When I was an assistant manager, I dressed like one. When I wanted to be a manager, I studied what managers wore—and general managers. I opted to dress like a general manager and was duly promoted, thus missing out on the manager’s position in between assistant and general. There is a style for every job. You may choose the job you want. Now you can choose to dress like that job. Then you will get that job. It is that simple. Just so long as when you get that job you can do that job— don’t fly until you can crawl.
I have held many interviews in my time for many different positions to be filled. I have never ceased to be amazed at how people dress for interviews. It’s almost as if they don’t want the job. I’ve seen interviewees for senior management positions turn up in a crumpled suit, an unironed shirt or blouse, unpolished shoes, and uncombed hair. I wouldn’t employ them as—here I have to be careful as I don’t want to insult any group of workers—ferret catchers.
I’ve seen interviews, again for senior management posts, where they turned up late, in the wrong place, on the wrong day, with the wrong information, and obviously for the wrong job.
I’ve held interviews for trainees where they turned up in tennis shoes—not quite what I had in mind.
Whatever job you are doing, you must have your eye on the next position up. Haven’t you? If you have your eye on that job, you must know who has that job now. Study that person. What does he wear? How does he dress? What style, level of smartness? Is there anything you could learn from the waythis person dresses? Can you start copying it now? And when I say copying it, I do mean learning to dress like that for real. If it means wearing a smart business suit, then get used to it.
There’s nothing worse than starting a new job and starting to wear a new style at the same time. It will be noticed that the collar doesn’t fit or the shoes seem too tight or strange, and that the level of smartness is all wrong for you—you’re always pulling the hem of your skirt down or straightening that tie that feels so strange to you.
YOU MAY CHOOSE THE JOB YOU WANT. NOW YOU CAN CHOOSE TO DRESS LIKE THAT JOB. THEN YOU WILL GET THAT JOB.