When I worked in publishing, I was envious of the casual lifestyles of the freelance writers who worked with us. They were able to make their own hours and work boss-free. This showed in their positive attitudes. However, there was something else I noticed. The freelancers who did well may have been casual, but they paid attention to their appearance. They were well groomed, and wore business causal clothing when on site. Even those who showed up for meetings in jeans didn’t appear slovenly. The one time a freelancer showed up in sweats he was never asked to another meeting. We didn’t care much for the sloppy freelancers. If they showed up at a client site looking a mess, what could we expect from their representations of us in their work?
Gillette Career Advantage reminds us we need to look our best. We may not have a “boss” in the traditional sense of the word, but we do have to answer to people. We do have to represent brands and businesses. To not put our best foot forward appearance-wise is a big mistake. If you’re going to update your resume, cover letter, writing samples, client testimonials and other important papers, why not update your look as well. If you’ve been out of a business environment for a while, your work at home mom or dad or starving artists look isn’t always going to cut it.
Gillette recently revealed the results of a survey conducted among 500 Human Resources professionals. Now, as freelancers we don’t have to deal with H.R. people on a regular basis, but it gives us insight into what those who are in a position to hire are really looking for in employees – including contract and freelance employees. It may not matter what you’re wearing when you’re working at home, but it matters a great deal with you’re out representing a client or brand.
It matters how you look!
Some interesting stats from the survey:
- 84% of those surveys agreed well-groomed individuals climb the corporate ladder faster than those who don’t pay as much attention to their appearance. Again, this applies to freelancers who meet with clients. We’re more likely to make a better impression if we’re presenting a polished appearance.
- 90% of the H.R. people survey felt looking good made more of an impression than having a firm handshake.
If you’re interested in learning more about the survey, head over to Gillette Career Advantage. They also have other good bits of information looking to make a good impression with the people who hire. They hired career expert, Mark Jeffries and GQ Style Correspondent, Brett Fahlgren to offer tips and advice for men looking to making a good first impression. Gillete launched the Career Advantage website with their Human Resources survey in mind. On the website, job-seekers and professionals looking to get ahead can review expert advice; take the Gillette Career Quiz and read through the Hire Guide to see what HR professionals really think. Visit the website to benefit from the tools, and take in the information and advice needed to rise above the competition in today’s market. For information about Gillette products or to review survey findings and obtain advice from grooming and career experts, the Gillette Resource Center. Click here for the Gillette press release. For the Gillette Press Release .
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