will a hiring manager think when she takes her first look at you? In her
book You've Only Got Three Seconds, Camille Lavington argues that you when
you first meet someone you only have 3 seconds before "that person has
already made irreversible judgments." Lavington writes that having
self-confidence, a positive attitude, and a
neat appearance are all critical to a positive
impression. No where is that more true nowadays than at a
Competition for work is tough. According to the Economic Policy Institute,
there were still 4 job seekers for every one job that was available in the
summer of 2011. Once
you have an interview it makes sense to give yourself every advantage
possible in order to make sure you are the one getting the job offer.
Looking the part.
One key component of getting a job offer is making sure you look the part.
Every job has particular dress requirements. Degrees.com stated, "The key
for a great job interview outfit is to look like you already work at the
company." Not sure what appropriate interview dress for a particular
company is? Samantha Erikson, a
Pittsburgh graphic designer, stated that
days before her interview she went as far as driving past the employee
entrance several times to see how employees were dressing. Regardless of
what job you are applying for you want to
look professional at your interview.
Recession, first time interviews,
and your closet.
Over the last several years many people have found themselves looking for
work for the first time in a long time. The recession left up to 14
million people unemployed at one time. At the same time many people were
entering the workforce for the first time for a variety of other reasons.
Perhaps they graduated school, had children that no longer needed care, or
were trying to earn extra income because a spouse lost their job.
Whatever the reason was for looking for work many people found that they
didn't have appropriate clothing for a
job interview let along meeting the
dress standards of a new employer. At the same time they wrestled with
this dilemma they found themselves in a situation where money for new
clothing was non-existent.
Dress For Success
For the last five years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
Dress For Success has
provided appropriate work clothing for economically disadvantaged women.
If you have an interview already set up, but are concerned you lack
appropriate clothing for that job, contact
Dress For Success. They live up
to their logo of "Suits to Self-Sufficiency". Clients can receive a suit,
shoes, and appropriate accessories for their job interview. If the
Dress For Success client gets the job and needs a particular style of clothing
(for example, scrubs in a health care setting) she will receive up to
3 additional outfits for work.
Realize that your personal appearance sends a message about you and how
seriously you take the job you are applying for. If you can not
afford clothing for a new job, don't let that be a barrier that holds you
back. Visit http://www.dressforsuccess.org/.