9 Essential tips for Dressing for Success
We continued with our #jobmailtipoftheday campaign this week by posting essential tips for dressing for success on our social profiles. Because we realize that some of you can’t be on the internet all the time, we’re posting a summary of this week’s tips today. We trust that you’ll find this information useful.
1. There’s nothing wrong with having tattoos, but try to keep them covered during an interview. Remember that not everyone has the same perception about tattoos as you. Tattoos are part of who you are, but not necessarily part of the image that the company wishes to project. You might know what the Chinese inscription on your left arm means, but it may look like gibberish to your potential employer.
2. Dress according to company culture. Many companies don’t mind jeans if you look neat in them, but make sure that you ask first, and never show up in an interview wearing jeans. If you’re unsure what the company culture is, dress professionally to be safe.
3. When dressing for an interview (or even if you already have the job), please remember that it’s not a competition to show off as much skin as possible. You might be flaunting what you have, but no one really wants to see your body parts in a professional environment.
4. Ladies, please remember that your “girls” should never become part of the conversation. Keep them contained and under wraps. Wearing sheer tops with brightly coloured underwear to an interview, or any other time in an office environment is not such a good idea. Rule of thumb: if you can see your underwear in the mirror, you need thicker material in your top.
5. When casual wear is acceptable at the office, avoid wearing torn, un-ironed / unwashed clothing at the office. Always look neat and well presented. Remember: it’s all about selling yourself and making a good first impression when it comes to interviews.
6. Ladies, when it comes to dressing for success it’s not a competition on who can wear the highest heels or the shortest skirts. Keep the length a maximum of three fingers above the knee and the height of your shoes down. You can wear those killer heels at the office party, not during your interview. Also take note that too much make-up could be perceived as a lack of confidence or being someone you are not.
7. Men, belts are there for a reason, use them. When going to an interview ensure your pants are tied at your waist and not your knees. Underwear showing may be hip and cool, but this will count against you in an interview.
8. Remember: Hoodies are great for warmth but if you are wearing one in an interview, keep your head uncovered (otherwise you will look creepy), sunglasses are meant to be worn outside (not in your cubicle) and baseball caps should be worn for baseball (not a board meeting).
9. Too much perfume / aftershave does putt people off , so try not spray the whole Hugo Boss onto your person.
Well, there you have it, a summary of this week’s #jobmailtipoftheday updates for Dressing for Success. If you’ve found this information useful, feel free to share this article with your friends on your social networks. You could be the reason that your friend aces his / her next interview.
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