Will a professional appearance really help me get a job?
I was asked this question recently and I was surprised. The job market is so competitive you need to stay one, if not two sets ahead of your competition. One way to do that is to be Professional, consistently online and off. We know that most positions are filled through networking and you have only one chance to make a positive first impression online or off. First Impressions Count and last for a very long time. How many times have you heard someone state “I was impressed with that individual the moment I met her/him”?
What impact does my facebook, twitter or other online site have to do with my job performance?
Remember the internet is open to everyone, all day, everyday! No Exceptions. You can block, but they will find you. It has happened. Be smart and keep the things that will keep you from getting or keeping a job off the internet. If you have to ask me if it is appropriate or not, chances are it’s NOT! Did you google yourself today?
So what do I need to do or change to be considered professional?
It is not always a matter of your attire, it is a matter of neatness, etiquette and respect.
There is power in the eyes and eye contact during a conversation is very important.
Keep your breath fresh, if you are a smoker be careful not to smell like an ashtray. The mixture of your fragrance or cologne with cigarette smoke is not a favorable scent for anyone. I suggest you avoid smoking in your car and other closed areas before your appointment because the smoke smell sticks to your clothes.
A firm handshake along with a smile works well, but not a flirty smile, and shows confidence.
Keeping up with your personal hygiene is critical, clean hands and nails are also recommended. During cold months, use light lotion to keep skin looking healthy on your hands and face.
Keep your shoes clean and polished. Carry a polishing cloth or quick swipe with you for tough up as needed.
Keep your clothes neat and pressed. Not everyone is expected to wear a suit at all times, but your attire should always be clean and neat. Who knows you may find a job while standing on line at the deli or car wash.
If you are running late, let your appointment know that you will be late. Respect the time of all parties at the meeting/interview.
DO NOT TAKE A CALL OR KEEP YOUR CELL PHONE ON (Shut it off) DURING YOUR INTERVIEW.
I hope these tips help you but your best foot forward at all times.
Because Image Matters!
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