Woohoo! You dressed well for the interview, you nailed it and got the job! That same first impression you gave the employer, who is now your boss, is the same impression you want to exude when they see you. Now, of course, depending on the capacity of the job, your boss does not expect you to wear a tailored suit or high heels everyday at the office. However, you still want to radiate professionalism and intelligence.
Don’t stress. It is easier than it sounds. Here are 5 ways to continuously look great on the job:
- Dress Like You’re in Charge: Believe it or not, appearance translates to performance in the workplace. Your goal should be to dress for the job you want, not the job you have.
- You Are Your Industry: Understand what’s appropriate in your industry and follow the dress code. If you have to wear a uniform, make sure it is clean. Just because you have to wear the same outfit everyday, does not give you an excuse to look unprofessional.
- Clothes Need to Fit: Make sure your clothes fit properly. Yes, this is still true as it was on the interview. It may seem obvious, but it can be a distraction to your coworkers if your pants need a belt.
- The Best Outfits are Quiet Outfits: Your jewelry should not make noise. Ladies, this one is for you. It can be very distracting if you cannot move your arms or turn your head without your bracelets or earrings rattling. Instead, try to find small, more delicate pieces that are just as flattering.
- Casual Friday is Still a Work Day: Many workplaces have Casual Fridays, where employees can “dress down” and wear jeans/tennis shoes. Just because it is Casual Friday, it doesn’t mean you can wear whatever you want. However, looking professional in casual dress is simple. Nice, clean jeans with a button-down shirt is acceptable.
Congratulations once again for landing the job you deserve! Deciding on what to wear to work each morning can be daunting at times, but remember the goal is to represent yourself the best you can.
About the Author:
Lena Foote is an Employment Specialist at Search Inc. She supports her clients in finding career opportunities that will allow them to best utilize their abilities, gain real-world experience, and find competitive employment. If you have a topic you’d like Lena to write about, send your suggestion to: firstname.lastname@example.org