Need A Job? Dress the Part!

DID YOU KNOW: Hiring professionals tell me that the number 1 reason a candidate does not get called for an interview, or get the job is because of their first impression?

WHAT YOU WEAR DOES MATTER!  Your First Impression is made up of several elements including:

  • The Clothing You Wear
  • Your Demeanor
  • The Words You Use

When you are searching for a job the first few seconds of the interview can determine the outcome.   Your first impression is critical to your career success. Here are some things to keep in mind to be sure you are offering your best first impression.

IF YOU QUESTION IT, DON’T WEAR IT. When you look in the mirror, what do you see?  How do you feel in the outfit choice you’ve made? If you wonder if it is the right thing to wear, then don’t wear it. That lack of confidence will come through in your demeanor.

COLORS MATTER.  You know those days when someone asks you if you are getting that flu that’s going around?  And you feel fine?  Well, what they are telling you is that the color you are wearing is draining the life out of your skin-tone.  The right colors will bring out pink and peach tones in your skin, and the wrong colors will make you look pale and emphasize blue and green undertones (in other words, the undertones you get when you are ill or exhausted). Having said that…no one wants to sit across the desk from someone that looks sick.  Be sure you wear your best color for the interview.  A good safe color for most is blue.

DON’T LET YOUR CLOTHES SPEAK FOR YOU.  When choosing your outfit for an interview, be sure what you wear doesn’t wear you.  You don’t want to be remembered as the one with the wild tie, overpowering perfume, crazy shoes or bright red lipstick.  You want to be remembered as the one who had the skills and ideas that were perfect for the job.

Now go perfect your interview image and wow that potential employer!

Free Job Search Workshop in Granger!

Have you heard about the…

FREE Job Search Workshop?
If you are considering searching for a new career or advancing your current career, you won’t want to miss this FREE workshop.  
Goodwill Job Specialists, Omeria Sibanda and Danny Marshall, will partner with Image and Wardrobe Expert, Kathy Friend to offer tips on how to present your best first impression to get an interview, get the job and keep the job! 
Tuesday, July 15th
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm  Resume & Job Search Workshop
6:30 pm – 7:00 pm  Personal Shopping with Kathy Friend
Granger Goodwill Store

GET THE JOB…AND KEEP IT!

This past week I had the pleasure to provide a workshop at the Community Career Center at the new Warsaw Goodwill Store. 

The workshop I provided was for people looking for work. YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION MATTERS! What you wear and how you greet someone could be the ultimate decision in you getting your dream job. Over the years, I have worked with numerous corporations and hiring professionals and they all tell me the same thing: when 2 candidates appear to have equal qualifications for an open position, the hiring decision comes down to first impressions.

Here are some tips for you as you start this New Year with a resolve to get your dream job! It all starts with the interview…

Traditional, conservative attire is always best. Showing your personality through overly creative clothing might be misinterpreted; it could also be taken as a sign of disrespect. To dress nicely, in a clean, pressed suit (or trouser with a jacket) is saying “I respect this company, the interviewer and the process to get this job”.

A handshake can start off an interview in a great way…or not. Think about how many times someone has shaken your hand and it left you wondering if your hand was broken…or worse, reaching for the hand sanitizer! Men, don’t shake a woman’s hand like you are greeting the queen (the finger shake). Shake it like you would another man. Ladies, offer a firm “web-to-web” handshake to your potential supervisor. And of course, be sure your hands are clean before you go into the interview. If you are one who gets sweaty palms when you get nervous, washing your hands when you get to the office can counteract this (even if only for a few minutes), allowing you time to shake hands and get to the interview office. Spraying an unscented antiperspirant on your palms can also temporarily help.

Finally, a word about tattoos and piercings. In today’s world, so many of us have tattoos and piercings (in other places than our ears). Although these kinds of things are seen as an expression of personal style and are very accepted socially, in a business environment these kinds of “accessories” are not appropriate. There are many reasons for this, but primarily it is because they are distracting. It is hard for the interviewer to concentrate on what you are saying if they are trying to see what your tattoo says. Also, in some industries showing tattoos and piercings may be against corporate attire policies (or health code regulations). For the interview, put a band aid over the tattoo (or cover with clothing), and remove your piercings.

Good luck on your job search!

 
IMAGE CREDITS: 
http://www.bubblews.com
http://www.nadinemuller.org
http://champperformance.com
https://dev-goodwill-ni-multi.pantheonsite.io