Putting your best foot forward in life is important, particularly in the workplace. Hooking a career is a lot more difficult now then ever, so it is more vital than ever to dress for success.
That’s right. What you wear to work and to job interviews still matters. Yes, a lot more people are telecommuting. More people are arriving to work in jeans and t-shirts. However, that doesn’t mean that you should dress casually for an interview.
Here is an easy rule for any interview: Overdressed is far better than under-dressed. Even though you are interviewing for a company that has a relaxed working environment, you still should wear proper business attire for the interview. The better dressed you are, the more you show yourself off as someone who is serious about their career and this particular job. If you show up for an interview dressed down, you’re starting from a weaker position.
Then you have the workplace itself. If you work in a casual environment, one in which formal business attire is not needed, it is possible to still dress for success. This may seem obvious, but always wear clean clothes. Resist the urge to put on last night’s jeans. Try to always think about the clothes you are wearing, something that looks good, or is business casual clothes. Looking sharp sets you apart as a professional.
Of course, you still have to be a good worker. You may be the best-dressed person in the world, but it will not help you if you don’t do your job well. All things being equal, the better-dressed employee will certainly make the better impression.