Tips for the Transition going from Student to Staff: Stay Classy

This is the fifth and final part in a five part series that provides a tip about the transition from college student to full time employee.

You hear it time and time again, “You can’t go to work dressed like that!” No longer will your running shorts or Dartmouth hoodie pass as acceptable attire (unless of course you are a gym teacher or professional athlete). Deciding what to wear to work can become a job in and of itself. It is important that you take time to make yourself presentable. It is no longer ok to roll out of bed, thrown on a pair of sweats and spray half a bottle of body spray to make it through the day.

Regardless of what the dress code for the office is, make sure that you don’t look like you got dressed in the dark. Not to say that you need to look red carpet ready at all times, but you want to make sure that you not only represent yourself but also your company well. Make sure that your clothes are not wrinkled or has day old stains on them (that will never be in style). Ladies make sure your top is not too low cut and Gentlemen make sure your shirt tail is tucked in your pants. You don’t want people to question if you just came from a walk of shame because you look unkempt. The first thing people notice about you is your appearance so make sure you are making solid first impressions.

Stay classy my friends,

Jennifer McGrew ’13



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