The old saying, you only get one chance to make a first impression, is something to remember when you are looking for employment. Your potential employer will get that first impression when you walk in to drop off your resume. That first impression of you can lead to an interview and a job, or it could lead to the employer discarding your resume. Here are four personal hygiene issues to take care of that will give you an advantage to getting that job you want.
1. Wash: This sounds like common sense, but you would be surprised how people can miss things. Make sure you wash your hands, have clean finger nails, wash your hair and make sure you are well groomed. Combed hair looks like you care about your self and gives employers the feeling you might care about your job.
2. Clean clothes: Wear clean clothes. If you, or people in your home smoke, maybe keep a set of interview cloths in a sealed bag (like a garbage bag) to keep the smell of stale smoke off your clothing. Avoid things like slogans on your tee shirts or clothes that are too revealing. Try to look like you are ready to go to work right now if you were asked.
3. Scents: Its okay to wear some scented products, but not to much. Most people like a little perfume but a huge over spray can be offensive. Look for signs that say the business is a scent free location. If it is and you are wearing some body spray, maybe come back next day with no spray.
4. Brush your teeth: Bad breath and stuff on your teeth makes people thing you don't care about yourself, co-workers and most importantly customers. Brush your teeth before you go out and have some gum or mints ready. Sometimes you will get a dry mouth when you are dropping off resumes because you are a little nervous. Drink water to keep yourself hydrated and your breath fresh, avoid sugar drinks or coffee as they can mess up your breath before you meet someone.
Keep these in mind and make sure your first impression is something that will lead to an interview and the job of your choice.
Robert, Vocational Counsellor