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Appearance Does Matter

Especially in a competitive job market, first impressions are the opportunity for you to shine. You have complete control over your appearance and it goes without saying that being well groomed is important. Critics may believe that’s a superficial way to judge people but in my experience, the external is very often a reflection of the internal. Messy is just messy and while I’m not suggesting that it’s the only factor, nor do you have to look like a magazine cover model, simple preparation is certainly doable.

Every industry is different but appearing youthful can be a plus in many job markets. If your overall look is dated, there may be an assumption that your skills are also in need of a makeover. Why begin at a deficit when simple changes can make a difference in how you are perceived?

Whiten your teeth: Yellowish teeth are very aging. Visit your dentist for a professional bleaching or try drugstore whitening strips. The former will give you a more dramatic and longer lasting result.

Gray hair: While it may be trendy for some people, in general, gray hair is associated with age. Avoid dramatic colors and check with your hairdresser for subtle suggestions.

Botox/facial fillers: Pricey and not for everyone, however, the results can be seen quickly and will fade with time, so there is upkeep. Do your research as costs can vary and this is not an at-home project.

Update your wardrobe: Clothing should both fit and flatter your body. Many stores have personal shopper services or consider hiring a consultant to review your wardrobe and make suggestions.

Feeling confident and smiling broadly is an immediate plus in any introduction !

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