Life Lessons

Life Lessons: Preventing a poor first impression

According to research from Monster, employers make decisions about job applicants in under seven minutes.

Seventy percent said a candidate’s make-up matters for a first impression, and more than two-thirds of employers are immediately put off by tattoos. But besides the obvious, like avoid see-through fabric and clothes with holes in them, what are some other outfit mistakes you might be making?

Two big mistakes for a job interview; not ironing your clothes or forgetting to take a lint roller to them. Wrinkles or cat hair can make you look unprofessional.

Be sure you are rolling up your sleeves correctly, and avoid wearing too many accessories. And ladies, don’t wear your hair ties as bracelets.

Avoid wearing athletic shoes in non-athletic situations.

Be sure to wear clothes that fit correctly, not too tight or too loose. And don’t wear white clothing that isn’t white anymore.

Also be sure not to carry a massive bag, it can throw off the rest of your outfit.

And try not to adjust your outfit once you leave the house. Fidgeting is a sure way to turn a clean look messy.

Also, check that you haven’t missed any belt loops, and your shoes are clean with no holes or scratches.

Finally, do not show up with wet hair! It makes you look as though you were rushing out of the house.

Men, be sure to keep your facial hair cleaned up. Beards are back in style, but a grizzly-looking one will cost you a potential job or promotion. Women, be sure your bra straps aren’t visible. They are never appropriate in a professional setting.

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