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July 18, 2013

Job search: Appearance matters

dress for success

Appearance matters.

While a casual approach may work for some jobs, job applicants need to pay attention to the image they present to potential employers.

In doing “mock interviews” for a local college, I was greeted by an overwhelming number of graduating students who simply didn’t have a clue of how to dress for that crucial interview.

“It’s your first impression, and you have ten seconds to make it,” I said. “If you are wearing sneakers, if your pants sag, if your skirt is too short or too tight, if your keys are jingling off your belt loops, you have one foot out the door before you even start.”

Men should wear a clean pressed shirt and pants — at the very minimum — to any interview. Shoes, not sneakers, are the order of the day. The tie might be optional when applying for fast food and other service jobs. Women  should be similarly dressed,  wearing a well-pressed blouse, skirt or trousers, and neat shoes.

When applying for a professional position, a suit — for both men and women — is required. Women’s skirts should skim the knees; any shorter is not acceptable. Men need to wear a tie. Shoes should be clean and polished; sneakers are never a good choice.  Keep accessories to a minimum. Keep your keys in your purse or pocket, not dangling from the waist. Your hair should be well cut and groomed. Your perfume or aftershave shouldn’t come in the room before you do.

The key word is keep it simple and classic. It is better to be overdressed than underdressed. Your desired  job may depend on it.







About the Author

Christine Anne Piesyk
Christine Anne Piesyk brings over 40 years of experience to the pages of Business Clarksville; she has edited news, opinion, politics, business, arts/leisure, food, lifestyle, education and travel pages in both daily and weekly newspapers. Now retired, she words as an editorial consultant, and remains an editorial consultant to Business & Heritage Clarksville. " At 18, she began working with film and theatre critic Sam Hoffman, and at 27 launched The Entertainment Review as a radio medium with Jesse Garon. As a film/arts critic, she co-produced the Review for 25 years in both print and radio. The number of films she has, seen, studied or reviewed number in the thousands. "Lifelong education and a career in media have afforded me extraordinary opportunities," Piesyk said. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in individualized studies from Goddard College.



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