It is more important now than ever to dress for success when entering the job market. The economy continues to suffer, and with so many out of work, applying for and acquiring a job has become more challenging. In a world of kill or be killed, you can just be killer if you follow a few tips specifically for women attempting to secure a position for themselves:
Research. This is an important skill for any area of your life, but it is especially essential before you can even begin your potential new job. The internet and a simple Google search can help you inform yourself about specifics of the industry you are looking into. You can perform covert operations and try to (subtly!) spy on workers already employed, paying particularly close attention to the way female employees are dressed. If not otherwise listed, always assume that you should dress professionally, which also means as conservatively as possible. Consider the length of your skirt or dress, and how much cleavage your blouse may or may not reveal. Keep your hemlines at no more than three inches above the knee. And remember that buttons are your friend!
Less is more. Especially where your hair and makeup are concerned. Your hair should be trimmed and neat. You are not making a fashion statement here: keep your hair a natural color (whether or not it is dyed), your nails trimmed, and your jewelry minimal. This means one earing per ear and as small and conservative as possible: no bling! Avoid loud colors or prints. When in doubt, avoid perfume, as it may prove to be an irritant to your prospective employer. And cover up those tattoos!
Dress. Pant and dress suits are perfectly acceptable, but make sure to follow the rules listed above for print selection and length of hem. Black or dark colors are usually seen as more professional. If the position you are looking at requires creativity, throw in a few colorful accessories to liven up your outfit, but don’t go overboard. Choose close-toed shoes without scuffs. Heels are okay so long as they aren’t stilettos. You should always wear nylons, or match your socks to the rest of your outfit (that means be consistent if you choose black: black shoes, socks, and belts … don’t mix browns and blacks!)
Brief case. Avoid backpacks. A black leather briefcase has always been held up as the classic standard. You may want to consider a dark coffee color as well, but keep no matter what, keep it conservative.
Hygiene. Brush your teeth and take a bath! This may sound like common sense, but it may give you a leg up above the competition. Keep a breath mint in your briefcase and put it in just before your interview. Make sure your fingernails are clean. Wear deodorant.
Overall, be confident. This is the job for you, and you are the best person to do it! Remember, dressing professionally will ensure a professional attitude. Now, go get ‘em, tigress!