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How Should I Dress for the First Day of My New Job?

Posted: September 9, 2014 at 3:57 pm

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As you prepare to begin life at a new job, make sure you have all your ducks in a row for the first day. To go along with the job interview process, this is the perfect time to make a great impression on your new co-workers, your direct supervisor and the management team at the company – by dressing for success!

Of course, you will also want to make sure that you arrive on-time, which really means early, and have everything you need to perform your duties from the minute you are shown your desk. Get ready for your first day on the job with these fashion career tips.

Choose Your Clothes Wisely

When choosing an outfit for the first day at a new job, it is best to choose one that is too professional rather than too casual. You more than likely know what the culture of the company is like from your job interviews, which can help you choose an appropriate outfit. Even if you have seen employees walking around in casual outfits, they might not be working within your department. Stay professional from day one and then make adjustments based on what supervisors tell you.

Choose a Comfortable Outfit

For the first day of work, which might not include sitting at your office desk all day long, you need to choose an outfit in which you are comfortable. The first day of work will involve signing a lot of paperwork, an onboarding meeting, possible presentations and tours of the facility. You will want to be comfortable throughout the day so your outfit does not agitate you. This includes wearing appropriate clothing for the season and working conditions.

Be Sure to Groom Yourself

Being well groomed on the first day at a new job is very important. You should never show-up to work with a scruffy beard or untamed hair. Even if you normally have a beard or a mustache, they need to be freshly trimmed so you do not look like someone who just rolled out of bed and came to work. Being well groomed for the first and subsequent days on the job is just as important as your outfit.

Go Light on the Makeup and Fragrance

For women working the first day of a new job, it is best to keep it light when applying makeup. For all new employees, take it easy on the fragrance or cologne too. One thing to keep in mind is that you are not attending a prom or wedding; so keep it simple when applying makeup or fragrance for the first day of work at a new job. Too much of a good thing can go very wrong.

Dress Like You Did for the Interview

If all else fails, dress for the first day on the job like you dressed during the interview process. This is the best way to impress your new employer on the first day. Dress this way for a couple of days as you observe what your co-workers are wearing. You will make a positive first impression and those who interviewed you will recall how impressed they were with you. Keep it neutral, professional, and forgo anything too trendy.

If you follow the above work fashion tips, you will do well on your first day on the new job!