Attire Affects Potential for Advancement, Say Most Executives Polled

    TORONTO, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - Climbing the career ladder requires the
appropriate gear, say executives surveyed recently. Eighty per cent of
managers polled said a person's style of dress at work influences his or her
chances of earning a promotion; one-quarter said on-the-job attire
"significantly" affects an employee's advancement prospects.
    The survey was developed by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service
specializing in the placement of highly skilled administrative professionals.
It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from
100 senior Canadian executives.
    Executives were asked, "To what extent does someone's style of dress at
work influence his or her chances of being promoted?" Their responses:

    Significantly .....................  25%
    Somewhat ..........................  55%
    Not at all ........................  20%

    "The old adage about dressing for the position to which you aspire still
holds true," said Diane Domeyer, executive director of OfficeTeam. "A polished
appearance lends credibility and may help employers envision the staff member
in a role with greater responsibility.
    "Attire is not the only thing workers are judged on, but it is part of
the equation," added Domeyer. "While a proper wardrobe alone won't earn you a
promotion, dressing inappropriately could cost you one."
    OfficeTeam advises professionals seeking advancement to ask themselves
the following questions when selecting work attire:

    -   Would managers at my company wear this? If the answer is "no," it's
        probably not a wise choice for you, either.
    -   Is it a distraction? Unless you're in the fashion, entertainment or
        another creative industry, flamboyant or overly trendy attire can
        detract from your credibility.
    -   Does it give me confidence? When you're dressed sharply, you'll be
        more self-assured. Look for attire that is flattering and makes you
        feel good about yourself.
    -   Is it clean and in good condition? Even in casual work environments,
        avoid clothes that are torn, wrinkled or messy. Sloppy attire may
        prompt your manager to question your attention to detail.
    -   Is it comfortable? Clothing that fits well and allows you to move
        freely is especially important when you're interviewing for a job.
        Avoid wearing a new suit when meeting with potential employers. You
        want to look good, but you don't want to be distracted by clothes
        you're not used to.

    OfficeTeam has more than 300 locations worldwide and offers online job
search services at

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