Is Your Visual Resume Up To Scratch?
In a world of LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat it is all about how you look. Your visual resume. Whether you like it or not.
Within a split second people will make up their minds about you. If they like you, if they want to hire you, if they think you can do the job, if they want to go out with you.
Your appearance is your “visual resume”. It will either create and support your reputation as a capable professional or… undermine it.
No matter how kind, intelligent, suited for the job, you are. People “believe” what they see.
Horns and Halo
So when there is a conflict between your visual resume and your actual resume on paper, people will mostly believe the evidence before their eyes.
This thought process actually has a name, it is called the “horns and halo effect”.
Here some examples, attractive people are, on average, “thought” to be more intelligent even though this isn’t proven to be true. Overweight people are “thought” to be lazy, which is not the case.
You want to match your look to your resume and the job you are going for.
How to get dressed for Business?
Go with the flow of the business. Some industries like real estate, law and finance require a more conservative dress code with colours such as navy, black and grey.
Others like a tech start up might be more funky and relaxed look or government may be a smart casual and comfortable look.
If it is a new job, research the companies website or ask during your interview if there is a dress code. To connect with your clients you need to dress for your diary.
5 “Visual Resume” Style Tips For Women
- If you take the “TOO” out of your outfit you will always be looking great. Not too short, not too low-cut, not too much make up, not too high heels (if you can’t walk in them).
- Know what suits your shape by using the Style Angel free body shape calculator with many suitable style recommendations at your finger tips.
- Work on creating about 10 days worth of mix and match outfits so you never look the same. With fast fashion like Zara and H&M and The Iconic there are many options available and you can work your budget accordingly to what you can afford.
- If you are ready to move up the ladder then start to research what your boss’s bosses are wearing. If you dress the part of your next career move then you are one step closer.
- Be smart about the accessories you wear. Some accessories (like dangly long earrings) can be distracting in conversation. The best spot for a necklace is half way between the start of your neck and the start of your bust.
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