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Does the way you dress really matter?

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Dressing professionally demonstrates respect, and also shows people that you take yourself seriously.  It can also boost your own self-confidence during the interview or a meeting. In the workplace, the way you dress is important because it affects how others perceive you.  If your clothes are clean, neat and professional, it shows that you take pride in yourself and your position.  When meeting with a superior or a client, your professional dress instills confidence in them about your abilities.

In fact, according to one survey  (careerbuilder.com), 93 percent of executives believe that ones style of dress at work influences his or her chances of promoting or working with a well dressed or groomed person.

These days, there is a wide range of acceptable dress in the workplace, from very casual to formal.  You should familiarize yourself with the employer’s dress policy, and be observant of the company’s culture. In both an interview and in the workplace, it is always best to err on the side of caution.  When in doubt, select more professional, conservative clothing.

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Appropriate dress, along with basic etiquette, is one of the most common associations made to professionalism. We form first impressions and overall judgments about people by the way they dress. If the way someone dresses affects the perception of your company’s customers or business partners, it is important to maintain a standard of dress that creates a positive impression. No standard or casual dress standards may make employees comfortable, but the point of professionalism and etiquette is to make others comfortable.

The importance of a dress code for professionalism varies somewhat by industry, but the correlation between the two is generally strong. Some companies prefer to allow employees to dress freely or casually for comfort, which works in more creative work environments. However, companies in which employees routinely interact with prospects, clients and business partners typically need a dress code to maintain a professional image. Small businesses may benefit by maintaining a strong professional image as people most likely to buy into the person more than the actual business.

Go to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/beatmagazinesa) and share your professional attire with us ad use the hashtag #MyProfessionalAttire and tag us @BEATMagazineSA for all social media platforms.

source: Career Builder

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