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Text Box: Before you get a job, your job is to impress employers enough so that they will hire you. And the first impression you will make on an employer may be based on your appearance. If you appear for an interview carelessly-groomed, a potential employer may assume you are careless about other things. He or she may think you lack initiative, may need close supervision, and may not be a good employee. 
Dress to project the image you want the employer to receive. If a position required maturity, don’t dress like a college student going to class. Let your clothing reflect your knowledge of the type of job for which you are applying.
Employers may judge your appearance as a reflection of your total personality, but also in relation to the type of work you will be doing. There are various standards of dress, each valid for different kinds of jobs. On the other hand, don’t wear overalls or blue jeans if you are applying for an office or sales position. You may be giving the impression that you really want a laboring job.
There are no hard-and-fast rules to guide you as to the most appropriate way to dress, but you ought to consider the following advice: When dressing for an interview, it usually is best to dress conservatively. If you wear loud colors or faddish clothes, the interviewer may remember your clothes, but not your name or qualifications. This is an unnecessary obstacle to getting the job you want. Common sense and simple good taste are the best guidelines to follow.
One final tip: Many employers seem to regard a neat and clean appearance as being at least as important as the type of clothes worn.
 
Text Box: · Conservative two-piece business suit (solid dark blue or grey is best)
·  Conservative long-sleeved shirt/blouse (white is best, pastel is next best)
·  Clean, polished conservative shoes
·  Well-groomed hairstyle
·  Clean, trimmed fingernails
·  Minimal cologne or perfume
·  Empty pockets, no bulges or tinkling coins
·  No gum, candy, or cigarettes
·  Light briefcase or portfolio case
·  No visible body piercing (nose rings, eyebrow rings, etc.) or tattoos
 
Text Box: · Wear a suit with a jacket and skirt or slacks; no dresses
· Shoes with conservative heels
· Conservative hosiery at or near skin color (and no runs!)
· No purses, small or large; carry a briefcase instead
· If you wear nail polish, use clear or a conservative color
· Keep your makeup simple and natural (it should not be too noticeable)
· No more than one ring on each hand
· One set of earrings only
 
Text Box: · Necktie should be silk with a conservative pattern
· Dark shoes (black lace-ups are best)
· Dark socks (black is best)
· Get a haircut; short hair always fares best in interviews
· Fresh shave; mustaches are a possible negative, but if you must, make sure it is neat and trimmed
· No beards (unless you are interviewing for a job as a lumberjack!)
· No rings other than wedding ring or college ring
· No earrings (if you normally wear one, take it out)
 
Text Box: You only have one chance to make a good first impression! A person will size you up in a matter of 15 seconds as you walk into the room! What you wear says a whole lot about who you are, or at least who you are presenting yourself to be. That’s why what you wear to a job interview is important.
 
In fact, in one major survey:
• 95% of the employers interviewed said a jobseeker’s personal appearance affected the employer’s opinion of that applicant’s suitability for the job.
• 91% said they believed dress and grooming reflected the applicant’s attitude towards the company.
• 61% said dress and grooming had an effect on subsequent promotions as well.
Thus, whether you’re preparing for job interviews or concerned about job advancement, it’s worth a few minutes of your time now to think about what your appearance tells an employer about you.
 
 
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