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Professionalism in the Digital Age

2019

Professionalism in the Digital Age

Below is an infographic on best practices for maintaining professionalism in a digital age. Learn how to compose a professional document and the top 8 tips for maintaining your professionalism.

 Professionalism in the Digital Age. More and more communication is happening online which makes it difficult to separate personal from professional. Follow the 8 tips below to help you maintain professionalism in the digital age. 1. Check email regularly. Be sure to check your email often. Email is the primary way people will communicate with you. 2. Be concise. make sure what you are trying to say is clear. Avoide using too much detail since it could be misinterpreted or cause confusion. 3. Proofread. Proofread everything you do online. Check you spelling and grammar. Make sure you are using appropriate language. 4. Be respectful. Remember, there is always a real person on the other end of the computer. Be respectful. Reread what you write to make sure you have a positive tone. 5. Avoid Text Talk. Do not use text talk such as "BRB" or "LOL" in your professional writing. Avoid using emojis and writing in capital letters. 6. Communicate. Communicate! If you have a question, are running late, or having difficulties with something be sure to communicate with others. People cannot read your mind. 7. Stop and Think. If something someone sends you makes you angry and upset, before you respond, stop and think. Emails and information can be easily shared with others even if it was sent or posted privately. 8. Consider Your Digital Footprint. Wherever you go an whatever you say online leaves a digital footprint. Think about the type of footprint you want to leave behind. How do you want people to know you?

 

Composing a Professional Document. Creating and sharing material requires you to follow professional standards. Some of these standards are general English rules for writing papers. Consider the following items when you compose a professional document. A name, date, and course name is identified. This may need to be included on a separate cover page. This depends on the requirements. A title is evident and clearly identifies what the document is about. The title may need to be on a separate cover page. This depends on the requirements. There is a clear body of the document that explains and develops your points. An introduction starts off the document which introduces the topic and provides background. A conclusion is evident and closes out what is being discussed in the document. Use page numbers by inserting a Footer in Word to keep track of your pages. Saving a Document. Create a system for saving your work to ensure you are working on the most up-to-date version and that your work is being properly saved. Add version numbers (i.e. Version 1, Version 2, etc.) to your saved document title. Consider using Office 365's online version of Word so your document automatically saves.

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