By Traci McBride
For the most part, you do control it. Think of your “indelible impression” — is it a little dated and frumpy? Perhaps you want to look fresh and modern. Maybe you’re dressing a bit too young or even too old for your age. Do you feel as if you look too sexy for your profession?
Personal lesson: Decades ago, as a stay-at-home mom, I was looking for part-time employment. I decided to check out some companies before making a long-term commitment to work for them. So I had the idea of working for a temp agency. I decided the best way to “become a fly on the wall” was to be a receptionist, and I asked for assignments that were no longer than two weeks. Why just two weeks? Anyone can be on their best behavior for a few days to a week, but by week two, people show who they really are.
There were some great lessons I learned that were related directly to image. Remember, this was about 25 years ago — before I ever thought of starting a consulting business. This was a time when I was struggling with my style and self-image after being a stay-at-home mom for several years. Over one year, I noted all these details at six different companies in unrelated industries.
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Observing these traits was a real eye-opener for me and helped me decide, both consciously and subconsciously, who and what I wanted to be.
Which list appeals to you? Change your image; change your life!
Traci McBride is the wardrobe stylist of TeeMcBee Image Consulting and is a longtime supporter of nonprofit Dress for Success-Cleveland.