5 Professional Wardrobe Dos And 5 Don'ts

You have 7 seconds to make a great impression during a job interview.
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5 Professional Wardrobe Dos (and 5 Don’ts!)

You have 7 seconds to make a great impression during a job interview.

– Roxanne Ravenel | Excelle

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Image is everything. This is particularly true for job hunters. During a job search we meet others on job interviews, in networking situations, and out in the community. How we present ourselves will largely impact the first impression we make with them.

 “We have approximately seven seconds in which we can make a good first impression,” says wardrobe stylist and freelance fashion writer, Kristen Kaleal. “That’s the amount of time it takes to shake somebody’s hand and take a seat.”

According to Kaleal, during that initial seven seconds we are being sized up. “We’re being judged on our education level, our level of sophistication, our attention to detail, how much self-confidence we have. The first impression we make is paramount to getting the job.”

With such a limited amount of time to make that all important first impression, the image we project can communicate far more than our words can. By carefully managing our image, we can greatly improve the impression we make with others. Here are five dos and five don’ts to look your best during your job search and beyond.

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9 thoughts on “5 Professional Wardrobe Dos And 5 Don'ts

  1. I know this is all about appearance, but I have to say this- don’t forget to take an extra copy of your resume with you! And if you have a portfolio, take that too! Better to be over prepared than to say,”I didn’t think you wanted to look at it again.”

  2. nycsinglelady, I was recently offered a position where I wore jeans and a blazer to an interview, because the dress code at the company is so incredibly casual (I saw some people in sweatpants and uggs!) If that’s the vibe you get from the company, I advocate wearing a structured jean dressed up with a nicer shirt to your interview.

  3. nycsinglelady, I was recently offered a position where I wore jeans and a blazer to an interview, because the dress code at the company is so incredibly casual (I saw some people in sweatpants and uggs!) If that's the vibe you get from the company, I advocate wearing a structured jean dressed up with a nicer shirt to your interview.

  4. These rules are classics, I followed them when I went job hunting over 40 years ago! They are good rules…only back then, fewer people had to be told. You could see it all around you.

  5. BELAVERA: Right on! These tips have always been around. I was in a position of interviewing potential candiates for 15 years. I always looked at nails and shoes to judge neatness. If nails are well manicured (no chipping polish) and shoes are not scuffed (and heels not worn off) then it shows you take pride in your appearance everyday. This will indicate you’ll also take pride in your work on the job.

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