Prospective Leaders

Does Your Image Portray Professionalism?

The work attire today has a wide range of images.  Some may consider the formal professional attire may be less liked, but the image it portrays clearly shouts “Success”.

Many in business far prefer a less formal dress code, with no tie, no suit, and a jacket being used or not.  More offices are going this direction as the clothes are less expensive and more relaxed.  However, there are some professions who still insist on the structured professional suit or dress and jacket.

Other professionals, especially IT, engineers, architects, etc. are going with a much more relaxed casual dress code.  This type of business attire is gaining in popularity.  However, if an important meeting or business event is called, these people will revert back to the “formal dress code”.  A suit or dress and jacket is still viewed as an image of serious or important business.

What does that say then about how these different work images are viewed by other business persons or customers?  Are those dressed in more formal attire (i.e. suit and tie) considered more important or better, higher ranking professionals?

It is said that a person has ONE chance for a “first impression”.  If that is true, how do you want others to view you?  If one man is clean shaven, has well groomed hair, and dressed in a nice looking suit and tie, compared to a man who has 2-3 days of facial hair, less cared for hair, shirt, pants but no coat or tie, who do you think a customer would choose with whom to work?

OR if a customer met a woman with nicely-styled hair and wearing either a nice suit or dress with jacket verses meeting another business woman, who is casually dressed, less flattering clothes, hair needing groomed, etc., which woman do you believe most would choose for business?

Both situations may include good and credible working individuals, but what impact does appearance have on their business capabilities?  Chances are a business would be wise to hire and train employees on the benefits and value of professional attire.  In return those selected employees should find this to help them be more successful.

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