As humans we make the best decisions we can with the information available to us. Studies show that around 90% of the information we take in is visual (aside from the visually impaired). From a business perspective, that makes what you wear/how you dress an undeniably large factor in how other people see you; how they describe your image. Choosing what to wear has become somewhat more difficult nowadays as the evolution of things such as technology and culture have led to there being many more options than there used to be. Picking the right choice (professionally) among all of these options can be tricky. So if you’re looking to make a move professionally, read on to learn more about how to dress for the job you want.
Consistency is key when it comes to building the brand or reputation that you want your image to convey. This means that it’s not enough to make the right choice when it comes to how you dress only some of the time. It needs to be done all, if not most, of the time. Psychologists conclude that consistency is highly correlated with comfort, which is an important ingredient in business decisions for a number of reasons. This consistency is why you keep going back to your favorite coffee place, for example. They are probably consistent in how the employees dress, the décor of the establishment, and the presentation of their product, which makes you comfortable with them and desire to do business with them.
How exactly to translate the understanding for consistency into exact wardrobe choices can be a little tricky, especially for people who typically have not done so previously. They may have solely relied on the advice of others to inform their wardrobe choices or maybe they didn’t put a high importance on such choices. Picking out the correct thing to wear will vary more for women than for men and will vary further depending on the function of the job you’re interested in as well as well it sits in the company hierarchy. The most consistent piece of advice from those in-the-know is to model someone already in such a position.
Some people who choose to involve a recruiting or staffing agency when looking for a new job can have some of the work done for them when it comes to picking out what to wear. Staffing agencies typically fill positions for a network of hiring companies on an ongoing basis, which means that they have longstanding relationships with the companies and those who make hiring decisions. This means they can have an inside scoop on the type of professional attire will make the best impression.