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Business Education Compact DRESS FOR SUCCESS!. What’s So Important about DRESS?. First impressions are CRITICAL! You are marketing a product – YOURSELF! Dress is the first thing an employer sees when greeting you! Will dressing properly get you the job? NO, but it will:

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Business Education CompactDRESS FOR SUCCESS!

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What’s So Important about DRESS?

  • First impressions are CRITICAL!

  • You are marketing a product – YOURSELF!

  • Dress is the first thing an employer sees when greeting you!

  • Will dressing properly get you the job? NO, but it will:

    • Give you a competitive edge

    • Provide a positive first impression!

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The Reality

Should you be judged by what you wear?



    • You ARE judged

    • With the job interview, it’s HOW YOU ARE DRESSED that sets the tone of the interview.

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How Should I Dress?

  • Conservative is ALWAYS the safest route

  • BUT – do some investigation of the employer

    • What you wear should make you look as though you FIT IN with the organization

    • If you overdress or under dress, the employer may feel that you don’t care enough about the job!

  • Ways to find out the proper dress:

    • Call the Human Resources offices and ask

    • Visit the company’s office and observe the attire current employees are wearing

      • Make sure you are not there on a “casual day”!

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Hints for Dress Success

  • Make sure you have:

    • Clean and polished conservative dress shoes

    • Well-groomed hairstyle

    • Cleaned and trimmed fingernails

    • Minimal cologne or perfume

    • No visible body piercings beyond conservative ear piercings for women

    • Well-brushed teeth and fresh breath

    • No gum, candy, or other objects in your mouth

    • Minimal jewelry

    • No body odor

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Dress for Success- Women

  • Wear conservative colors

    • Matching blazer and skirt or pants – dark colors with light colored blouse – nothing low-cut

    • OR

    • Dress/khaki slacks (pressed) and long-sleeve button-down shirt

  • Skirt length should be a little below the knee and NEVER shorter than above the knee

  • Avoid wearing tight clothing

  • Shoes should be low-heeled

  • Make-up should be minimal

    • Lipstick and nail polish in conservative tones

  • Bring a briefcase rather than a purse

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Dress for Success - Men

  • Wear conservative colors

    • Conservative suit or sports coat and pressed dress/khaki slacks

    • White long-sleeved button-down shirt

    • Conservative silk tie (optional)

    • Polished dress shoes

    • Belt that matches shoes

  • If you have a beard or mustache:

    • Make sure it is neatly trimmed

  • If you have any visible body parts pierced or tattooed:

    • Remove all piercings and cover all tattoos if possible

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Dressing ON THE JOB

  • Once you’ve landed the job…

    • Consult your supervisor as to what is acceptable dress for his/her department

    • Ask about any “casual days” and what type of dress is allowed on those days

    • When in doubt, DRESS CONSERVATIVELY!

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Leslie Ewen

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