You want the job. You think you've got what it takes. But do you look like you do? It's one of the most overused phrases in the teenage job search, but it is also one of the most underutilized by job seekers: dress for success during the teenage job search! Just as important as your experience and skills and talents are in determining whether you are hired, is how you present yourself. A recent study conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that 44% of employers say it's a job candidate's general demeanor that first gets their attention during an interview. What you wear during your teenage job search plays an extremely important supporting role. Should what you are wearing be so important? Perhaps not. But first impressions are critical in your teenage job search. Looking your best is a compliment to the person you're meeting. Employers are always using shortcuts quickly —reading the first paragraph of your cover letter, scanning a list of your accomplishments on your resume. At the interview, it is how you are dressed that sets the tone. Appropriate attire reinforces your image as a person who takes the interview seriously. While it is not a party or a date, you should dress better than you might need to. A rule of thumb is to dress two levels above the position you're interviewing for. We've compiled a list of Dos and Don'ts to help you choose a job-winning outfit for your teenage job search. Do wear during your teenage job search: Skirts, no higher than an inch above the knee, preferably with stockings Tops, long or short sleeves with a conservative neckline Clean and polished stylish shoes with a moderate heel Tastefully-applied makeup that's not too noticeable No more than one ring on each hand One set of earrings only Clean and trimmed fingernails, if polished make sure it's clear or a conservative color A business suit or a blazer if you already own one
Do not wear during your teenage job search: Mini skirts Sandals Heavy perfume Quirky accessories Large banana clips in your hair Body piercings or tattoos that show Workout attire Leather pants or leather skirts Tank tops, halter tops, tee shirts Anything clingy or low cut Accessories that clang or makeup that glitters Do you have to dress for a phone interview? Yes! Dressing for success doesn't only apply to the teenage job search. If you're home in your sweats sitting on the couch, you're a lot more apt to use words like "yeah" and be informal. Sit up straight with your notes in front of you. Whether you're on the telephone or face-to-face, don't chew gum or suck on candy.
Keep in mind, if you are primarily remembered during your teenage job search for what you were wearing, chances are it was probably too center stage. Minimal is the name of the game —in scent, makeup, jewelry, and nail polish. Have an older person approve of your outfit before your teenage job search. As many times as you hear it, it still rings true: you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Besides, when you dress with confidence, you more confident and will be able to perform better during your teenage job search. feel
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