Career Success: Tweet #71

This tweet is pretty self explanatory, so this will be a brief post.  That doesn’t mean that the career advice isn’t important though.

If you’re like most people and work for a large company, you’ll notice that your senior executives dress well.  Most days, they’ll be wearing a suit.  You don’t have to wear suits all the time, but you should follow their example.

In general, you’ll find that executives wear clothing that fits well, is clean and in good repair – you should too.  Here are a few of my best tips for dressing like an executive.  They are good career advice for anyone who aspires to becoming an executive.

If you’re a man…

Wear nicely tailored wool slacks – not khakis.
Wear long-sleeved collared shirts – not golf shirts.
Tuck in your shirt.
Wear a tie every couple of days.
Keep your shoes shined.  Wear tasseled loafers or brogues.

If you’re a woman…

Wear a conservative hem – no more than two inches above the knee.
Make sure your blouses fit, that they don’t gap.
Wear heels that are no more than two inches high.
Wear hose that are flesh color or darker.
Make up should be understated.  Wear a mild fragrance.

There are exceptions to any rule.  Steve Jobs, Apple CEO, comes to mind.  His business attire seems to consist of black mock turtle necks, jeans and sneakers.  If you work for Apple you might be able to get away with this type of attire.

However, you probably don’t work for Apple.  You probably work for a large company where the executives dress more conservatively.  That means you should follow their lead.

The common sense career success coach point here is simple.  Successful people create positive personal impact.  Your attire has a lot to do with the personal impact you create.  Follow the advice in Tweet 71 in Success Tweets.  “Observe successful people in your organization.  What do they wear?  Dress like them and you won’t go wrong.”  This is important career advice.  If you follow the lead of senior executives and other successful people when it comes to your attire, you’ll be a step ahead of the game.  Sometimes this means dressing up more than you would like.  But, it will put you on the road to the life and career success you want and deserve.

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