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Career Services Center

Ward Edwards 1200
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4985
Fax: 660.543.4668

Dress Professionally

Dress Professionally


Professional Dress Tips:

Don’t let your attire get in the way of making a positive impression. 

You never get a second chance to make a first impression

General Guidelines on Professional Dress:

You should wear a suit to an interview even if the job you are interviewing is a non-suit work environment. Suits usually have tacking stitches to hold vents in place before purchase; make sure these are removed.Tattoos and piercings (other than ears) should be covered.

Cost: Do invest in quality that will look appropriate during your first two or three years on the job. One good quality suit is sufficient for a job search if that is all your budget allows. You can vary your shirt/blouse and tie/accessories.

Accessories Should be kept simple.  Jewelry should be classy and not tacky.  Avoid large earrings, big rings, bracelets and attention grabbing necklaces. Only bring one bag or purse. 

Hair: Should be clean and neat.

Shoes: Should be in polished condition. Make sure heels are not worn.

Details: No missing buttons, no lint; and don't forget to remove external tags and tacking stitches from new clothes.

Hands: Clean fingernails.

Fit: Clothes should be clean, neatly pressed, and fit properly.

Smell: Perfume or cologne should be used sparingly or not at all. Remember that some people have allergies/sensitivities; you'd hate for that to derail an interview. No odors in clothes. Don't smell like smoke.

Pad folios: Preferred over a bulky briefcase. A small briefcase is also appropriate. But if you have no reason to carry a briefcase, don't; you risk looking silly.  In your portfolio bring copies of your resume, transcript, a notepad, pen, and your list of questions for the employer.