If you are looking for a new career, then the chances are you are going to be sitting plenty of interviews. Even those who are swapping to a different company, who have 20 years experience will have to go through this process. Unless you have been headhunted, then it is an inevitable part of getting a job.
This can be a problem for some of us. Obvious reasons may be that you are a nervous or shy person and that can cause you to deliver a slightly less exciting version of yourself. However, there are less obvious reasons too. Such as the way we look or dress.
Society has changed a lot since the 1950s. The suit was a very simple thing, and dressing for work was as simple as putting on a uniform and heading out for the day. Things today are not the same, we have so many different careers which demand a different style. The average suit is anything but average and women aren’t forced into a skirt and high heels. The other major change comes through our appearance. Body piercings are more common and accepted. Even the straightest of gentlemen can have a full tattoo sleeve, and of course, women have got expressive with their hair. Pink, gray, and blue are no longer colors worn only by punks and you don’t have to have a job in the creative or beauty industry to rock an alternative style. There are teachers, police officers and shop assistants rocking amazing hues in their hair.
So, how do we bag our dream job if we have a unique style and appearance?
Firstly, our resumes say the most about our skills. Make sure this covers everything that counts. You could get some expert help to ensure you have made the most out of your experience and expertise. Don’t forget to put transferable skills you learned in other careers down too. Your resume is going to be the very first introduction to who you are. Quite often people attach a photo to their CV. If you are thinking about this, then don’t create an image which is a lie. By all means, remove your piercings and tone down your hair, but if you aren’t going to head to your interview like this, then you are better off giving an accurate image of yourself.
If you have tattoos, then keep them covered where you can, ensure your facial piercings are as subtle as you can make them. A great look for anyone with a more alternative style is to make your clothing chic and sophisticated, a white shirt with the sleeves rolled to ¾ length and a black pencil skirt, will give you elegance but show your bad ass side off a little.
Be you. That is the most important thing. Let your personality and your skills shine through. It is sad that the way you look is going to be one of the first things people judge you on, but it is a fact of life. However, if your potential new employer wants you, he will accept you as you are. If he can’t? Would you have been happy in that role, going to work as someone else every day?