Putting your best foot forward in life makes a difference, particularly in the workplace. Hooking a job is more difficult now then ever, so it is more important than ever before to dress for success.

Does that surprise you? Despite our increasingly casual world, what you wear in the office could affect your job prospects and overall career!

This simple rule will help where job interviews are concerned: Better to be overdressed then under-dressed. Even if the company you happen to be interviewing for says, “No need to dress up, we are very casual here,” you should still wear proper business attire for your interview. Your clothing can show how serious you are about your work, and employers want somebody who wants to grow with a company and takes their position seriously. Should you dress for an interview in t-shirt and jeans, you’ve made a poor first impression, even when you blow everyone else out of the water with your qualifications.

Then there’s the workplace itself. If you work in a casual environment, one in which formal business attire is not required, you can still dress for success. This may seem obvious, but always wear clean clothes. Resist the urge to throw on last night’s jeans. Try to always take into consideration the clothes you’re wearing, something that looks good, or is business casual clothes. Looking sharp sets you apart as a professional.

Of course, you still have to be a good worker. You can be the best-dressed person on the planet, but it will not help you if you don’t do your job well. All things being equal, the better-dressed employee will always make the better impression.

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