In the research that has been done, the people you meet form an impression of you in the first 5 to 35 seconds. What that means is they are judging you because it is easier to classify the world around them, you included, rather than create a new set of rules for every person they meet. This allows them to simplify the decisions they have to make on a regular basis.Clothes Make an Impression
A big part of the first impression that you make with others is the clothes you wear. I remember when I worked on a college campus, as I was finishing my master’s degree, that the undergraduate students as well as many of the younger staff who worked in the administrative offices, didn’t have a clue on how to dress professionally. They were not aware how it took away from their power of presence.Knowledge and Application
The key to looking professional in the environment where you are working, is knowledge and application. One of the best pieces of advice I can recommend to you is to find a good dress for success consultant and follow their advice. This could be from a upscale men’s or women’s clothing store (think Nordstroms). Another good place to look is online for a dress consultant. This person will save you time and money, as they advise you on finding the right clothes that fit you, and are right for your professional work environment.
Maria Vasilevsky, founding partner of Stilista, a consulting company on professional dress, gives an excellent video presentation on dressing for success. She discusses with graduating seniors from MIT, how college students should prepare their professional wardrobes for a new career. Check out her video here: http://bit.ly/gMNCny
Remember, “you only get one chance to make a good impression”, and the right clothes will help you do it right.
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Tom Borg is president of Tom Borg Consulting, LLC. He is a business consultant, speaker, coach and author. He helps companies and organization become more profitable by increasing their value and lowering their costs through the professional development of their managers and employees.