Get Your Foot in the Door

Wes Craven


Don’t Be Unprofessional at Work


Regardless of how long you’ve been working at one place, it’s REALLY important to still keep things professional, especially if you’ve got your eye on that upcoming promotion or big cash money bonus.

We’re all prone to picking up a few bad habits, but be sure to check yourself so you don’t wreck yourself by ensuring you haven’t settled into any of these unprofessional habits on the regular:

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1. Showing up late

Making it to your 9am meeting everyday at 9:05? Sure, it’s only 5 minutes and probably not a big deal in the millennial world, but believe it or not, people notice.

If you’re running late once in a blue moon – don’t worry. It happens to everyone every now and then. Just don’t be the person that everyone knows will always show up late.

Make an effort to make it to your meetings on time, and to the office – even if it means you have to leave your house just 10 minutes earlier.

2. Complaining

You’ve got a really big work load and you’re tired and you’re hungry – we know! …And, we feel you!

BUT, the moment you start telling the entire office floor how hard you have it – you’re spreading the negativity.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed at work there are plenty of ways to deal with it, but complaining to your co-workers shouldn’t be one of them.

Don’t be unprofessional, and don’t be a Christina the Complainer. Just get the work done and vent to your BFF over half priced bottles of wine.

3. Interrupting

No one, and we repeat NO ONE, appreciates an interrupter.

And you know just the kind of person we’re talking about: the know-it-all, lack of social awareness individual that meddles their way into sentences – before you can even finish your thought.

No one wants to be girl interrupted – so just simmer down and let that person finish speaking. It’s way more respectful, and a lot easier than it may seem.

4. Gossiping

Along with Christina the Complainer, you know who no one else likes? A Susie Shittalker.

And, that’s just the kind of stuff that’ll catch up to you in your career.

Sure, it’s crazy news that Bry in Billin’ got let go, and that Jennifer picked a totally non-worthy person for the promotion which is SO unfair.

…But really, who cares?

Talking smack at work never leads to any good, so avoid it by all means and leave the conversation the moment you feel it going there.

5. Over-promising and under-delivering

You gotta walk the talk, baby. If you’re going to claim that you’ll have the perfect business case built by EOD Thursday and we only see that doc come through the following Monday – then girl, we’ve got a problem.

The worst thing you can do is talk up a huge game and not deliver on it. It shows poor reliability, low ability to execute, and if you keep doing it – no one’s going to believe a word you say.

Better option? Give yourself some buffer room. For example: Commit to getting it done by Thursday (Actually knowing you should be done by Tuesday) and send it over early. Nothing like impressing the big boss with an early handover!

6. Putting off the small stuff

So you’re a big shot that’s super busy, which means emails and small things don’t matter… well you’re wrong!

If you think ignoring emails and never getting the “small stuff” done reflects well on you, it doesn’t.

Sure – priorities are super important when you’ve got a lot on the go, but it’s important to set aside a bit of time each day (maybe 30 minutes in the morning, or 30 minutes EOD) to check your emails and respond to those that merit acknowledgement or a response.

Again, reliability people. Even senior execs who are arguably the most busy around, with all-day meetings, travel plans, and more, have time to promptly respond to emails as needed.

7. Dressing Inappropriately

Long gone are the days of perfectly hemmed skirts, tailored suits, and “strict business” attire. Most office settings are now moving towards a casually dressed environment to mimic the trend of the agile and hip start-up scene.

But hey – casual does not mean weekend casual.

Though we love a good pair of ripped jeans (and would argue this could actualllly be rocked in the office if paired appropriately — but that’s a whole diff conversation), casual dress code definitely don’t mean:

  • Showing off some cleavage with low cut tops
  • Giving everyone a sneak peek of those chiseled (and hard earned) abs with a crop top
  • Flaunting an apparently “inappropriate” amount of leg 9-5
  • Flip Flops. So comfy, but so not professional.

You still want to look well put together, classy, clean and professional, so don’t let what you’re wearing defer from your reputation / capability of doing the job.

Overwhelmed by the thought of being on your professional game? Just remember: if you can stay alive 9-5, Friday is always at most, only 5 days away. 🙂

This Is the Profession People Trust the Most

People want to have faith in the products they buy, the people they employ, and the information they read. Having a good reputation is a big part of that trust. In the workplace, some professions are more reputable than others. A Gallup Poll gave a rating for 20 occupations in terms of honesty and ethical standards. More than 80 percent of people rated nurses as the professionals they trust most.

This isn’t the first time nurses topped the poll—in fact, they’ve been consistently ranking at the top for 17 years. Medical professionals are trusted more across the board, Forbes reports. So the next two most trusted professions are doctors and pharmacists, respectively. The poll asked people to rate all the professions as highly honest and ethical, average, low, or no opinion.

The next most trusted professionals are high school teachers, police officers, accountants, funeral directors, and members of the clergy. The following are journalists, building contractors, bankers, real estate agents, labor union leaders, and lawyers. At the bottom of the pack are business executives, stockbrokers, advertising practitioners, telemarketers, car salespeople, and members of Congress. Only 8 percent of people view car salespeople and members of Congress as honest and ethical.

Although the list changes from year to year, many professions like nurses are regular repeats. In fact, the only time nurses didn’t top this list since their 1999 addition was in 2001. Firefighters topped the list that year after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Pharmacists and clergy members were also frequently the most highly-rated professionals for their ethics before 1999, per the poll. Some of these rankings make sense, while others might be a bit surprising.

1 Salary Secret Hiring Managers Wish They Could Tell You (But Never Will)

The more you know, the more salary you can probably get.

The interview process can be hairy enough. But if you survive and all goes well, there may be an offer letter in your future.

The next phase is where things can quickly turn opaque. Who throws out the first number? Should you negotiate your offer? If you ask for too much, could your offer be rescinded? (Short answer: No.)

While the hiring process differs at every organization, there are a few inside-baseball tricks of the trade. One of them comes from Omer Molad, who is the founder and CEO of AI hiring platform Vervoe. Molad told Glassdoor one of the insider recruiter secrets is about negotiating your salary.

How companies determine the first salary offer.

Molad offers insight into what’s happening when an offer is prepared. Most organizations have a salary band or range for a particular role. The first offer is typically somewhere on the lower end of that range. That means there’s some wiggle room.

Even after their first offer, many organizations are prepared to pay more for the role. But you need to ask for it. Molad says many companies could have gone higher if candidates had only negotiated.

In sum: Don’t leave money on the table. See if there’s any more budgeted for your role. Negotiate.

The con position: When not to negotiate.

That said, there are a wealth of reasons not to negotiate your salary. Interview and hiring expert Suzy Welch feels strongly about this recommendation: If the offer is 10-15 percent within the salary range you were hoping for, then take it. Skip negotiating entirely. The little bump you get could have unintended consequences.

In some cases, playing the hardball negotiation game could damage your reputation — and that’s before you’ve even started the job. If you think you deserve more, you can always ask for a raise six months in after you’ve proven your value. Be sure to keep track of your accomplishments from day one so you’re prepared.

“I’m not saying be passive,” Welch reiterates. “I’m saying be strategic. Go in with good will, do a great job, and in the long run you’ll see the real reward.”

Research finds an increase in people negotiating their salaries.

Still not sure if you should negotiate? Know this: A higher number of professionals report negotiating their salary this year compared to last. So feel free to use the “everyone’s doing it” excuse.

Over the last year, 55 percent of professionals tried to negotiate a higher salary, according to survey results just released by staffing firm Robert Half. In 2018, only 39 percent of respondents said they had negotiated. That’s a 16-point jump. Professionals aged 18-to-35 were the most likely to negotiate; 65 percent said they did.

70 percent of senior managers expect candidates to negotiate.

Robert Half also asked senior managers this question: When hiring staff, do you expect candidates to negotiate salary? A whopping 70 percent said yes. Knowing that your future boss doesn’t expect you to accept the first offer could help alleviate some of your negotiation hangups.

Remember, this doesn’t have to be painful. People get hired for jobs all the time. And if this is the right organization and job for you, you should be able to come to a mutually beneficial agreement.