First impressions are important for a variety of different reasons. If you are currently looking for a job or intend to apply to for a position in the near future, first impressions are generally a tool you can use to your advantage. It may not get you the job, but a powerful professional appearance is a sure fire way to boost your self-esteem and give you additional confidence. Your professional image is constantly being evaluated especially when meeting with a new employer. Professional people should always dress for the job they want and not the job that they hope to obtain. If you are applying for an office job then your clothing and grooming sets the tone to the people around you. People calculate a personal opinion in the first 30 seconds of meeting someone. While this opinion may change over time, it is within this time frame that you can use your image and appearance to your advantage. This will in turn help people to regard you more favorably. If are dressed appropriately for the occasion, then you send a direct message to your co-workers and potential employer that says, “I pay close attention to the details.” Having this attitude is sure to reflect your behavior, mannerisms, tone of speech and body language. Pay close attention to your clothing, grooming and follow these simple 5 steps to dress for success.
- Give more then what is expected of yourself from your potential employer. Select an outfit that suits the identity of the company. Know who their clients are and familiarize yourself with the brand and the people that run the company. When selecting an image, consider these factors and decide what would be suitable. Once that is established, select something unique whether a tie, socks or something that adds personality to your attire. Wear clothing that best unites one voice instead of wearing things that promotes unnecessary misconceptions. Express your individuality in an effective way but avoid advertising personal opinion. Project a motivating image to your potential employer clean and polished look. Stay groomed and reframe from exploiting tattoos and uncombed hair! You should also have separate garments that you wear specifically for work and not out. This will help to maintain the integrity of the fabric and the structure of the garment.
- Coordinate your clothing properly. Match clothes by color and fabric for the appropriate season. Don’t wear summer khaki pants in the middle of fall with a tweed blazer. After getting dressed in the morning, give yourself a final check in the mirror. In a professional environment, people should be focused on your overall presence not your clothing selections. Don’t wear attire that is loud and distracting. Keep it simple and chic! Stock you closet with versatile basics such as dark pants, buttoned collar shirts, sweaters, sports jackets, and dark shoes. Once you have the basic clothing requirements, it is easier to shop for signature accessories like ties, pocket squares, cuff links, bags and hats.
Clothes should fit appropriately.Pants should be hemmed so that ONLY ¼” of heel or shoe shoes.Reframe from wearing suits or articles of clothing that are too big or too small. Don’t
Wear garments that are too big. Stay away from clothes that do not flatter your figure.Run down this check list with your button down shirts to ensure a proper fit.
- When the top button is closed on your shirt, you should only be able to squeeze one finger between the shirt fabric and the neck.
- The shoulder yoke (seam at the top of the arm hole) should fall right on top of the bone sticking out from your shoulder.
- The body of your shirt should fit comfortably, too much fabric and you will look like a flying squirrel.
- Arm length, the sleeve should end just at your wrist when unbuttoned. Anything longer will add extra bulk and fabric to your arms.
- The length of your shirt just come just down to middle of your seat. Anything longer and you will have to much fabric to deal with when tucking your shirt into your pants.
- Select conservative styles but avoid boring and outdated. Stay current with trends, it tells people you are in touch with current events. Find a balance between the two. Being too trendy may send the message you are trying too hard.
- Physical appearance should be kept professional. Keep your fingernails trimmed and don’t be afraid to go for a manicure. You will be shaking people’s hands. Avoid wearing cologne and go for a subtle after shave. You don’t want people to smell your cologne after you have left room or when you come into the room. Don’t cover up body odor with a bottle of cologne or perfume. This seems like a reasonable task but we all know the sacrifices people make when they are pressed for time. Keep you breathe fresh by storing breath mints in your desk and in your pocket! There’s nothing worse than a person with a distinct odor or bad oral hygiene.
NEVER under dress! If you are unsure about a particular dress code, then always dress for success. It is better to be overdressed then undressed no matter what the circumstances are!