Many office professionals are considering a change in jobs. They’ve been working hard for enough years to know that their current employment situation is no longer sustainable. It’s time for a change of scenery, more money and perhaps an entire new career tack. Naturally, most office professionals look outward for change, but sometimes looking internally yields some surprising opportunities.
If you want to get ahead professionally, great credentials and an impressive track record certainly are a big help. But a big part of success can also be attributed to those things that can’t necessarily be listed on a resume: the intangibles like personality, charm and likability.
In other words, charisma. It is one of those things that are tough to describe in specific detail. You just know it when you see it. And so do other people—which is why they will want to gravitate to you (and work with or for you) if you have it.
Sometimes employees enter a performance review or similar meeting with a boss with dollar signs dancing in their head. Perhaps the worker has recently completed an important project or taken on extra duties that would seem to merit an increase in pay. Maybe she’s heard colleagues talk about getting a fatter paycheck, is reaching a milestone work anniversary, or simply feels she’s due.
We have all slipped up at work occasionally. Whether the mistake involved a work-related project (say, we dropped the ball and missed a deadline) or a interpersonal issue (gossiping about a co-worker), sooner or later we all must own up to failure.
The key to any successful career is to give every day your best effort. Some days will be better than others, but that shouldn’t stop office professionals from dressing the part every day of the week. Do not underestimate how much dressing like a sharp, engaged and fashionable professional can help your career. Your clothes communicate to others how you feel about yourself, your job and your future. Unfortunately, many office professionals become worn down over time, and consider dressing well as just another inconvenience that is part of their job. Think like this at your own peril.