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  • Aly Seidel-Thorn 1:31 pm on August 12, 2013 Permalink
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    What to Wear? 

    My supervisor wears polo shirts, the VP of my department wears dresses, and one of the other interns wears ball caps. It can be near impossible to understand the “business casual” look, especially for women. How short can your skirt be? How high is too high of a heel? It’s 90 degrees out, do I seriously have to wear a bolero with this dress? Here are a few tips on how to navigate that tricky professional work wear.

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    • Julia Beyer 7:06 pm on August 27, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for your tips, Aly. I am including a link to this in the SOC Spot Newsletter.

  • Brittany Horowitz 2:04 am on March 20, 2012 Permalink
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    Common Mistakes Made by Interns 

    After having a handful of internships throughout my college career, I have gained a lot of knowledge on what is appropriate behavior and what should be avoided in the professional world. I sometimes forget that there are students who have never interned before, or who have never worked in an office environment before, so they are unaware of the damaging mistakes they are making from day one. Here are some of my tips for great office etiquette:

    Dress appropriately: What exactly does “appropriately” even mean? It means, if you look in the mirror in the morning and ask yourself, “Hmm, is this okay for work?” then don’t wear it. Don’t wear it if it’s too short/too casual/too wrinkled/too old/too tight – the list goes on. No one says that you need to go out and buy an entire new wardrobe in order to look appropriate for your job. Not everyone can afford that. As long as you look like you put effort into your appearance and didn’t just roll out of bed, then I think you’re in the clear. Take note of what others wear in your office, and then dress similarly. If it’s business casual, then go for it. Just make sure you never look out of place.

    Put the cell phone down (and on silent): You weren’t hired to text all day. If that were the case, then every college student would be qualified for your position. Prove to your bosses that you care about your role in the office, and leave your text messages for your lunch break or after you leave the office. You don’t want to become known as, “That intern who was always on their phone.” It’s unprofessional to focus on your private life when you are supposed to be focusing on your work. If there is an actual personal emergency that you need to take care of, then step outside and take your phone call. Lastly, put your phone on silent. No one wants to hear your ringer go off throughout the day. Vibrate counts too. Sometimes, that is even louder and annoying.

    Don’t be late: I cringe at the thought of someone walking into the office late. It’s even worse when they are casual about it and don’t realize how unprofessional their behavior really is. Being on time is not that difficult. It’s all about time management. It is one thing if you’re accidently late because of uncontrollable circumstances, such as delays on the Metro or a personal emergency; however, Starbucks being really crowded during your morning coffee run or snoozing your alarm seven times do not count as valid excuses. If you make a habit out of being late, then your boss will make a habit out of leaving you out of important office projects. It’s only fair. Being late shows that you do not care about being professional, and why should such behavior be rewarded? It’s the little things that really reflect your attitude towards your job. Don’t mess this one up.


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