With most careers, if you want to be taken seriously in your field, you have to look and act the part. This means that although you might have the skills to do everything necessary for your position, if you come to work unshowered, in sweat pants, and don’t communicate correctly, all that you can do may be overshadowed by your appearance and attitude. So to help you get all the opportunities you deserve in your career, here are three ways that you can appear more professional in the workplace.
Wear Clothes That Fit
Regardless of where you’re working or what kind of work you’re doing, as long as you’re wearing clothes that fit you, you’re going to look good. According to Dorie Clark, a contributor to Forbes.com, clothes that fit either too baggy or too tight can make a person look very unprofessional, even if the actual clothing is meant for professionals. Knowing this, it’s a good idea to find a store that sells clothes you can wear to work in sizes that fit you and complement your body. And if you can’t, find a tailor who can help you alter your clothes so they fit you like a glove.
Use An Email Signature
Apart from looking professional in person, you should also be concerned with looking professional during your communications with others, even if they’re not seeing you in person. To do this, Carolyn Steber, a contributor to the Bustle, recommends that you take care when writing business emails and that you use an email signature to close your professional correspondence. Not only does having an email signature make it easy for you to end your emails in a professional manner, but it also gives your email recipients all the information they need to get back in contact with you if necessary, which could make your job easier in the future.
Have A Classic Suit
When in doubt of your professional look, it’s always safe to go with a classic suit and accessories, like a watch. According to Meghan Blalock, a contributor to WhoWhatWear.com, having a classic business suit that you can wear during any season and for any occasion can help take your professionalism to the next level. And if you’re worried about how you can make yourself stand out when dressed like everyone else in the corporate world, you can always add your own signature piece through an accessory that will give your look a flair and individuality.
If you recognize that your career could improve if you were only taken more seriously at work, use the tips mentioned above to start looking the part so you can start playing the part.
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