In today’s competitive and modern business world, it is highly essential to adhere with professional appearance and grooming for the workplace. If you have the desire to look your best at all times in social and professional settings.
Proper grooming and professional appearance are important to gain not just positive impression but also respect in the workplace. First impressions matter and the way you look and carry yourself create impact on people you get along with in the work setting. Proper grooming and professional appearance is important to both men and women. Lack of these may lead to poor image and may interfere with your chance of getting good impression and positive feedback from your workmates and superiors.
Many of us object to being judged for employment based on how we look. We prefer to be hired because of our skills and abilities, not because of our dress and grooming. BUT like it or not, appearance is important.
While the college campus may be the perfect forum in which to exhibit your flair for the latest in fashion style, the interview is not the place to do so. Even though many companies have relaxed the internal company dress code, interviews still follow the conservative standard.
It is also highly important to maintain professional appearance and image at all times. Proper grooming and professional appearance can certainly make you stand out and be ahead of the competition. You can achieve these by following these helpful tips:
First impressions are seldom more important than on a job interview. Before you have had a chance to discuss your skills, you have already been judged on your appearance and clothing. A job interview is not the place for a trendy fashion statement. Your prospective employer should see that you take the interview seriously and that you have taken care to look your best. To check out what is appropriate, visit the company beforehand to pick up an application or call the human resources department. If you are confident about your appearance, you will project the right professional image.
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You need to keep in mind the following basic guidelines for good grooming in the workplace:
- Take a shower to ensure you smell clean; wear antiperspirant or deodorant to combat potential body odour.
- Brush your teeth and gargle with mouth wash. Keep breath mints handy during the day – just in case.
- Blow dry your hair and use hair gel or hairspray to hold hair in place.
- For women: in order to maintain a professional and appropriate image at work, keep your makeup application “classic.” The high fashion make-up trends should be reserved for evenings only. Choose makeup colours that repeat your attractive personal colouring – in your hair, eyes, lips and cheek colour.
- For men: in order to maintain a professional and appropriate image at work, focus on being clean-shaven. Any facial hair you do have should be neatly trimmed and clean.
- Keep your nails clean, neatly cut and filed. If you wear nail polish, make sure it is not chipped or an outlandish colour that will be distracting within a professional environment.
- Care for your clothing; make sure all pieces you wear are clean, do not have any stains, and are neatly pressed.
- Check your clothes for hanging threads or missing buttons; repair as needed.
- Keep your shoes clean and polished.
- Make sure your clothes fit you properly. There should be about one inch of “give” in any piece of clothing you wear. If you feel your clothing is too tight or too loose, and you feel uncomfortable – this is the message you will convey, which can work against you rather than for you in meeting your personal or professional goals.
Given a choice between two equally talented individuals, corporations will choose the candidate with greater interpersonal & social grace to represent it. In fact, knowing how to treat others well is more important now than ever. After all, who we are shows in how we behave and how we appear to others. Etiquette and protocol do count in the business world, as no matter how brilliant an employee may be, his or her lack of social grace can make a bad first impression on clients & business associates.
Compiled by Nayab Naveed