Dressing professionally will help you get the job and it can help you advance in your Career! Conversely, the wrong clothes may hold you back from promotions, and possibly from getting the job in the first place. Now, before you scream UNFAIR or contact a lawyer about a discrimination suit, it is important to understand why and how to dress for Career Success!
First, what is professional attire?
Professional attire is clothing appropriate for the industry and specific job function. Yes, it is that simple. You are demonstrating to potential employers and people who control your promotions and paycheck, that you understand Corporate Image and are able to represent the company/industry. There are other nuances for customer facing positions, pay attention, error on the conservative side. Banking, Financial Services, and traditional corporate jobs are more conservative than most industries and will likely have specific dress code guidelines to follow after you are hired. Observe managers and supervisors to guide for the right level and dressy/casual (being over dressed is almost as bad as being too casual). Continue reading