The Do’s and Don’ts of Professional Dress: What Every Employer and Employee Should Know

October 27, 2009 4-6 p.m.
What can employers ask you to wear and what should you wear?  Interviewing for a job and dressing for success is stressful.   When you pick one outfit or another, you are sending a message.  And, whether you like it or not, employers are receiving that message.  This seminar will provide helpful tips and tricks for assembling professional attire that will help you convey the image you are looking for.

We’ll also provide a quick summary of the employer’s point of view.  Employers speak to the world through their employees, and they want to set the tone for those conversations…starting with your appearance!  What can employers require, within the confines of the law, by way of dress code and appearance policy? This seminar will help employees learn how to give employers what they want, and will provide employers with a guide to what they can regulate, so that both employees and employers find what they seek…success!

This presentation will be in cooperation with Laura Hazen. Laura is a Director with the law firm of Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC. She serves as the head of the Child Care / Early Education Practice Group, and focuses on regulatory, licensing and employment issues.

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2 comments on “The Do’s and Don’ts of Professional Dress: What Every Employer and Employee Should Know

  1. What is the safest outfit to interview in if you don’t know anything about the corporate culture? My navy skirted suit seems too much for these more casual times! What about good black wool slacks, a white blouse, and either a black/gray nubby jacket or an aqua jacket? (I have great blue eyes.) What do you recommend? HELP!

  2. Jan,
    Is there any way you can ask either your interviewer or the HR manger how they like to see their job candidates dressed? Even if you knew the corporate culture of the company, I would still recommend asking. The answers might surprise you. You might feel awkward asking, but you will only be seen as serious about the job. If you can’t contact the company at all, I would be apt to recommend the navy suit if it is updated. You need to inject some of your personal style into your ensemble, though to keep it from being too blah. You also need to be extremely psychologically comfortable with what you’re wearing, so if you would feel more confident in the slacks vs the skirt suit, fine; but only if you’re able to wear stylish heels with the pants. Finally, I would opt for the gray/black jacket over the aqua jacket, as it would be more subtle, more suit-like. I hope this helps!

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