I’ve always said that one of the best ways to get an idea about a person’s values and insights is by looking at the way they dress and how they carry themselves.
People will judge you by the way you look.
Not that it matters what anyone else thinks but if you are looking to land a job or advance in your career, what you look like and how you carry yourself holds heavy weight.
You wouldn’t give an executive job to someone who is dressed in jeans or has her/his shirt untucked, would you?
Or, how about a promotion to someone who is consistently late, smells like she/he hasn’t bathed in a couple of days or wreaks of alcohol from the night before?
Make a lasting first impression.
Whether you’re looking to impress a love interest, your boss, a potential employer, an investor or a business partner, keep in mind that first impressions go a long way. It is the one that sticks.
Dress like the person you want to be. Look at every day as an opportunity for advancement to go from where you currently are to where you desire to be.
Want to be a supervisor? Think about how someone in a true leadership role would dress and act. Then, do the same. Start by expressing your desires for growth and start learning the skills required to take you to the next level.
Carry yourself like you’re going places and show up every day of your life. This doesn’t necessarily mean be bossy and rude, it means act like a leader others would look up to and want to learn from.
Dress the part and show up every day without fail with respectable presence and actions. Sooner or later, it will be noticed and the right opportunity will become clear.
I’ve interviewed, hired, trained, and terminated employees. Even good ones. I’ve done it all and seen it all. And, what I found is that people get comfortable and think they are irreplaceable.
No one is irreplaceable in the workforce or as a business owner. You slack, you lose. It’s that simple.
You will get dropped and replaced in a heartbeat!
So, if you think you can start off on fire and dwindle in flame, yet remain successful or in the same position, you’re sadly mistaken. There will always be someone waiting to take your place or out-win you. Which is why showing up every single day is not an option and critical to your success.
You can never get too comfortable or complacent. It will turn around and bite you in the butt! Keep your head consistently in the game and you will reap great rewards.