In business attitude is everything. It’s a fiercely competitive world out there and people who have great attitudes together with excellent skills get hired more often. Over the years, I’ve had to deal with a lot of unprofessional people and I can tell you first-hand that they don’t last very long. Nobody wants to have to deal with anyone who is rude, unreliable or sloppy. There are plenty of people out there looking for work which means everyone is replaceable. Let’s look at some ways that you can improve your attitude and become more professional.
- Answer emails as soon as possible and always follow through. If you have told someone you are going to call them at 10am, do it. Show people that you are 100% reliable.
- Be friendly and professional at all times. Treat customers with the utmost respect and put them first. In this day and age businesses that have a customer-centric approach are more successful. Be part of the solution every step of the way.
- Avoid office gossip. Socialise but walk away from negative talk and don’t be guilty of spreading rumours about anyone. You have no idea how much damage this can cause to your professional reputation.
- Always be on time. In fact, be 10 – 15 minutes early. Nothing says unprofessional like arriving late for work or meetings.
- Dress professionally. Just because you work in the film industry doesn’t mean you can look like a hippy or a student. People who dress professionally gain more respect and get taken more seriously.
- Be careful what you share on social media. Potential employers will always do a background social media check on you so if you have controversial posts or photographs, they may negatively affect your chances of landing work. Or they may even get you fired.
- Always be sharpening your saw. This means you should never stop studying. Register for short home-study courses that you can do in the evenings and on the weekends. The more you arm yourself with knowledge and skills, the faster you will be promoted.
- Treat your job like it’s your own business. If you “own” your job and care about every aspect of the business, you will climb the ladder very fast. You will stand out from other employees who watch the clock and do the minimum required of them.
- Get involved. Volunteer to manage office events, meetings, etc. The more involved you become in your company’s culture, the more you will be appreciated.
- Anything that goes out to clients should be 100% professional. That means using spell check! You represent your company any time you deal with clients so make sure you represent the company in the most professional way possible.
Want to learn to become more professional in your filmmaking career? Auteur Film School offers fantastic home-study courses in filmmaking. Drop us an email and we’ll send you a prospectus.
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About the writer:
Amour Setter is an award-winning filmmaker, international producer, and principal of Auteur Film School.