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CHARLOTTE – Who hasn’t made a dumb mistake at work at some point in their career? Although no one wants to make a dumb mistake, human resources professionals agree that what really matters is how you move past it and avoid repeating it.

Deborah Millhouse, president of CEO Inc. (, which specializes in direct hire placement, temporary staffing and human capital solutions, was recently asked by writer Nancy Mann Jackson to talk about the dumb mistakes people make at work and how to move past them. In Jackson’s article titled “Five Dumb Mistakes Everyone Makes at Work – And How to Deal” on, Millhouse shares that one of the most common mistakes she sees involves lack of professionalism including “wearing inappropriate attire that is too tight or not clean.”

“Dress for the position that you want up the food chain,” Millhouse advises in the article.

The article also mentions unprofessional behaviors such as showing up late for meetings and poor proofing on important documents, which are some other avoidable dumb mistakes that Millhouse sees frequently in various work environments.

“The great Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi advocated that you should show up for every important business meeting 15 minutes ahead of the scheduled meeting time. Dubbed ‘Lombardi Time’, the idea is to ensure that you are on time, and that you have an opportunity to collect your thoughts before the meeting,” says Millhouse. “As for poor proofing of important documents, always have two sets of eyes check documents before they go out.”

Millhouse is a Certified Staffing Professional (CSP) as designated by the American Staffing Association, Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist (CTS) as designated by the National Association of Personnel Services. She was named to the Business Leader Hall of Fame as one of the top entrepreneurs in the Charlotte area, to the list of Business Leader Movers & Shakers and to the Business Leader list of Women Extraordinaire, which recognizes women of extraordinary accomplishment and contribution. She was also named a Women in Business Achievement Award winner by Charlotte Business Journal for significant business accomplishments and was chosen as one of The Mecklenburg Times 50 Most Influential Women, which recognizes the achievement of women who are making a difference in the Charlotte community.

About CEO Inc.

Founded in 1994, CEO Inc. specializes in “Recruiting the BEST for Your Team!” through their full service offering including direct hire placement, temporary staffing, and human capital services. Honors for CEO Inc. include the Charlotte Regional Ethics in Business Award from the Charlotte Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals and being named as one of the Top 25 Charlotte Business Journal Best Places to Work for two consecutive years. CEO Inc. was also named to the North Carolina Business Leader list of Top 100 N.C. Small Businesses. CEO Inc. is ranked No 22 on the Charlotte Business Journal list of Largest Area Temporary Staffing Agencies and No. 10 on the Charlotte Business Journal list of top Contingency Executive Search firms. Additionally, CEO Inc. has been recognized as one of the top 50 diversity-owned businesses, one of the top 50 women-owned businesses and one of the top 100 small businesses in the state of North Carolina by, the nations’ leading multicultural business-to-business online portal.

CEO Inc. is certified as a bona fide Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and as a Women-Owned Business by the City of Charlotte Minority and Women Business Development Office. For more information please visit or call 704-372-4701.

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