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Dress and Presentation Skills for Career Success

The way that you look and the way that you act determines what people think about you. If you smile – people think that you are pleasant, if you wear wrinkled clothing people think that you do not care. How you feel about yourself on the inside should show on the outside. Some of us know this; some of us do not. If we want the outside world to respond to us in a positive way, we must look and act positively.

The way that you look and the way that you act determines what people think about you.

There are certain skills and actions that you can use to be successful in getting what you want – especially in getting a job. "Looking Your Best for Work" provides detailed information on how to look and act your best. "Looking Your Best for Work" has information on proper clothing choices, grooming, interview tips, positive body language and presentation skills. The goal of this program is to increase your confidence and to help you present yourself.

"Looking Your Best for Work" is divided into seven sections. Timely interview tips and skills on how to present yourself positively are provided throughout.

"Looking Your Best for Work" provides detailed guidelines on appropriate attire, grooming and presentation for individuals seeking employment. The purpose of this website is to increase your self-esteem and confidence as you present yourself to potential employers.

The sections include information on the following:

Table of Contents

Dress to Impress

Clothing Choices for Women

Personal Grooming for Women

Clothing and Grooming for Men

Getting the Clothing You Need

Getting Ready for an Interview

On the Job Success