Why Appearance Matters

Why Appearance Matters

Appearances Do Matter.

I can hear you now. “It doesn’t matter what I look like, it matters if I can do the work.”

Nope. Big Nope. Absolutely Nope.

Appearances do matter – at work and in life.

The old saying “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” is so true.

In this week’s podcast, my guest Abigail Hunter covers her top five tips for professional dress and grooming.

In this blog, I want to talk about the consequences of not taking care with your appearance. The potential damage you are doing to your career.

## Not being taken seriously.

One consequence of not taking care with your appearance is that others won’t pay attention to what you say or do.

Whether they realize it or not, they are subliminally picking up on the fact that you don’t think you are important enough to take care of.

And, if you’re not important enough to take care of, why should they pay attention to you?

## Not being seen as promotable.

Sloppy appearance is one great way to ensure you aren’t considered for a promotion in your organization, especially if that promotion will come with greater exposure to the outside world.

Your boss isn’t likely to want to release you on customers, potential customers, or external stakeholders if your appearance doesn’t reflect positively on the organization.

## Creating mini-yous.

Should you be in a position of leadership in your organization, your sloppy appearance sends a message to those you lead.

“It’s okay to look like you just rolled out of bed when you come to work in the morning” you are telling your team.

They will look to your appearance for guidance. And you are, in effect, hindering their career prospects.

## Hindering your networking.

Maybe you would like to seek a position outside your organization, and you are networking to achieve that goal.

An unkempt appearance will leave a lasting negative impression on those you network with. Why would they want to recommend you to their employer?

Worse yet, you may neglect your networking altogether because, on some level, you recognize that you’re not making a positive impression.

And finally…

## Not putting forth your best effort.

There’s just something about dressing and grooming that facilitates your ability to put forth your best effort at work.

You simply show up differently…hold your head a bit higher…state your opinions more willingly when you’re dressed appropriately.

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