It’s probably one of the most over-used phrases in job hunting, but also one of the most underutilized by job-seekers: dressfor success. In job hunting, first impressions are critical. Remember, you are marketing a product – yourself – to a potentional employer, and the first thing the employer sees is your attire. Therefore, you must make every effort to dress appropriately. Will dressing properly guarantee you the job? Of course not, but it will provide you with a competitive edge and positive first impression!

Attention to detail is crucial, so here are some tips for both men and women.

Make sure you have:

  • Clean and polished conservative dress shoes
  • Neatly styled hair
  • Cleaned and trimmed fingernails
  • Minimal cologne or perfume
  • No visibile body piercing beyond conservative ear piercings for women
  • Well-brushed teeth and fresh breath
  • No gum, candy or other objects in your mouth
  • Minimal jewelery
  • No body odor

Finally, check your attire in the restroom right before your interview for a final check of your appearance.

Tips specifically for women:

  • Wear a conservative colors such as grey, navy, beige and black
  • If possible, a skirt and pant suit should be worn
  • If wearing a skirt, the length should conservative
  • High heels should be low-heeled
  • Make-up should be minimal
  • Lipstick and nail polish should be kept to conservative colors
  • Pantyhose should be flawless and free of runs
  • Opt for a briefcase instead of a purse

Tips specifically for men:

  • If possible, a conservatively colored suit should be worn with white button down shirt and tie
  • Beards and mustaches should be neatly trimmed and combed
  • Belt and shoes should match in color
  • All body piercings, including ears, should be removed