We’ve all heard the saying, “Don’t ever judge a book by its cover,” but in the job search and in the professional world, that adage doesn’t apply.
Obey the dress-code. This one is easy. If your company has a specific dress code, even if you see others ignoring it, it just makes sense to follow the rules. If you can’t follow a simple set of guidelines when it comes to work attire, then you are already showing your supervisors that you don’t respect the rules of the office. You are painting yourself in a negative light. Those that can’t obey the rules, don’t get considered for a raise or a promotion.
Look around you. How are others dressing in the office? Where are they in their careers? Your colleague Bob wears outdated Timberland boots, jeans and a Metallica t-shirt he can barely…
Fashions change. It’s now acceptable to wear dark jeans with a button-down. Even a funky tie, if paired properly with a nice shirt and a sweater can be pulled off. In the end, the shirt should be crisp, the shoes should be shined and the clothes should never be wrinkled. Look neat, because it doesn’t matter how well you dress if your hair is unruly, your beard is all over the place and you didn’t shower for a week. In the end, you just need to experiment with what feels right and pay attention to the reactions you receive.
—Jon Minners, Vault.com