your role and responsibilities

4. Look for leadership opportunities.

Going above and beyond what’s expected of you will set you apart as a leader. TheMuse.com points out that people who want to get ahead in their career don’t wait for leadership opportunities to come to them. Instead, they see where a leader is needed and take charge. Look for ways to:

  • Help a colleague(s) improve his or her skills
  • Improve inefficiencies around the workplace
  • Take on more responsibility
  • Boost team morale
  • Deliver more effective solutions to your clients or patients

5. Never stop learning.

Do you want to advance your career? Become an expert in your field? Be viewed as a leader? Professionals who want to make an impact and grow their career never stop learning and perfecting their craft.

Focus on your growth by staying on top of company updates, industry updates, best practices, and new advancements. By educating yourself, you’ll be viewed as a resource and innovative thinker in an ever-changing professional world.