Appraisers go happily along, doing their best to exemplify the high standards that promote the public trust.  Unfortunately, almost all (myself included) wait until the last minute to do our license/certification renewal courses.  Some are frantically waiting to snatch the completion certificate out of the instructor’s hand, and speed to over-night or drive it to the state appraisal board.  I understand the need to stagger the renewal licensing of thousands of appraisers, to a few each month, to prevent over-whelming the licensing agency.  However, let us not forget that the licensing process is set-up for the convenience of the licensing …

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What is Professionalism?

Posted on March 12, 2013
Rita

Professionalism is defined as a “person engaged or qualified in their field, an expert, someone certified in an area of their profession”. The word “professional” is tossed around a lot. Everyone has their own image and their own definition of what the word professionalism means to them. Companies have in writing and policy how professionalism is defined and should be demonstrated within that company. The following are universal agreements on the subject of professionalism within most industries: Always performing to the best of your abilities in every aspect of your career is at the top of the list. This may …

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How to Dress for Professional Success

Posted on October 18, 2012
Rita

What is professional dress in this global melting pot we live in? We need to remember “when in Rome, do as the Romans”. That being said, the information below is with the agreement we are in the United States of America and therefore, my suggestions on professional dress would be for the office personnel residing in the USA. Many companies are requesting an informative and direct approach to employee dress. It has changed considerably over the years as our society has become more and more casual. Even while attending our churches, synagogues, the dress has taken more of a weekend …

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Netiquette and Teliquette

Posted on July 11, 2012
Rita

Telephone etiquette and internet etiquette via e-mail are actually hot topics right now as many believe the use of e-mail and cell phones have brought into the business environment a loss of good manners. E-mailing is as important as live phone conversations in today’s companies and many employers are losing customers, leads and dollars due to poorly handled e-mails. One can have their character, performance and intelligence pre-determined by the way they write, reply and use e-mail communication. Let’s start with the basics of e-mail. There must be a subject line that demonstrates the core meaning of your e-mail message. …

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Change

Posted on January 26, 2012
Rita

“To make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone.” – Dictionary.reference.com Why do people resist change? An article I recently read stated “we resist change when it occurs without our permission”. Change is inevitable and change is often out of our hands. In the changing world we live in, the change in technology is out of our control but we must comply to stay current. If one is not changing with technology, research, trends, then generally one is not growing. And the pace and …

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