12 Jun Dress the Part to Land that Job
It does not matter where you are in the world, if you are trying to find a job you will normally end up having to speak to someone face to face before you get hired. Sometimes you will be lucky and will land a job following a casual conversation in a bar. Most of the time, you will find yourself going from place to place asking if there are any jobs, or replying to vacancy adverts.
In all of these situations, you will need to make a good first impression to stand any chances of landing the job. That means you have to look the part when you speak to the person who is going to decide whether you will be hired or not.
Tailor what you wear to the job you are applying for
You have to take the time to dress appropriately. It is highly unlikely that you will land a job in an office if you turn up to the interview wearing swim shorts and a t-shirt.
It is important to look smart, but that does not necessarily mean that you should wear a suit. For example, if you are applying for a job in a trendy city bar, you are not likely to be offered the position if you turn up to the interview wearing a stuffy business suit. A far better approach is to dress in a way that reflects how the bar´s current members of staff dress.
Whereas, if you were applying to work in the bar of a five-star hotel, dressing in a well tailored suit is more likely to be the right approach. This article provides you with some further guidance on how to get the tone of your outfit right for the type of job you are applying for.
Bear in mind local customs
In addition, if you are applying for a job in a different country you need to familiarise yourself with how the locales dress for job interviews. Once you have done this you should follow their example as closely as possible.
Immaculate grooming is essential
It does not matter whether you are applying to be an agricultural worker, or office manager you need to get your grooming right. You are far more likely to land a job if you are clean and tidy. However, you still need to think about the kind of job you are trying to secure and groom yourself accordingly. For example, if you are applying for a job in construction, it would not be wise to have a full manicure the day before the interview, but it would be a good idea to cut and clean your nails.
Dressing for a job interview while on the road
If, like me, you are travelling from place to place, and are looking for work, it is worth packing a good quality shirt, and a pair of chino style trousers. Provided you keep them clean and neatly folded you can use this outfit for most job interviews. On the other hand, if you are applying for a job in an office or a high end hotel or restaurant it is usually wise to buy a 2nd hand suit, get it cleaned and wear that instead.