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Dressing for Success

By Kimberlee Collins

Do you ever wonder if the way you dress changes the way you are viewed in the eyes of others? Maybe you woke up feeling lazy so you threw on a pair of sweats and put your hair in a messy ponytail? Maybe you were feeling like a summer dress because the weather is a little too hot? Perhaps even a Hawaiian shirt and shorts? Believe it or not, the way you dress can change a person’s entire view of you, and the same thing goes for getting a job.

When out in public, a person naturally finds things they like or dislike about the people around them, especially when it has to do with clothing. For example, if a person hates pink, they aren’t going to feel a connection with someone wearing a hot pink shirt. Your employer is going to look for similar things when interviewing you.

Now before we get any further, let’s go a little deeper into exactly what you should wear to your interview. Long story short, it changes drastically depending on what job you are interviewing for. To explain it a little further, say you are applying for an entry level position like fast food or clothing retail. For a job like this, you wouldn’t need to go completely professional, like a business suit. Instead, you might go somewhat casual, like a nice shirt and clean, un-ripped jeans. Make sure you still look nice, and do your hair. For more information about dressing for specific job types, click here, or here.

Sometimes, dressing isn’t as easy as it sounds. Different cultures have different ways of life, which includes their style of dress. This is something that has been around for ages, but here’s where the controversy begins. Some jobs are not going to allow you to work for their company if you don’t follow their dress code. One example of this is a police officer or government official. Both of these occupations have strict outfits, and you have to follow them or risk unemployment. This kind of thing might be a problem for other cultures that require their people to wear certain outfits, but that is not to say there aren’t jobs you can get and still wear those outfits. You still have some legal rights to the way you dress. For more information about your rights to the way you dress, click here.

A lot of things have changed since Covid-19, and one of those things includes the way people dress. Recently, a lot of people have been forced to stay home to do their jobs, or go to different, more secluded places. Because of this, dressing up, doing your hair, and things like that have suddenly become a lot less important than it used to be. Maybe you have a zoom meeting, so you still have to dress up. So you comb your hair, put on a nice shirt, but no ones going to see what kind of jeans or shoes you are wearing. Maybe you choose flip flops and shorts- not entirely job appropriate, depending on the job you have. But who’s going to know the difference? Now, this is not to say that relaxing and dressing down is wrong, either. Being comfortable with yourself is also very important when choosing what you wear, and some people are able to make this work for them. One great example of this that I found interesting can be found here. To wrap it all up, a lack of motivation and laziness is merely one change that I noted has affected some people since the pandemic has begun, and it has been statistically proven that dressing up helps increase your self-confidence, even if you aren’t going anywhere special that day. Why not give it a try, and see if it works for you? If you’d like to know a little more about the research behind dressing to feel confident, click here, or here.

In conclusion, the way you dress doesn’t define you as a person, but it does make a difference in your life. Not only does it give people different impressions of you, but may also greatly affect your chances of getting hired for the job, or even make you feel comfortable and good about yourself. What’s not to like about any of that? Next time you wake up feeling lazy or unmotivated, throw on your favorite outfit from your closet and see if you can notice a difference.

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