Dressing For Success
Like many job seekers, you may think that looking good on paper is all it takes to get hired, especially with Internet applications becoming the norm. But the way you present yourself to potential employers when you meet them largely affects whether or not you get the job. Yes, a firm handshake is necessary.
But that's only the start. To ensure career success, you must dress the part of the professional that you are. Follow these steps to dress for the interview and beyond.
Wear Appropriate And Modest Clothing
While it may be okay to wear a low-cut V-neck to a night out on the town, it's far from being an appropriate attire for the office. Practice modesty. You'll impress your potential employer and ensure that they feel comfortable interviewing you.
Refrain from wearing anything that is too low cut or too tight. Your shirt should show very little to no cleavage, and your skirt should hit your knee. It's okay to wear a skirt without stockings, but it's wise to cover up.
When You're In Doubt, Overdress
If your co-workers wear casual attire, that's their choice. However, it's likely holding them back from advancing further or receiving promotions. Stand out in a good way by overdressing for the job. If possible, take note of what management wears and try to style your clothing according to their formality.
If you look assertive and professional, you'll be treated as such. If your attire is on par with that of the higher-ups in the company, they're more likely to think highly of you. In turn, you'll be in a favorable position for a promotion. Of course, a professional is only part of the equation. Ensure that both the quality of your work and your appearance are excellent to fast track your career.
Wear The Right Shoes To Work
Women are generally encouraged to wear heels to work. However, appropriate heels for work are different than the ones you'd wear to a night out on the town. Heels that are 2.5" to 3.5" are considered appropriate. If you're in a creative environment, you can likely go as high as four inches. But avoid shoes that go over the five-inch mark in all office environments.
Solid colors are standard. Avoid patterned, glittery shoes with all of the bells and whistles. As with any other attire, conservative is best.
Always Show Up Properly Groomed
When entering a professional workplace, you must look like a professional. Therefore, your hair should be tamed, and your fingernails should be clean and well-groomed. Body odor should be reduced and controlled.
For men, get a haircut regularly and comb your hair every morning before work. Shave your face and ensure that your fingernails are clean. As for the ladies, consider blowing your hair straight and curling it with an iron or donning a chic updo, like a chignon. And of course, where makeup is concerned, less is more.
You want the management in your company to take you seriously. Your attire must show them that you're skilled enough to be in their shoes eventually. When in doubt, overdress.
You can also opt to dress conservatively. Make sure that your dress is appropriate, and your work is top-notch. This way, you're sure to get noticed at the office for all the right reasons.