Cracking the Dress Code

Cracking the Dress Code - Cracking the Code DRESS by James...

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Cracking the DRESS Code by James J. Owens Learn how to dress for career success WITHIN five seconds, people judge you on your appearance. It’s terrible to say, but it’s true,” says Holly Strool, personal image consultant at Nordstrom Westside Pavilion, an upscale fashion retailer in Los Angeles. Belinda Stubblefield, vice president of global diversity at Delta Air Lines in Atlanta, agrees. “In theory, appearance has nothing to do with one’s ability to succeed,” she notes. “But in reality, it impacts other people’s perceptions of you, which can affect your ability to progress.” Does dressing for success mean buying the most expensive, designer clothes? Not at all, but remember that quality shows. Invest in the best suits, shirts, shoes and accessories you can afford, but be a smart shopper and buy during sales. Also, remember that dressing for success is not just about your clothes. “People who smile, look excited, stand up to greet me and shake hands make good first impressions,” remarks Monica Stevens, vice president and MBA recruiting director at Wells Fargo in San Francisco. Actively involved in the National Black MBA Conference and the Consortium for the Graduate Study of Management, Stevens recruits at 12 schools nationwide. “You can have on a $1,000 suit,” she acids, “but if you’re frazzled, frowning or frightened out of your wits, you won’t make a good impression.” Dress to Impress So how should you dress for an interview or a first meeting? Stubblefield recommends researching the industry’s and company’s corporate culture, citing the popularity of casual dress at dotcoms. Although Delta has a casual dress code, for example, she recommends, “Bump it up
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  Tips for Women “Present yourself as a professional. Clothes should be fitted—not too short and not too
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This note was uploaded on 04/25/2010 for the course BUAD 302 taught by Professor Snyder during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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