“A professional who doesn’t deliver as committed is not just lazy, he is a liar.”
― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words
You are supposed to be good at what you do, if you are not able (or willing) to deliver the service or goods you are hired to provide… You are just a waste of money and space.
Professionalism finds it origin in the Latin term professionem, which originally means: “the making of a public declaration”.
Once it is applied to work related situation, it means ‘professing to be skilled’.
And that is exactly what you are doing when you set out to find a job. While surfing the web or browsing the job ads, you are looking for a position that suits your skills and education.
By sending in your Curriculum vitae, you are professing that your skills, knowledge and perhaps experience are making you the right person for the job!
“Congratulations, you got the job!”
Great, You succeeded in convincing the employer that you have the tools to get the job done, and they want you on board.
Does this make you a professional? Not quite yet, you have only ‘declared to be skilled’.
You just ‘Talked the talk…’
‘Walk the walk’…
While skill, knowledge and experience are the first steps towards a professional career, they are pretty ineffective without the right application.
The first days of a new job, especially your first, you are full of fire and eager to make a difference. You might even feel this company is in dire need of your assistance.
But as the days go by, the given tasks feel very simple and repetitive, ‘anyone can do this job’… you feel like your supervisor does not fully trust you… And the bright fire starts to fade.
Wake up! This is your moment, your chance to prove yourself!
Every task assigned to you, is an opportunity for you to show your attitude, reliability and competence.
Depending on the nature of the task, you will be in a position to demonstrate different aspects of your personality, values and work ethic.
And although many people could have done the job, only a few could have done it like you. And even if you think it did not matter, it did not go unnoticed.
‘Too much Talk’…
Let’s talk about the unprofessional (do not mistake them with the amateurs).
At first, they are hard to spot, but once you look closer, you see how dangerous they can be for you and the company you work in.
Very often you will notice that they are extremely present, using masquerade to take over the spotlight, in an effort to preserve the illusion that they are working up to their potential. They would normally also be the same people who go out of their way to dim the light on others, using a series of manipulative ploys and gossip, in order to win the favour of some at the expense of others. But it’s only a matter of time till facts catch up with them, and their true colours come shining through.
Their assigned tasks will be incomplete, too late or not done at all. They have been treating co-workers and clients disrespectfully. Schemes and lies come to light…
When confronted with these facts, they lash out like cornered rats. Firing a series of ‘blame shots’ towards the people around them in an attempt to avoid responsibility and not to be held accountable for their shortfalls.
But if there is no egg under the clucking hen… The hen is of no use to the farmer.
‘Walk this way’…
As I pointed out in the previous section, skills, knowledge, and even experience are not enough to show your professionalism.
You must jump at every chance you get to demonstrate your worth by completing the tasks at your best possible capabilities. Your attitude, personality, values, reliability and trustworthiness will not go unnoticed.
Combined with Honesty, Respect and Positivity you improve your chances to build a positive reputation for yourself. All in all, it will only positively influence your position in the company, which mostly results into receiving better and challenging assignments that you will enjoy. And most of all, you will increase your confidence, self-esteem and dignity.