Grooming for Employment ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ A job applicant’s dress and grooming can be important — 888/258-9966 (toll free) and sometimes even critical — factors in an employer’s hiring decision. www.wisconsinjobcenter.org To many employers, first impressions still count. Poor per- email@example.com sonal appearance and careless dress at an interview are major factors leading to the rejection of applicants. In fact, in one major survey: employer may assume you are careless about other things. He or • 95% of the employers inter- she may think you lack initiative, viewed said a jobseeker’s may need close supervision, and personal appearance affected may not be a good employee. the employer’s opinion of that applicant’s suitability for the Dress to project the image you job. want the employer to receive. 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The first impres- the type of work you will be doing. sion you will make on an employer There are various standards of may be based on your appearance. dress, each valid for different kinds of jobs. DWSJ-4814-P (R. 07/2003) If you appear for an interview carelessly-groomed, a potential To obtain single copies of this publication, visit your nearest Wisconsin Job Center. For multiple copies of this or other Wisconsin Job Center publications, contact Document Sales at 1-800-DOC-SALE (Visa/MasterCard accepted). We invite your comments. Send an e-mail message to: firstname.lastname@example.org For instance, employers hiring workers to unload One final tip: Many em- box cars, or work in a factory, may not want to ployers seem to regard a hire the person who looks “too dressed up.” neat and clean appear- ance as being at least as On the other hand, don’t wear overalls or blue important as the type of jeans if you are applying for an office or sales clothes worn. position. You may be giving the impression that you really want a laboring job. Grooming tips (Jeans, in fact, appear to be regarded by many Here is a grooming check employers as unacceptable for job interviews, list to use before job period! Other unacceptable factors listed in one interviews: survey included open-necked shirts or open or • Hair should be neatly low necklines, a “no bra” look, and tennis shoes combed, or properly or sandals.) arranged. • Be clean-shaven or trimmed, Prior to your interview, you probably will be or use fresh make-up. learning about the company for which you hope • Teeth should be brushed, breath to work. This is a good time to get an idea of the fresh. appropriate dress there. If you dress as other • Wear clean clothing. employees do, you will give the interviewer the • Clothes should be pressed and neat- impression you likely will “fit in.” looking. If you apply for a job with a company where the • Shoes should be shined. employees wear suits or dresses and you dress • Face, hands and fingernails should be casually for your interview, your chances of clean. obtaining the job probably will be diminished — regardless of your qualifications. Once the Job is Yours ... Don’t forget about your grooming once you’ve In a few situations, casual dress is standard and been hired. may even be desirable. But in these instances, dressing too casually should be avoided. Despite an apparent trend towards more free- dom of expression in dress in today’s society, There are no hard-and-fast rules to guide you as many employers have kept dress codes. to the most appropriate way to dress, but you ought to consider the following advice. As soon as you’ve been hired, find out whether your employer has a dress code. Some codes When dressing for an interview, it usually is best are written out, but others are “just understood.” to dress conservatively. If you wear loud colors Your dress and grooming also may affect the or faddish clothes, the interviewer may remem- initial friendships you form on your new job. ber your clothes, but not your name or qualifica- tions. This is an unnecessary obstacle to getting Dress extremes may attract some people, but the job you want. Common sense and simple turn others off. good taste are the best guidelines to follow. And while it appears that dress and grooming rarely are the major factors involved when It may be a good idea to have more than one workers are fired, 1 out of 5 employers in one outfit for interviews. If you have more than one, survey said that both has at least some impact you will not have to worry in case of a spill or a on firing decisions. rip. Also some employers may want to interview you more than once and you may not want to All in all, dress and grooming are important to wear the same outfit each time. most employers, whether they are looking at job applications or current employees. A Proud Member of America’s Workforce NetworkSM Toll Free Help Line 1-877 US-2JOBS (TTY 887/889-JOBS) The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. If you have a disability and need to access this information in an alternate format or need it translated to another language, please contact the DWD Equal Employment Opportunities office (e-mail: email@example.com).