When I work from home, I don’t have to dress to impress and ocassionally I take a break from my office and sit on the sofa to hack away on my projects. However, when meeting new clients or interviewing for a new role, first impressions are important and how you dress and present yourself are often the first things people notice.
Wearing my favourite t-shirt and jeans makes me feel my most comfortable (and it is important to be comfortable in interviews) but that choice of outfit probably doesn’t give a great first impression. If the first impression is that I’ve not made an effort to present myself, how could that be interpreted?
If you don’t make an effort in your appearance, you wont’ make an effort on my project.
Most creative agencies and startups have a casual dress-code but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear something a little smarter for that initial face-to-face. That’s why today, I’m wearing a smart shirt, smart winter coat and shoes made of actual leather, rather than the trainers (fraying at the seams) that I usually wear.
When I work on a project, I give it my full care and attention and always want to produce top quality work that I’m proud of - what’s the point, otherwise? It can be hard to sell yourself in words (it is for me at least) so if what I wear can help support my values, so much the better.
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