Dressing to Keep Your Job: Eight Tips for Success

By: Cassandra Hawkins Wilson

With the growing uncertainty in the economy, keeping your job is evitable. The way you look at work is an immediate reflection of the business or organization. Companies are trying to maintain customers, not lose them. It is important to remember that your appearance may save you from getting the pink slip. Here are some tips to help you dress to keep your job.
1.Dress for the environment you work in. If the work environment is business casual and you are wearing business dress, you are putting your job in jeopardy. Follow the desired attire.
2.Pay attention to details about your appearance. Keep you hair well-groomed. Nails manicured. Cuticles pushed back. Teeth cleaned. Shoes shined. Clothing Repaired.

Keeping a close eye on details demonstrates your ability to pay attention to details, while enhancing your credibility.
3.Mimic supervisors, managers, or top executives. These employees are at the level, which you are trying to attain. Paying close attention to what they do and do not wear will lay the foundation for you.
4.Hire an image consultant. If you are unsure about how to dress, what to wear, or what image you are portraying, then it is in your best interest to hire someone who does know.
5.Create a signature look. Defining a signature style will allow to you stand out in a positive manner. It reinforces your ability to be yourself, while maintaining a professional image.
6.Don't over accessorize. Stick to wearing one ring on each finger, a bracelet, a watch, and a necklace. Wear only one set of earrings. Make sure the accessories complement each other.
7.Avoid overpowering trends. Wardrobe staples are more appropriate in the business world. Save the geometric pattern dresses for the weekend.
8.Shun dated clothing. Clothing, which appears dated, provides an assumption that you are closed-mined and not open to try different things.

Remember to use your appearance to enhance your work ethics and your visibility at work. It's sad how many people lose their jobs because of their inability to dress appropriately at work. Following these tips can decrease your likelihood of getting that dreaded pink slip.

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