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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