Maybe you just finished school and are headed in search of a job in the real world. Maybe you are unemployed and looking to re-enter the job market, or maybe you just need a change. In any case you need to look sharp for the job search and interview process. Here’s how to do it:
1- That same haircut you’ve had since high school, you know, the spikes, or the mohawk or the bedhead look, snap out of it! You don’t look”cool” and at this age, it’s not about looking cool, its about looking classy and respectable. Visit a barbershop, yes I said barber and not a salon, men know how to cut men’s hair properly and ask for a classic side part, something like this. It’s timeless, and demands respect.
2-Wear a suit! And make sure it fits! If you have only one suit and it doesn’t quite fit right, use that tailor! Get the hem done, take in the extra material on the legs, arms, and torso and have the sleeves shortened if needed. Consider this, two guys go in for an interview, you tell me who looks more prepared and confident…exactly. And another thing to keep in mind, leave the black suit at home. Save it for formal events, for jobs, you want to go with navy, grey, or charcoal.
3-Shirt and tie! This should seem obvious but what I’m getting at is the the color of the shirt and knot of the tie. Remember the yellow shirt and yellow tie you wore to your prom? Burn it! Not appropriate for the adult world. Keep the shirt crisp white, with a spread collar, and the tie? Go for a power color like red with a subtle pattern, and use a nice powerful knot like the windsor or half windsor shown here:
|Shameless plug, this was my look of the day!|
4-Shine your shoes! Nothing looks worse than scuffed shoes worn with a nice suit. Refer back to previous posts for more on that.
5-Groom yourself! Cut your nails, shave or trim that beard to a respectable level. You’re not trying to be a member of the 2013 Red Sox, you’re trying to land a job!
6-After all that, you should be looking good and feeling confident about yourself, now go out there and show em what you’re made of junior!
Now maybe you’re wondering why I chose this topic. I chose it because I had an interview of my own today and reflected back on previous interviews I’ve had and come to realize that a few of my recent jobs were landed because I was as confident as ever due to being well-dressed and proper. I live by the motto “You only get one chance to make a first impression”. After all don’t you think a man like Roger Sterling would look as convincing and confident in a T-shirt and jeans? Didn’t think so.
Thanks for reading, look good, feel good, be dapper!