Do Looks affect your career opportunities?
First impressions matter, especially when you’re applying for a new job or a promotion. How you look, whether it’s your haircut or your outfit, will have a lasting effect on your career growth. Here are some tips on dressing for better career growth:
When it comes to an interview, you need to be memorable for the right reasons in order to make it to the next step. That means you shouldn’t do anything outrageous with your hair; avoid unnatural colors or unusual haircuts. Longer hair is becoming more acceptable for men, but it still depends on the job. Short trims are safe for any job, especially office jobs in business or government. Clean-shaven faces are the safest option, but facial hair is pretty acceptable in most cases.
Women should keep their hair out of their face and clean. Consider an up-do to be on the safe side.Other style ideas include a simple ponytail, side bun or natural-looking waves. Women’s hair care shouldn’t take long either if you have the right tools. Don’t try any new haircuts or hairstyles for an interview — go with something tried and true. The worst move to make is getting a new haircut and disliking it when the pressure is on.
What you wear matters too.Dress for the job you want.For another example, a startup could lead to more casual attire, like jeans and a button down. A full suit is required for a position as a business executive. However, a job for a fashion magazine requires a well-put together outfit.
In their wardrobe, men should have a few button down shirts with a collar, pants (not jeans) and brown or black shoes. If you don’t already, buy a few ties and learn how to tie a tie. Shirts should be in neutral colors, such as white, blue or gray. A few patterned shirts are fine to have in your arsenal, but shouldn’t outnumber your basics. Tuck in your shirts and tailor your clothes, especially your blazers and jackets.
Women should wear neutral colors and simple patterns in their slacks, blouses, and dresses. Pantsuits are hard to pull off, so try a nice blouse instead. Wear closed-toe shoes to the interview, and 3-inch heels are your height limit. Wear simple accessories and simple-colored purses.
When it’s time to have the interview or the promotion conversation, carry yourself with confidence even if you’re feeling nervous.Look the interviewer in the eye when you speak, just to show respect. Nobody will know you’re nervous if you dress well and follow these tips.