Professional Presence

 "Professional Presence" is a phrase that's tossed around a lot during a strategic job search, but most graduate students don't understand how the term applies to them. Here's what you need to know: professional presence refers to your ability to project a sense of poise and confidence in your work and work outcomes. It's a way of presenting yourself that creates an impression of power, credibility and competence. And, when it comes to landing a coveted position, it's the key to distinguishing yourself from the rest of the research superstars.

When In Doubt, Ask!

It's important to be aware of your professional presence and its effect on you and on those with whom you interact. Professional presence includes:

  • Your speech, posture, and dress
  • Your knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • Your work ethic
  • Your ability to communicate with and relate to others 

Ask for feedback from people you trust and respect—you'll gain perspective and a new insight into how you can improve!