Dress for the Job you Want, Not the Job you have...

When the Emperor got new clothes, we assume he wasn’t wearing ripped jeans and over-sized jackets that don’t really fit. Your clothing says a lot about you, from your professional wear to your workout gear to casual clothes. When hunting for a job (or even in your day-to-day work duties), dressing well can open doors in a lot of different ways. First, you can enhance first impression by dressing for success. If you meet someone for the first time and you’re dressed well, that person will take notice, either subliminally or consciously.

Second, by continuing to dress well, even if you are a bit over-dressed for your position, you will continue to impress people by showing them that you take your job seriously enough to really care for your appearance. If you dress just well enough to make people notice, but not so much that you appear sarcastic or overwhelming, you will have better posture, better manners, and generally impress people with your mere presence. You can gain self confidence with image management, either by taking very good care of your clothes, grooming, and general maintenance, or by dressing well, or both.

You can enhance first impression by dressing for success by buying high-quality clothes that are timeless and classic, and mixing them with a small amount of trendy pieces or accessories that make people take notice. You don’t have to break the bank, but you should work some money for clothing into your everyday budget. These should be pieces that last for several years, and you should take proper care of them with regular cleaning, pressing, and storage in a safe place.

When you gain self confidence with image management, you’re sure to advance in your career. No one wants to hire someone who doesn’t appear confident. If you have a defeatist attitude and walk with a slump, you’re going to appear as if you already know you’re not going to do a good job. And if you think you can’t do the job you want, your colleagues are not going to disagree with you. You have to project the image you want others to see in you!