Will Dressing for Success Help You at Work?

Dressing for success isn’t just a popular catch-phrase, its advice workers would be wise to follow (unless they work from home). A CareerBuilder.com survey found that 41 percent of employers said that people who dress better or more professionally tend to be promoted more often than others in their organization.

As Mark Twain noted: “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society.”

It’s Not Only What you Wear

Polished shoes, pressed shirts and well-fitted pants always look good and convey that you are a person who is professional and pays attention to details. When your clothes look sloppy and not well put together, so do you.

Be Traditional if in Doubt

Whether you’re in Silicon Valley where jeans and sandals are common or New York’s financial industry’s suit culture, you will never go wrong dressing conservative. “The most basic mistake new employees make is underdressing,” says Randall Hansen, a professor of business at Stetson University. “If unsure, dress conservatively. The best way to avoid a problem is to understand the corporate culture.” Also, if you’re unsure, dress up rather than down.

Look the Part

If you have a client meeting, presentation, or meeting with the CEO, dress the part. Wear your best-looking clothes for these types of meetings.

Pets = lint brush/roller

Pet owners should have a lint brush handy for before and during work to remove that unwanted and sometimes unnoticed pet hair clinging to clothes.

Dress like your boss (some days)

The old saying goes: “dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” While being unique and different from the rest of the herd has its place, one way to impress the boss is to show up looking similar to him. However, it’s still important to maintain some sense of uniqueness in your dress.



 
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