I Wear What I Want!


Welcome back to our Get Hired job search blog series.  Are you ready to tackle day 14?


Question of the Day: What does your wardrobe say about you?

When you are actively job hunting it is not the time to be eccentric and trendy – it just might be best to go along with the crowd.


Job search tip #13: You can’t go wrong with a classic business look.

“Dress for success” is a common cliché but job seekers should heed this advice and go with a classic business look when submitting applications in person, attending a job fair, or going on an interview.  You will be judged on your attire. For both men and women a two-piece matched dark color suit is the safest option – black, black pinstripe, navy blue, dark brown.  If money is a concern, you may find quality traditional pieces at lower cost at discount stores and second hand shops.  Many community organizations also provide free professional clothing.


You don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression:

  • All clothing should be clean and wrinkle free. 
  • Men and women should avoid loud and large jewelry.
  • Hair and nails should be well groomed.
  • Select good, comfortable shoes.
  • Avoid bright, trendy, and juvenile fabrics and accessories.
  • Do not wear a lot of cologne or perfume.
  • Men should wear a classic tie.
  • Pant suits are also acceptable for women.
  • Women’s skirts should at least meet the knee.
  • Keep make up conservative.


 Stay tuned for job search tip #14 tomorrow.



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Nicki Sanders, Chief Visionary Officer of The Teen Toolbox, is a Life Skills Expert who uses her Packaged For Success™ programs to help clients set goals for life and create a road map to reach those goals. Ms. Sanders is an experienced case manager, trainer, and administrator. She offers professional development training for both youth and adults. Ms. Sanders holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and has fifteen years of direct experience with a diverse array of clients in residential, school-based, and community based agencies.


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Comments 4

  • You have a lot of good advice for someone looking for a job. I’ve seen people show up in pajamas for an interview. No big jewelry, wrinkle free, etc however I do think some of it is a little outdated. To appeal to teens it might be nice to word things in such a way that a younger audience will understand and grab onto.

    For this generation of job searching I think you really need to research the job you are applying for and see what the standard is for that particular job.
    If it is a job fair conservative is still probably better. Although I have to say I have some young friends that stood out just a little and got noticed because of it and now they are happily working.

    • Thanks Susan. This blog series is geared toward adults and I have stated throughout that the job search process should be individualized. My approach with teens is definitely different. I always err on the side of caution because every company is different and each of our ideas of “standing out a little” is also different. My motto is better to be overdressed than under dressed (or dressed up than dressed down).

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