College is a great time to look for a part-time job and an internship. As you are getting ready for the real world, understanding what is considered professional is imperative. It can determine whether or not you land the position. You don’t have to dress in the latest trends, but dress to impress.
1) The shirt: A button-up shirt is the most ideal. It gives you a clean look that states you’re serious about the job and care about how your image represents the company. Go for solid colors to make a bold impression.
2) Accessories: For men, it is strongly encouraged to stick to a tie. When in doubt, wear a plain tie. For women, keep big jewelry to a minimum. A simple necklace and studded earrings are plenty to top off your outfit.
3) The suit or dress: If you wear a full suit or dress, don’t look like you are going to your high school prom. Keep it simple. For women, if you decide to wear a pencil skirt, make sure it is not too tight or short. Tip: Dry clean, iron and roll the lint off of your outfit.
4) Shoes and socks: Do not wear flip-flops or sneakers. Polished dress shoes and matching socks are a must. For women, don’t wear flats and stick to three-inch heels . If you look professional, you will feel professional.
5) Hair: Shaggy or tangled hair shows the employer that you lack personal hygiene. If you look like you haven’t showered, you are giving an impression that you do not care about getting the job. For women, either put your hair up or half-up and half-down.
6) Deodorant: Wear deodorant. This is pretty self-explanatory.
Landing the interview already shows that the company is considering you. Going to an interview is similar to going on a blind date.
You want to make a great first impression and show that you are interested. By dressing to impress, you drastically increase your likelihood of landing your dream job.