HELLO FABULOUS WORKING FEMALES!
Wow, how exciting-my first blog post! This week, I will be covering a topic that I believe is crucial when it comes to your career:
Dress for the job you want, not the job you have
Have you ever heard the saying “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have”? It seems silly, but I live by this saying through and through. One of the most important things I’ve learned with working in an office environment is how you present yourself is JUST as important as performing your day to day job.
Now-in your normal day to day life, you could be the type of person who could care less about what people think about you based on your appearance. I sure am outside of work. The second I get home from work every day, I backflip out of my outfit and into a pair of sweatpants. I am the true depiction of when drake said “sweatpants, hair tied, chillen with no make-up on” when I get home from work.
*However, it’s absolutely not when I’m the prettiest-I hope that you don’t take that wrong. :)
I am all about embracing yourself and not caring what others think of you-I am a huge advocate for that. BUT-when it comes to your professional life, you should absolutely care what people think of you. Your reputation is very important in the workplace.
I say this all the time, and I will share it with you all. You could be the smartest person in the room, the most knowledgeable in your role, and more qualified than anyone else-but if you give off the wrong first impression, that can negatively affect you.
Picture this: you come in looking like you just rolled out of bed every day, and not many people know just how much potential you have simply because they haven’t gotten to know you yet. Then, you compete against someone for a role who comes into the office looking put together every day.
The impressions given here are:
· One comes in constantly unkempt. “I don’t know her that well, but based on what I've seen she must be unorganized and messy, since she comes off unorganized and messy.”
· One comes in constantly put together. “I don’t know her well either, but based on what I've seen she must be organized and have her act together, since she comes off put together.”
That’s not how it should be, and I’m not saying that happens all the time-but, it can happen. Just something to keep in mind.
Not only does dressing for the part give off a positive representation of who you are professionally, it also makes you more confident in yourself. When you have confidence, you are more likely to go out of your way to have a conversation with someone and make connections. You are more likely to have that extra pep in your step and feel motivated in your day to day. When you feel good about yourself, there is nothing that can stand in your way.
Styling your hair for work can go a LONG way for your look. I’m not saying you need to go into work with a fresh blowout every single day, but we all know having a good hair day can set the tone of any outfit! Look, I dye my hair (shocking, I know, I’m not naturally bleach blonde). Therefore, I don’t wash my hair every day. This is typically what I do:
· First day of wash: Blow dry, wear straight.
· Second day: Pull back straight hair into a slicked back ponytail or bun