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Resume & Job

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  4. Job-hunting Strategies
  5. Preparing for the Interview
  6. Dressing for Success


First Impressions Do Count

The old saying still holds: “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” Like any other product, you must sell what you have on the inside by taking care of how you look on the outside.




  • When in doubt, err on the conservative side of attire. The interview, regardless of the customary on-the-job clothes you can expect to wear (see below), is a formal, serious occasion, and you should dress accordingly.
  • Fabrics should be appropriate to the season: wool in the fall, winter, and spring; cotton, rayon, and linen blends in the summer. Season-spanning lightweight wools are a practical choice if you are on a tight budget.
  • Be neat and clean in appearance. Take a second look the night before the interview to make sure that everything is in place and that your clothes are tidy, with no stray threads or spots. Make sure your shoes are polished.
  • Don’t take a lot of extras into the interview. A briefcase is a handy, professional way to carry extra copies of your résumé and other materials you may want to take with you to the interview. Women should tuck a small purse into the briefcase, or select a shoulder bag if you do not have a briefcase.
  • Keep cosmetics, perfumes, and aftershaves light or nonexistent.

The basic rule of dressing for success once you’re on the job is to dress in ways that reflect the lifestyle, values, and priorities—the image— of the industry in which you hope to work. Each employment sector has its own rules for appropriate dress, from the traditional and conserva­tive to the creative and trendy. Here are suggestions for how to dress in a number of occupations: 

Advertising and Public Relations

Dynamic, client-oriented occupations call for clothing that projects energy, imagination, and insight. This can be achieved by using bright colors, trendy styles, and accessories that display your uniqueness. If you’re involved in the business end of these occupations. dress as if you’re a banker or lawyer.

Banking, Accounting, and Law

Conservative and traditional are the by-words for these industries. People want to be able to trust someone with their resources; black, navy, and grey spell reliability. Women or men should select conservative styles: suits in solid or pinstriped wool. The point is to look neutral in your dress—neutral but prosperous!

Science, High-Technology and Education

If your daily activities include performing laboratory work or sitting in front of a computer terminal, it makes little sense to wear a suit and tie. These careers place a premium on intellectual creativity. and therefore dress is individual and casual. For the interview; however, a suit is still best for men, while women can choose a dress-and-blazer combination or separates.

Retail and Sales

It is essential to be fashion conscious if you are entering the retail trade. It is important to know current trends of professional dress and to show that knowledge. Fashion magazines can give you some ideas. The idea is show customers how to dress fashionably; and retail companies want you to spend money on clothes. For sales careers in other industries, you are also encouraged to be fashionable and in step with the times. However, keep in mind that in some sales jobs, such as sales for major corporations, conservative dress is appropriate.

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