I realize this is a sensitive subject for many. The way we present ourselves to others through our appearance and apparel is very important in the work world.
When you dress well you look like you got your act together. For example, if you lost your way, who would you choose to ask for directions? A well-dressed man or a guy in ill-fitting clothes? Regardless of who gives the best directions, a well-dressed man looks like he knows his stuff.
While job hunting, first impressions are critical. You have to remember you are marketing yourself to a potential employer. The first thing your interviewer notices is your attire and you must make every effort to dress appropriately for the role you are applying for. It will certainly give you a competitive advantage and a positive first impression.
How should you dress? There are a few options. Casual means that you can wear whatever you want, but don’t forget that you should still look put together, clean, and neat. Business casual can range from jeans and a dress shirt to dress pants and a tie. Business professional should be a suit.
Before you have an interview, ask your interviewer or the receptionist about the organization’s dress code. If you feel uncomfortable doing this, it’s always better to be slightly overdressed. Plan to dress in business professional attire, in clean, properly-fitting clothes. Style your hair neatly. Make sure your shoes are clean and polished. Wear a watch and be conservative with your accessories.
It is really true that you never get a second chance to make a good first impression.