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People pay attention to your clothing, personal care and general appearance, and this plays a huge role in making a good first impression. It’s been proven that the most professionally dressed people typically make the best impressions. And it’s these best dressed who build the most respect and trust with their superiors, co-workers and customers.
A recent article in the Huffington Post said,
“In a business setting, your appearance matters. Your image educates others on how you want to be approached. Every time you go out, you reflect an image that tells others how to treat you.”
Every workplace or environment has a written and unwritten code about the way you’re expected to dress. When you dress professionally and appropriately, it helps generate trust and respect in the work that you perform. It tells the people around you that “you’re one of us and you can be trusted.”
Your clothing should always be clean, neat, and pressed. Shoes should be polished. Hair should be trimmed and styled. All of these things create a great first impression. One thing to avoid is clothing that is too flashy. It creates a sense of distrust and disrespect, and at the very least, can be distracting.
One key tip: Studies show those who dress the part of one or two levels above their current role are the ones who most often get promotions and raises. If you really want to move up in your career, dress for the role you want, not for the role you have.
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