In a recent blog, I stressed the importance of how dressing to impress would increase your chances of success at a job interview.
If you heeded my advice, you should have created a terrific impression at the interview and hopefully clinched that job. But the real impact of your appearance will come when the rest of your new colleagues see you for the first time.
I’m surprised at just how many people make the fatal mistake of clinching a job and then turn up dressing sloppily on their first day at a new company.
Dress to impress and dress for success
I’ve rolled out this cliché a number of times, but you really do only get one chance to make a good first impression.
And making that good first impression doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on sartorial elegance, but a new position is a fantastic opportunity to invest a few quid in a new work wardrobe, whether it’s by George from Asda or something from Saville Row. D
That old worn out shirt with the tea stain on the sleeve may well be super comfy, but will it really create the best impression with your new boss?
Although putting additional importance on the way you look doesn’t directly affect your ability to perform your job, it can directly affect how others in your new work environment well perceive you.
Climbing the corporate ladder can be tricky if you don’t look the part. Managers and colleagues may be aware that you have the ability to perform tasks and head-up projects. But for those in higher levels of management who don’t have any day to day contact with you, they may well judge your work ethic solely by the clothes you wear.
Devoting that little bit of extra time to your professional appearance will make managers take notice of your attributes, as well as making subordinates and colleagues more respectful of your position.
And it’s important to remember that you will be portraying the company image when you are in external meetings with clients or at a trade fair enticing potential new customers. So, dress to impress, make sure your shoes are polished, your hair is neat and that you smell fresh and hopefully 2013 will be the year you climb that corporate ladder.
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