Even though right now it doesn’t feel like spring here in Chicago, it is almost May, the tulips have bloomed and we are close to summer. This is the time of year to do some spring cleaning, which means tossing out the old and changing-up your image. The bottom-line is, no matter how talented or experienced you may be, you still need to look great!
What you wear matters. People notice you when you dress well. Develop your own style that is appropriate for the kind of work you do, or want to be in. It amazes me just how much time people seeking employment spend on perfecting their cover letter, yet pay no attention to how they look.
You need to stand in front of a full-length mirror. Go ahead and do this when you are finished reading this article. What do you see? Is your hair un-kept and in need of a haircut? Are your hands rough and fingernails too long? Are you shoes in good shape and shiny or dull and ready for the Salvation Army?
Do your pants fit or are they sagging in your rear? Are the shelves on your jacket hitting the middle of your palm; too long! Do the clothes you are wearing have any definitive style? Is your complexion as white as the wall behind you?
If you answered yes to many of these questions, then it is time for an image re-haul. It’s time to go through your closet and get rid of or tailor your clothes to fit your frame. If your clothes are fraying and can’t be fixed, donate them. Less is more and you want to make sure that everything in your closet is something that looks great on you. Why keep clothes that don’t fit and don’t flatter you?
Make an appointment to get a haircut, even a place like Super Cuts, will look better than overgrown hair, with no style. Get a manicure and buy some indoor tanner. Get your shoes shined and new soles. Check out consignment stores, sales that offer deep discounts and eBay for deals on new or gently used clothing.
Look at the magazines and see what the trends are and what you need to do to look current. Buy a few “stand out” items that will get noticed. It doesn’t take a lot of money to look great. You just need to develop your own style to go along with that stellar resume and cover letter.
Make sure you are the one who is memorable. Make yourself a stand-out and others will take notice. Spend time on packaging yourself and being your best. Competition is keen, and a hiring manager does pay attention to how you look. It’s the unsaid hiring criteria that is never admitted, yet believe me it’s taken into consideration.