When you are working to reach your goals in terms of your career, they say you should “dress for the job you want, not the one you have”. But is this actually the case in the modern working environment? Is this a very outdated notion? Let’s look at what you what you really need to consider in this situation.
Is Imitation the Sincerest Form of Flattery?
When we look to our line managers or bosses, we may see them dressed in cashmere sweaters or designer dresses, but we must remember that if we are dressing for the job that we want, it sends a clear message to the people up high that we are imitating them. But if we are imitating someone, this may not give the right impression. When you are wanting to up level in you career it’s far more important to be subtle and put the work in and achieve results to get to where you aspire to be. If you are dressing exactly like someone in an attempt to flatter them, this could ring many alarm bells.
Are You Overdressed, Especially in a Job Interview?
When you apply for a job, you want to give a good first impression, but these days, there are so many organizations that operate on a smart casual basis, or completely dressed down, that if you go to a job interview, and you are overdressed, this can get particularly awkward. If you dress more formally than your interviewers, it can send the wrong message. On the flip side, if you are overdressed, you may think that you are showing willingness, but it may show that you do not fit in with those types of people. It’s always a good idea to do your research and check out the companies values and working environment before you head to the interview.
What Is the Actual Dress Code Where You Are?
Dressing for the job you want if you are in an entry-level position may not be getting noticed the way you think you should. It’s far better to get noticed by the work you do, rather than how you look.