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Becoming a Professional. Dr. Diane Finley Diversity 2000 and Beyond Washington DC April 2004. What Does Professional Mean ?. Of, relating to, engaged in, or suitable for a profession: lawyers, doctors, and other professional people.

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becoming a professional

Becoming a Professional

Dr. Diane FinleyDiversity 2000 and BeyondWashington DCApril 2004

what does professional mean
What Does Professional Mean?
  • Of, relating to, engaged in, or suitable for a profession: lawyers, doctors, and other professional people.
  • Conforming to the standards of a profession: professional behavior
professional refers to
Professional refers to
  • How you present yourself
      • Dress, hair, comportment
  • How you present your accomplishments
      • Vita, transcripts, portfolio
professional dress
Professional Dress
  • Dress is important because it is a silent introduction to you. First impressions are primarily nonverbal and dress and hair is a large component of that impression.
  • Professional dress conventions are governed by the industry being discussed.
  • Professional dress projects an image of confidence and success.
dress hair comportment
Dress, Hair, Comportment
  • Why is this important?
  • What does this include?
do s and don ts of dress and hair
Do’s and Don’ts of Dress and Hair
  • Don’t wear clothes that are soiled, not pressed, or in bad condition and shoes that are scuffed and unpolished.
  • Don’t wear clothes with messages such as T-shirts and ties.
  • Don’t wear heavy makeup or too much cologne. Be cautious about body piercing beyond one pair of earrings and tattoos that show.
  • Don’t wear ungroomed or extreme hair styles and colors.
more don ts
More Don’ts
  • Don’t wear clothing too casual for a business environment, such as T-shirt and jeans, halter top and Capri pants, skorts, sweat pants, bare midriffs, etc.
  • Don’t wear pants and skirts that are too tight or too short.
  • Be cautious about bare skin (arms and legs), low-cut blouses, stretch pants, sexy heels and open sandals and shoes, no hose
do s of professional dress
Do’s of Professional Dress
  • Dark color suits (for women, a knee-length skirt is safest) in solids or small patterns; color-coordinated shirts, blouses, shoes, scarves,.
  • Men wear socks that match the hem of their trousers. Women wear natural color hose.
  • Shoes, purses and briefcases are well-polished. Everything should be in perfect condition.
  • Jewelry should enhance, not overwhelm.
websites about dressing for success
Websites about Dressing for Success
vita transcripts portfolio
Vita, transcripts, portfolio
  • Why do I use a vita instead of a resume?
  • What about a portfolio?
what is a resume
What is a Resume?
  • Resume comes from the French word for summary.
  • It is a summary of your educational history, your work experience and your skills.
  • Resumes are usually one page.
  • They are used in the business environment
what is a vita
What is a Vita?
  • Vita comes from the Latin word for life.
  • In academic environments, the curriculum vita takes the place of a resume.
  • The C.V. or vita is a written record of your educational life.
  • The vita is always longer than one page.
what goes in a vita
What goes in a vita?
  • Educational history
  • Professional positions (teaching/research)
  • Memberships in professional organizations
  • Professional activities
  • Grants
  • Conference Presentations
  • Publications
  • Papers submitted but not published/presented
  • Technology Skills
  • Academic References
cover letters
Cover Letters
  • When you send a vita or a resume, you always include a cover letter.
  • The cover letter should be addressed to a specific person.
  • The cover letter should be targeted toward the job or opportunity. It is NEVER generic.
  • Cover letters should be one page.
do s and don ts
Do’s and Don’ts
  • Always be sure there are no typographical errors and that your writing is clear and concise. Every word should count.
  • Make sure the font is readable and spacing is visually pleasing.
  • Use good paper to print it on and use a laser printer.
  • Make sure the staple is neat and in the upper left corner.
  • Have someone proofread your vita.
  • Don’t be creative – the vita should follow conventions.
  • Don’t pad the vita by using wide margins, high school accomplishments or irrelevant items.
  • Don’t list irrelevant personal information.
  • Keep in mind that this is a living document and you will add categories are you go along.
transcripts and portfolios
Transcripts and Portfolios
  • You will get your transcript from your college. Get an unofficial copy to submit with your applications. Check it out for any errors or omissions.
  • Portfolios are more detailed presentations of your experiences. They include sample papers, syllabi and evaluations.
  • Begin to build your vita – participate in psychology organizations at school, volunteer in psychology related organizations.
  • Seek out opportunities – conferences, research, speakers.
  • Keep a journal, listing what you have done, where and who supervised and what you learned that was relevant to psychology
  • Learn to network – the contacts will serve you well.
  • Practice writing a vita – do it on a computer since you will revise it yearly.
  • Enjoy the journey!