Dress to Impress: How to be Taken Seriously in Life

Posted by ENC Student Life on Sep 26, 2016 7:22:00 AM

In college, you can get away with sweatpants, an old sweatshirt, and slippers. Not so in the post-graduation world. Getting a real world job requires you to look like an actual adult. From the moment you graduate, everyone you meet is a potential employer, client, or professional contact. How you present yourself is a big part of how you will be treated in your career, so dress to impress! 

Wear dress shoes – A sure sign of newbie vs a tried and true professional is their footwear. Real adults with real jobs wear real work appropriate shoes. That means no flip flops, no sandals, no sneakers or slides or falling apart flats. If you're a guy and you're wearing a suit, wear dress shoes and dark socks. No exceptions. If you're a girl, wear heels or wedges. Dress as if the CEO is interviewing you personally.  

Do your hair – Guy or girl, don't forget to do your hair. Put your hair up, put some gel in it, whatever you do, just do it. It might seem small, but it shows a little extra effort was put in to your presentation and that you care about this interaction.  

Pronounce your words – There is nothing more frustrating than having a conversation with someone when you can't understand a word they're saying. Whether you're in an interview, or just meeting with a professional contact, it never hurts to enunciate your words. You'll sound clearer and more articulate when each word is pronounced.  

Speak slowly and deliberately – This rule is especially important for an interview situation. People tend to talk quickly when they get nervous and that makes it hard to carry a conversation. Think about your words and only spit out the ones that need to be said. Try not to babble. Make sure everything you say have value.  

When in doubt dress up – It's better to show up overdressed than under dressed. People automatically respect the guy who shoes up in a full suit or the girl in a nice dress and heels. Show up in ripped jeans and dirty sneakers and you're not going to be anyone's first pick when it comes time to hire.  

Have examples of your work – Have examples of a time you were successful stored in the back of your mind ready to bring out when needed. Someone might not come right out and ask you for a list of experiences, but by reading your audience you can potentially work your credentials into a conversation.  

Preparing for a big interview? Contact the Brickley Center Center for tips on cover letters, resumes, and even interview pointers.  


Written by ENC Student Life

Student life in Quincy, MA at Eastern Nazarene College - Empowering students, enriching lives, and educating the next generation. The mission of Student Development at Eastern Nazarene College is to support the mission of the College by fostering a distinctly Christian living and learning community that facilitates the holistic development of students. Valuing the diversity of our students we seek to cultivate and empower their personal growth, health, and success in order to enrich their total learning experience and prepare them to lead and serve in the world.

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Topics: Internship and Job Opportunities, Adulting, Beyond Graduation