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10 Things That Make You Seem Unprofessional

Peter Bernik

Thanks to, here is a list of 10 things that make you seem unprofessional.

  1. Showing up late or calling out sick a lot. – This is one of my biggest pet peeves when it come to co-workers. And the worst is when it comes to being late you hear “I started getting ready early.” Doesn’t matter, show up every day, and show up on time.
  2. Complaining about every little thing. – It’s one thing to get irritated by things at work. Chance are, there are going to be a lot. Just don’t bitch about it all.
  3. Asking too many questions. – I’m a firm believer that there is no such thing as a stupid question, but there is such a thing as too many questions. One of the things I’ve always looked for when it comes to an employee I might be hiring is how are their problem solving skills. Yes, I want someone to be able to ask questions, but if you want to make it far, be able to find an answer on your own.
  4. Being messy. – I once worked with a guy who had a disgusting desk. Looked like a tornado hit it. And everyone always said “But he knows where everything is”. Bulls***. I constantly saw him getting mixed up or turning in the wrong paperwork because his desk was a clusterf***.
  5. Being arrogant. – There’s a difference between confidence and cockiness. Chances are if you have to brag about your work performance, your performance isn’t that good.
  6. Bragging. – This one can really be wrapped up with the last one.
  7. Not dressing up for work. – I’ve gotten complaints before about how I dress for work. People apparently don’t realize that one of the reasons I got into radio was you don’t have to be in a suit and tie every day. That and no drug tests.
  8. Getting too personal. – It’s one thing to be friends with those at work, but know that there are boundaries.
  9. Being loud while those around you are working. – I’ve never really had to deal with this. One of the joys of radio is being able to listen to music in a studio as loud as you want.
  10. Swearing all the time. – I always heard “talk in the office like you’re talking to your mom”. That doesn’t really work for me though, because it’s rather unedited talking to my mom.

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