Being prepared for the workplace is one of the foremost concerns of college students and new job seekers. It is an environment regulated by professional rules and standards.
You have to reach on time.
You have to complete tasks and assignments within specified timelines. And you have certain dress codes to follow.
If you break these rules, it will reflect badly and people will not take you seriously. It is best not to mess up your professional history. You never know when a reference will be needed from a past employer.
Start Out by Following Professional Standards
Your working life will be much easier if you maintain all professional rules and regulations. Just as how your academic performance and grades follow you from one educational institution to another, so too does your job history.
The first step, when it comes to learning about your employer and the easiest, is to visit their website. Outside of that, you can ask them direct questions in the interview.
But this is if the topic of workplace attire is not already addressed.
The Office Environment
Traditionally, the office environment has its own dress code. Most companies, especially when you are on the front end and dealing with customers, require that you wear a business suit.
That means you do not show up in jeans and a T-shirt.
Retail or Service Industry
On the other hand, there are work environments that are much more active and relaxed. You are required to wear jeans and they often provide either a polo shirt, t-shirt or oxford shirt.
It depends on your role and job responsibilities.
If you visit supermarkets and grocery stores, you will see the various employees in a specific color-shirt, with a logo. The people who work for the Post Office or Courier Services like FedEx and UPS have prescribed uniforms as well.
This can sometimes include shorts.
Finding the Right Clothes for the Office Workplace
Now, let us zone in on a specific environment, the office. Luckily, there are a great many places that sell clothes for the office.
You can shop online, go to department stores or visit your local mall and walk into any number of clothing stores. Chances are you can find what you need there.
Here are a few rules to remember when selecting work clothes for the office.
1. Learn and Follow the Rules
We have already highlighted the importance of doing this. If you are still unclear on the first day of work, ask questions to your supervisor.
Also, observe the people around you.
2. Wear Your Size
Once you know the rules, choose clothes that are properly fitted to your body. That means no tight or overly loose clothing is allowed.
If you do not presently have clothes that follow this guideline in your closet, then it is time for some retail therapy.
3. Set a Budget and Stick To It
Also, look out for deals and sales in your area. In addition, scope out those which are online.
You don’t want to splurge your entire paycheck, whether it is in hand or not, on an entire wardrobe.
Be fiscally responsible. You can start off with two shirts or blouses, pants and a skirt if you are a woman. If you are a man, then two pants. Try to mix and match your attire until you can buy some later.
You can still maintain a stylish and professional look.
4. Groom Your Hair
We live in a time when employers aren’t so stringent about having certain hairstyles. However, what is important is that your hair is properly groomed.
Men, you might not be allowed to have your hair sticking out everywhere, the same for women. Some employers may allow you to have your hair tied back in a bun.
If you are uncertain, ask your supervisor.
For women, typically, the office environment is not one where you can wear bandanas and head scarf. You should also never look like you just rolled out of bed.
Finally, dry your hair properly after you have come out of the shower and before you leave the house.
Maintain Proper Hygiene and Cleanliness
This goes without saying, but some people still disregard this rule. You need to implement proper hygiene. Also, your clothes, bag, shoes, socks and everything else on your body should be clean.
There are times when your clothes and body will carry an odor, which you are unaware of.
Bathe with soap and water. Bathe often. Wash your clothes often. Do not wear clothes with stains.
Always maintain a professional demeanor in both your work clothes and your attitude.