When you present yourself to a company you want to work for, you want to look professional. And, whenever you are somewhere in the community where one of their employees may see you, you also want to look professional and well-maintained. It is essential that those who will make decisions about your joining the company do not have a negative feeling about how you will represent them.

Does this mean you have to walk around daily in a three-piece suit, make sure your Halo is polished before you leave the house, and always have your hands folded together as you walk? Of course not. It means to make sure you’re wearing clothes in good repair, not acting the fool or goofing off, And you have a happy or contented aura about you.

These may be little things that may or may not be seen. Actions like this ensure you are not taken out of context or someone at an interview does not have a lousy remembrance of you that is not your usual self. Every good impression you leave is one more good thought in your corner.

I have seen people chosen or passed over for less.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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