Dressing for Success in the Workplace

It’s not an easy task to find a job these days. So when you do get called for an interview you’ll want to make the best impression. There’s one easy way to do this: dress for it.

That’s right. What you wear to work and to job interviews still matters. Yes, a lot more people are telecommuting. More people are arriving to the office in jeans and t-shirts. However, that does not mean that you should dress casually for an interview.

So, follow this easy rule for any job interview: err on the side of overdressed. Even if the company you happen to be interviewing for has a relaxed work environment, when you show up in jeans and a sweatshirt you’ll make a bad first impression. Dressing up shows that you respect the interviewer and take the position you’re interviewing for seriously.

This applies to the workplace too. Even a casual environment wants their employees looking sharp. So avoid grabbing a random t-shirt and the jeans you have been wearing all week off the floor. Think about what you’re wearing and try to look professional. Showing that you simply put effort into your appearance sets you apart in your workplace, and that can be helpful in the event the boss is looking to promote someone in your department!

Of course, you still have to be a good worker. You can be the best-dressed person on the planet, but it will not help you if you don’t do your job well. All things being equal, the better-dressed employee will certainly make the better impression.