AP9 BusinessMax Shares Some Tips to Help You Dress For Success When Job Hunting

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When you meet someone for the first time, or walk into a house you are thinking of buying, or read the first few sentences of a book, your mind takes about two seconds to jump to a series of conclusions.

When discussing a job interview, “dress for success” is probably one of the most overused phrases, and yet still the one that job seekers follow the least, reports AP9 Business Max, a leading small-business discount membership program offered by Adaptive Marketing LLC. Why does this happen? Many applicants think their resumes and previous achievements are going to do the trick, while others are so busy trying to learn about the company they’re interviewing for that they take little time to think about what to wear.

It may sound vain or irrelevant, but a smart fashion statement with the right attire could put you a couple of steps ahead of the other candidates and make a positive first impression. In his book “Blink,” author Malcolm Gladwell studies the importance of the thinking process that happens in the blink of an eye: “When you meet someone for the first time, or walk into a house you are thinking of buying, or read the first few sentences of a book, your mind takes about two seconds to jump to a series of conclusions.” In a job interview, you want those conclusions to be positive ones.

So what should you wear to a job interview or to visit a client for a sales pitch? In both cases, you are selling yourself as a product, so a first impression can open the door to a bright future or close it right in your face. AP9 BusinessMax has some important tips on interview fashions:

-- The safest path. Dressing on the conservative side is always your best bet. Regardless of the dress code of the organization, it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. They will see you making an effort to look good and coming with your best foot forward.

-- Ask around. Do some research about the dress code of the place you’re interviewing for; call their Human Resources department and ask, or get the info from someone you know in the organization. Once you know what they expect from their employees, take a good look at your wardrobe, and determine whether what you have is appropriate. If not, consider getting a new outfit.

-- Comfort in your own shoes. Comfort is an important feature to consider when getting dressed for an interview. If the dress code of the company goes against your personal fashion choices and lifestyle to the point where it will be a daily burden for you if you get the job, consider canceling the interview for good.

-- Men and ties. Some organizations swear by the tie, while others don’t even want to see them on visitors, but the classic interview look requires one, at least 80% of the time. Men should look for a classic 2-piece suit (blue, black or gray are good colors to pick), and pay attention to their hair, nails and shoes. Little or no aftershave or cologne is recommended.

-- Women and short skirts. Mini-skirts are a big no-no for job interviews. Depending on seating arrangements, they can be uncomfortable not only for the applicant but also for the interviewer. If you feel more feminine and confident with a skirt, choose a pencil skirt suit that ends right below the knee. Most specialists recommend a solid-color pantsuit with a coordinated blouse (cleavage is forbidden), moderate shoes, limited jewelry, soft make-up and well-combed hair.

-- Non-traditional. Some industries, especially those dedicated to the artsy, creative type (e.g., advertising agencies, graphic or interior design, TV production, etc.) usually aren’t too conservative, so showing up overdressed might work against you. The idea is to look like you’ll fit right into the company, and that balance takes some preparation to achieve. For these cases, it’s also recommended that you take a little time digging through the closet, looking for pieces that will give you a clean, professional look, with a little bit of an edge. Tattoos and body piercing can be displayed after the job is yours and other coworkers are doing the same.

AP9 Business Max offers members significant, year-round discounts on supplies, business resources, healthcare needs and much more, via online access through DealPass.com. Good luck on your job search, wishes AP9 BusinessMax.

About AP9 BusinessMax

AP9 Business Max is a leading membership discount program offered by Adaptive Marketing LLC. Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., Adaptive Marketing is a category leader in both membership and loyalty programs, bringing value direct to consumers through an array of benefits in healthcare, discounts, security, personal property and personals. Members may access their benefits at DealPass, an online portal for Adaptive Marketing membership programs. With broad online and offline distribution capabilities, Adaptive Marketing offers its corporate client partners effective tools to enhance market presence, strengthen customer affinity and generate additional value through programs, such as AP9 BusinessMax.

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