Social workplace codes

With a degree at hand, it seems almost impossible not to secure a good job that will financially stabilize one’s life in the long haul. While that might have been true in the 50s, in this day and age, employers are seeking more than just the skills that appear on paper. It is not uncommon for one to be turned down simply because of their lack of proper etiquette when it comes to the work environment.

For example, personal appearance impacts whether or not you get and stay employed. When getting ready for an interview, it is important to bear in mind that you want to impress the employer without your outfit speaking on your behalf.

Too much cleavage, mini dresses and dirty unironed clothes will only get your application trashed and your ego hurt because this speaks more about the type of employee you are than the resumes you provide.  

In addition to this, it is important to maintain saddle colors in your work wardrobe, whether they be the clothes we wear, the nail polish we use or even the color of eyeshadow we wear. This way, you become more endearing to both employers and clients.

An article on gives an example of someone who missed out on a job opportunity because of the bright distracting colors of their clothes. They were every employer’s dream employee but the hiring manager could not get past the bright pink jumpsuit, so the person did not get hired. 

The chances of missing out on employment are just as high for anyone who overdresses as well as underdresses because it can come off as overcompensating.

For instance, a two-piece suit is endearing and portrays confidence, while a tuxedo only makes you look like a joke. After the interview stage, whether or not you maintain your reputation solely relies on how you dress. 

When working at a company that requires plenty of active movement, it is only right to wear active clothing, whereas, in an office setting, suits are appropriate. With society evolving into more casual styles, there is a fine line between too casual or too dressy, and plenty of times, people hit a snag.

Another thing that can easily make one miss out on a job opportunity is time management. According to Business Insider, one should arrive about ten to fifteen minutes before time. This would give the interviewee time to fill out any necessary paperwork prior to the interview.

To cap it all off, language is a part of our personality. Although it is the norm in society to use casual and even foul language, it makes it difficult for a lot of graduates, especially those who have never held any job positions prior to graduation, to distinguish between casual and formal language.

This can cost you plenty of opportunities in the market because it is highly unprofessional, so be mindful of one’s surroundings. There is a time and a place for you to speak more naturally and like yourself, and a work context is not one of them.

Although degrees and extravagant resumes are important to step into our future, proper manners are a necessity to nailing life in the job market.