Dress for Success: What Exactly Does that Mean?

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You hear the term “Dress for Success” often in the business world. You hear it in every field and in every type of career even though not all positions require the same type of dress attire. So, how do you “Dress for Success”? First, make sure you dress appropriate for the job interview.

During or after your job interview you will discover what the appropriate dress will be for the company or department/position you are applying for, but until you know what that is, always err on the side of conservatism. Follow these guidelines, and you will never have to wonder if you dressed appropriately for the interview. In fact, if you have to ask yourself, “Is this right to wear,” then it’s not.

1. Start Building Your Wardrobe Now. If you are currently in college, start adding pieces as your budget permits, so you will have your business attire ready six months before graduation. What you should have in your wardrobe is a solid color conservative suit, dress, skirt or slacks. Add a coordinated shirt or blouse and moderate shoes. Men should add a couple of classic colorful neckties that show off their personality. It also shows you put some thought into coordinating your shirt and tie.

2. Always keep jewelry limited. If you wear rings, keep it to one ring per hand. If you wear earrings, wear only one earring in each ear, and if you are male, take your earrings out. And by all means, remove any facial piercings until you find out if the company you work for allows piercings.

3. Keep your makeup light, and nix the perfume or cologne.

4. Carry a nice portfolio or briefcase. Make sure you include copies of your resume and your portfolio of achievements.

Want to know more on how to “Dress for Success”? Attend our Dress for Success Workshop at the Rasmussen College Tampa/Brandon campus on Thursday, August 9 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. The workshop will offer tips on professional networking, and how to dress to be your best. You can also get make-up and skincare tips by a Mary Kay expert, even get an updated hair cut or hairstyle. Dress for Success of Tampa Bay will also have gently used suits and professional clothing available for those in need.

The workshop will get you ready for the Rasmussen College Career Expo on Thursday, August 16 where you will be able to meet more than 30 employers who are ready to meet you, see your resume, and possibly interview you on the spot! Join us and learn how you can present yourself, your background, and your skills as an entire professional package to employers and get that career you want.

LeeAnn Andronico

LeeAnn Andronico, MBA is a Career Services Advisor at Rasmussen College in Tampa/Brandon. She has worked in the field of higher education for over 2 years and has held various sales and management positions in the business side of medicine for over 15 years. Lee Ann has an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology in Management.

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