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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Dress for Success

Dress for Success
Do you remember that book – it was the one recommending that everyone look like clones of each other in the standard man-tailored grey suit.  Women were to pretend to look like men. 
Well, when I suggest that you dress for success, that’s not what I mean.  Others will suggest you dress “one step above” what others are wearing and some will say, “dress for the job you want, not the one you have.”   These are both good ways to suggest you dress well, whether at work, or looking for work.
Don’t wear your old raggedy jeans when networking.  Wear a pair of tailored slacks.  Don’t wear a tee shirt, or hoodie, but wear a nice tailored blouse, shirt or sweater.  AND, please don’t tell me that you are a “techie” and therefore that’s how everyone dresses.
As my mother would have said, “if everyone else is jumping off the roof, does that mean you have to do it too?”

Your job is to look your professional best – not your shlubby worst.

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