How to Dress for Success

You’ve heard the popular saying, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” But what does this actually mean? How can you dress to ensure you make an excellent first impression to land your dream job?How to dress for success

The importance of a good first impression cannot be overstated. People begin to form an opinion about you from the moment you meet them, even before you have spoken. People often notice things about appearance, such as clothing, hairstyle, and hygiene, and make assumptions about you based on them. 

Boardman Training Center is here to help you make a positive first impression. Keep reading as we share our favorite tips to help you dress for success. 

Dress For The Company Culture

Every company has a unique culture and follows different dress code standards. Researching before an interview or meeting is best to learn about a specific company’s culture. This can help prove that you are a good fit for the company. When unsure of a company’s dress code, it is always better to be overdressed rather than underdressed. Here are some of the most common dress codes and examples of clothing pieces you will need for them.

  • Business Formal– This dress code is most often reserved for formal settings, such as benefits, awards ceremonies, and other important events. It is the more modest and professional equivalent of a formal dress code you would expect at weddings and other parties. Some staples for this dress code include a black suit and tie, a skirt suit or dress, high heels or loafers, and simple accessories such as jewelry or belt. 
  • Business Professional– This dress code is slightly less proper than formal business attire while still maintaining professionalism and modesty. Business professional dress is typically used in day-to-day finance, law, and government offices. Closet staples for this dress code include dresses, skirts or slacks, blazers or sports jackets, blouses or button-down shirts, heels, loafers, flats, and simple accessories. 
  • Business Casual– This dress code is the most common among businesses. It is a good interview option when you are unsure of the dress code. It features items such as slacks or khakis, blouses or button-down shirts, blazers or sweaters, and shoes such as boots, loafers, or flats. 
  • Smart Casual– Often used in more flexible work environments, smart casual combines business casual and casual. Incorporating trendy pieces into business clothing gives this style a fresh twist. You can often utilize pieces already in your closet for this dress code, including sweaters or collared shirts, trousers or skirts, sneakers or loafers, and simple accessories such as belts, jewelry, and scarves.
  • Casual– This dress code is how you would typically dress when not working and can be achieved with pieces you already have in your wardrobe. Jeans or linen pants, t-shirts or sweaters, and open-toed shoes or sneakers are appropriate for a casual dress code. It is important to note that even if an office’s dress code is casual, you should always dress in at least business casual attire for your interview. Remember: dress to impress!

Dressing For An Event

Your wardrobe can differ depending on the type of career event you are attending. Always wear professional attire when dressing for a job interview, as it shows the interviewer that you are prepared and would fit well in the position. 

When attending networking events or career fairs, it is important to look your best to make a good first impression. The people you meet at these events could be hiring directly or connecting you to other opportunities. 

In today’s digital world, interviews are often held over video using Zoom or Google Meet. Although you are not meeting with a recruiter in person, it is still crucial to dress professionally as you would if you were meeting in the office. Be sure to wear a business top and a professional hairstyle. 

Dress For Success Tips

Learning to dress for success can seem overwhelming and challenging for students and recent graduates just beginning their professional careers. Here are some additional tips to help you build your professional wardrobe and learn what is appropriate in the workplace.

  • Strategically shop for clothing that can be worn in many different ways. Creating a professional capsule wardrobe is an excellent way to build your business wear collection.
  • Accessorize with minimalistic jewelry, belts, bags, and shoes.
  • Remove some of your piercings and cover tattoos if you are unsure of if they are accepted in the workplace.
  • Style your hair in a neat, professional way.
  • Keep perfume or cologne to a minimum, as others could be allergic. 
  • Wear makeup that is professional and natural. 
  • Maintain good hygiene with clean clothing and washed hair.

If you are ever unsure how to dress to make a good first impression, think of this quote from Oscar Wilde: “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”

Put Your Career on The Fast Track

Now that you know the basics of dressing for success, you are nearly ready to start your new career! Boardman Training Center is here to help you achieve your dream healthcare career with training in Medical Assisting, Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, Cardio Phlebotomy, and Medical Billing and Coding programs!

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