Life After College
Life After College
If you want a successful career, you must behave professionally. As you transition
from a campus environment to a more formal workplace, your behavior should shift as
well. Use these etiquette tips to ensure your success:
Check for spelling and grammar errors. An extra thirty seconds could save you a lot of embarrassment!
Get to the point. Your coworkers may read hundreds of emails daily. You can still be friendly, just be friendly and succinct.
Create thoughtful subject lines. Be specific – it saves time. A precise subject line also makes it easier to search for an email later.
Never write anything you wouldn’t want your entire company to read. Don’t assume your emails are private. Always think twice before you hit “send.”
- Every office is different. Learn your company’s dress code and follow it. When in doubt, strive to emulate your supervisors.
- Don’t dress casually for flights. Dressing for comfort makes sense for personal travel, but on a business trip you might meet important contacts mid-flight or attend a meeting soon after you land.
- No backpacks. A backpack suits college life perfectly, but professional life demands an equally professional bag or briefcase.
- We all love the smell of freshly popped popcorn …in a movie theater or living room. Avoid preparing smelly foods in an office setting.
- Be mindful of noise. Take personal calls, speaker calls and loud conversations away from workstations so as not to disturb your coworkers.
- Clean up. Don’t leave dirty dishes in the office kitchen sink. Don’t litter on company property. Help your coworkers clean up after a meeting.
Arrive on time. If you must arrive late or leave early, inform people ahead of time.
Be prepared. If you’re leading, prepare agendas, plan for technology failures and anticipate questions. If you’re attending, know the agenda ahead of time and be ready to take notes.
Contribute. Speak up at meetings when it is appropriate to do so. Collaboration is an important part of the business world and your input has value.