By the time one enters the working world, the idea of “dressing for success” has already been so deeply implanted that the mere thought of someone showing up to a job interview underdressed seems improbable. In truth, it is rare for a candidate to walk into an office in sweatpants and flip-flops. However, here at Campaign Development Corporations, we know all too well that “stylish business casual” is not something that comes naturally to everyone. We present you with the crash course in dressing for success. Take some notes, treat yourself, and leave an impression.
- Guys, go for the tie. An instant mark of professionalism, a quality tie is not only a polishing piece but can be a great conversation starter in an interview, believe it or not.
- Guys and gals, blazers are a must. A perfect blend of professional and serious, yet not too overdressed, blazers can be dressed up or dressed down, and elevate your look and your aura instantly.
- When it comes to the hair or the makeup, keep it clean, don’t overdo it.
- Don’t fear color! After the interview process, don’t hesitate to incorporate fun color into your wardrobe. We’ve seen some real statement-making suits in maroon and pale pink.
- Ditch the glasses for the day. Our instincts tell us to grab the lenses in an effort to look extra studious, but what they really do is create an eye contact barrier. Walk in the room with confidence, clarity, and some killer eye contact.
- Don’t over accessorize. Whether it’s your wild collection of bowties and pocket squares, or an affinity for dangling, noisy jewelry, the last thing you want in a professional setting is to distract someone with your outfit.
- Find a balance between comfort and professionalism. While the office is not necessarily the place for “comfort clothing,” there is nothing worse than being in an interview or sitting through a work day in a bit of discomfort. The shoes with a larger than life heel, or those pants that just don’t quite fit right might be bearable in the first 10 minutes of your morning, but by hour 5- total misery, not to mention the complete distraction.
- Channel your confidence through your clothes! Dress with purpose and authenticity, work with purpose and authenticity.
- Most importantly, reflect your own style. Don’t force yourself into a sleek black pantsuit if your heart yearns for brighter patterns. While there are many wrong ways to dress in the office, there truly is no right way to dress.
With these tips and a stellar greeting, you’ve nailed the first impression. The rest is in your hands. From all of us here at Campaign Development Corporations, we wish you the best of luck.