If you have been reading my past posts, you know I am always talking about ways to stand out. I repeat this a lot, as I feel it’s extremely important. When I talk about standing out, it’s not to try and impress women, but more along the lines of making yourself a better person and more recognizable to potential employers, connections and people.
I’ve always heard that you should dress for the job you want, and not the job that you have. If you don’t take that too literal, it simply boils down to take care of yourself and always try to be presentable. You never know when you may be face to face with someone that can change your life. By looking nice, being clean and showing that you take care of yourself, you can make yourself stand out and be memorable to that person.
There is always a limit on going overboard as well, and can make you stand out in the wrong way. Working in a semi casual business environment means you should normally be wearing a nice button down and not a three piece suit. Just remember making the right impression isn’t hard and you should dress for the environment you are in. This is where that ‘dress for the job you want and not the job you have’ statement doesn’t fit properly and shouldn’t be taken too literal.
Casual dress shouldn’t mean sweatpants and a t-shirt. You have to remember your environment, how you want to portray yourself and potential people that you may interact with each day. Sure, if you are a multi-millionaire that doesn’t care who they are ever going to see or have to worry about potential future employers, dress how you want, but even if I was a multi-millionaire I would want to always present myself in a way that makes me feel good and look good.
First impressions are almost always based on looks first. If I am at a conference and trying to network and meet other people that can help further my career, I’m going to go up to the guy that is well groomed and nicely dressed over the guy in sandals, torn jeans and a t-shirt.
You can’t always be dressed up, and a lot of jobs require jeans, t-shirt, work boots etc. You should wear appropriate clothing for your job, but outside of your job, in formal meetings, or special occasions you should try to dress the part.
I get my lazy days where I just grab a t-shirt and head to work, and almost every time I do that I get called in to meetings where I am now having to talk and present to other managers and employees. The first thing I think of is how much I regret dressing down that day. I feel horrible in front of all of these people trying to talk business and I feel like I put no effort in trying to make a good appearance.
My last bit of advice is to always over dress than under dress. If you are starting a new job and not sure of the environment, over dress. You don’t want to come in your first day, meet your new coworkers or managers and stand out in the wrong way.
I would love to hear what you think about this. Do you have any stories where you immediately regretted dressing down that day?