Personal appearance is usually defined by the way we groom and dress ourselves and is generally instrumental in how other people form opinions about us. It’s an obvious feature therefore that care and attention should be given to how we look in order to make the best impression. In a working environment, there is often a dress code, which is, in most cases, obligatory. To the ambitious, keen, dedicated person this dress code can present an ideal opportunity to become noticed. Smart, well fitting, well-pressed clothing will make a huge difference to how one is judged. Certain industries and professions are not very flexible concerning dress and insist on company uniforms being worn. Even then it’s possible to stand out from the crowd by giving attention to good grooming, which will always result in a smart appearance.
If there are no restrictions on the type of clothes you wear at work it is generally easier to make a good impression with your choice of clothing. Putting care and effort into deciding on the clothes you wear to work makes a statement about you. Take this opportunity to make that statement a positive one. Dress sense is a very useful attribute to have, but not everyone possesses it. If you fall into that category, follow the dress code used by your colleagues, but always endeavor to be that little bit smarter. This extra attention to detail helps to create a business like appearance.
A person’s attitude is extremely important as the wrong one can have a negative affect and spoil their chances of promotion. The wrong attitude can result in someone appearing to be offensive, giving a completely false impression. Attitude has a lot to do with confidence and can provide the wrong signals to other people. It’s not uncommon for a person’s attitude to affect their whole performance adversely in a work environment even though they may be good at their job. Recent studies have shown that these are some of the qualities that are seen as being unhelpful: failure to build a team, arrogance, unethical, not trustworthy, poor administration, no strategic thinking, over managing, tunnel vision, unwillingness to network, inflexibility, defensiveness.
Clearly there is a need for being practical, helpful, sympathetic and truthful plus being able to spot a problem and have the ability to deal with it. Your personal attitude that you carry to the job counts for a great deal in how your performance is evaluated. It is obviously beneficial to maintain a positive, constructive and helpful attitude at work. Such an attitude will help you to cope with every singe aspect in the workplace and brings its own rewards and very often leads to promotion.
If you are fortunate enough to have a company cell phone, laptop, or tablet provided, these items should be taken care of. These are not simply “perks” of the job, they are privileges that should be looked after. Looking after these things as if they were your own and had been paid for by you can only result in positive comments about your attitude. One other place where you can make a good impression is in your office or workplace. We have all seen offices and workplaces where chaos reigns. Desks littered with paper, paper trays overflowing, newspapers and magazines spread around, empty coffee cups lying around, all give the wrong signals. So do filing cabinets with the tops loaded with files and plants in dire need of a drink of water. All these points paint a picture of inefficiency.
Just imagine how much better the impression if the desks are tidy and the filing cabinets and other furniture are used for the purpose for which they were meant. It doesn’t take long to tidy up, particularly if it is done regularly. Once again, if you do it often it becomes a habit. There is a saying in business that ‘A tidy desk shows a tidy mind’. Very true!
Most of the above will be seen to be common sense and obvious to most readers, but we make no apology for emphasizing them. It is very often a lapse of common sense and neglecting the obvious which lead to bad practices, thus reflecting on the person concerned, so please, very carefully, consider these points. To conclude, remember that a positive appearance and a positive attitude result in a positive impression of you.
Another great way to make a good first impression is to smell good! Spritzing on a dash of your favorite perfume before walking out the door can be the extra boost of confidence to help in maintaining positive appearance. We recommend checking out our line of kensie Fragrance products, of course!