I could always swear I knew how to be friends with my colleagues outside work and not let that distract us during work hours. I can even remember dishing out advice on one or two occasions on how to balance work friendships, talk about giving advice one can’t follow. You know, most things are easier said than done. Wait, I still insist I know when and how to draw the line.

Okay I thought I did. Confused much. Well, this is me admitting my lack of a soft skill I want to have so badly – professionalism. Wikipedia defines soft skills as “a combination of interpersonal people skills, social skills, communication skills, character traits, attitudes, career attributes, social intelligence and emotional intelligence quotients among others that enable people to effectively navigate their environment, work well with others, perform well, and achieve their goals with complementing hard skills.”

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Contrary to popular opinion, I actually do admit I’m wrong sometimes. To make up for my low level of professionalism, I decided to go online and read articles on it and other soft skills. Professionalism is the competence or skill expected of a professional. According to prezi.com, professionalism does not mean wearing a suit or carrying a briefcase; it means conducting oneself with responsibility, integrity, accountability, and excellence. It means communicating effectively and appropriately and always finding a way to be productive. You can read more on that here.

I also found other great articles on professionalism:

http://www.skillsurvey.com/soft-skills-spotlight-on-professionalism/

http://leadershipdevelopments.com/soft-skills-professionalism/

https://www.livecareer.com/career-tips/career-advice/professionalism

http://www.indianapolisrecorder.com/business/article_36d05298-7b96-11e6-8226-033c365dab07.html

http://smallbusiness.chron.com/10-characteristics-professionalism-708.html

 

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