It’s always at least a little nerve wracking when you are starting a new job. For one thing, you don’t quite know what’s coming up or who you are going to meet, and whether you will even get on with them at all. And then there is the question of how to dress for that first day. You will probably be keen to make a good first impression, and to feel confident in yourself, but how can you make sure of both of those things? There are a few things that are worth bearing in mind when you are dressing for your first day, and we’ll look at them now in some detail.
Veer On The Side Of Professionalism
One of the major questions you will be asking yourself is just how professional you should look. You don’t want to look underdressed, as that could make it seem as though you are not taking the job seriously. You also don’t want to overdress and put other people out, or make them think you are trying to show off. In general, this is a fear of looking out of place. But bear in mind that people will generally just appreciate that you are new, and you don’t yet know the dress code that intuitively. Therefore, you should simply err on the side of professionalism, rather than the side of being too casual.
Keep Jewelry Understated
It’s no longer true that you can’t really wear jewelry at all in the workplace. In fact, of course you can. But you do need to make sure that you keep it relatively understated, as this is one thing that can quickly land you in hot water with your new team. That doesn’t mean you have to hide away your favorite pieces, but you should make a point of wearing only items that are going to go well with the professional look and not stand out too much. You can find the perfect captive bead earrings or wear a simple bracelet, but anything more than that should be generally avoided.
Feel Free To Express Yourself
When you look at all this kind of advice, it can be easy to think that the general message is: don’t express anything about yourself, remain dull and boring. However, that should not be the takeaway here. In fact, you should feel free to express yourself, and you should make sure that you are dressing in a way that is true to you rather than attempting to cover up your personality in any way. It’s just that you need to do all this within the framework of what we have laid out above. It’s a tricky line to draw, but it’s perfectly possible to do so, and you will find that it’s the kind of thing you can easily learn after a while.
If you can bear these things in mind, you are probably going to dress exactly as you should—so that you feel comfortable, confident and ready to start your new job.
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