The new year is the new you and the perfect time to start looking for a new job. You have checked your wages have gone in (even though it seems they haven’t). You have started that fantastic weight loss / fitness programme and now you have settled into the year. It is time to think about whether you are ready for a change in role, job or career.
Most people are lucky to see a 3% increase to their wages in an annual review or pay rise. However, most people that change jobs see an 8 -10% pay rise in a new role or company. But looking for a new job comes with its own price tag and that includes dressing for it. It isn’t always just what you wear on the day, according to Bowden Eldridge employers can judge you based on your social media presence, so good photos and dressing well could influence whether you even make it to the interview.
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To ensure the best money saving power dressing we suggest that you choose a couple of staples that will see you through every interview, formal party and smart occasion. Try investing in some tailored trousers, a skirt or classic styled shoes.
Skirts and trousers can never be wrong in black, navy or neutral colours. These colours go with everything, allowing you a lot of mix and match options. By choosing a dark coloured item and a light-coloured item you can have both a winter and summer look. Wallis have up to 50% off classic trousers and skirts in their sale with prices starting at £15. A real quality piece that will last you well into your next role and can be used for all smart occasions.
The secret to a good pair of shoes is comfort! If you are a flats kind of girl then invest in a smart pair of brogues. However, if a classy pair of heels gives you confidence why not invest in some black wedges from New Look. Both pairs of shoes will ensure that profession look and the comfort of these shoes means you can storm your way into that meeting room with head held high.
Getting the Top Half Right
Choosing the right top comes down to your own personal style and shape. When choosing your top, its more important to know what not to do than what to do:
- Low Cut Tops
- Tight or see through
- Gaping or cropped tops
- Slogans or loud images
- None – A smart jacket with no top underneath is not right for an interview
Why not check out your local supermarket clothes section for a smart low budget top? Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda regularly have tailored tops for under £10. These lower cost tops are normally of a high quality and in the latest seasons colours or designs.
Finishing off your Look for Less
Accessories are a great way to add a personal touch to your outfit and to make outfits look different. You can look to include a bright scarf to a suit to give you personal style and ultimate professionalism. Jewellery is another great way to accessorise and to complete an outfit. Small and understated pieces like stud earrings and minimalist charm jewellery can also act as a talking piece with an interviewer.
No need to worry about spending money on new pieces (although we have some great bargains). Instead look through important pieces from big birthdays, weddings or graduations. You may just have the perfect piece of jewellery you don’t wear often and could be that lucky charm.
You do not always need to pay for a suit jacket. The advantage for the males of the species is one decent suit will see them through every job interview ever, or at least ‘til middle age. For us ladies you rarely need to worry about a jacket if the rest of your outfit is smart and well put together. Our advice is to research the company and see if they have a dress code – if they don’t expect their employees to wear a suit to work each day they probably won’t expect you to wear one to the interview.
Research suggest that looking good effects our mood and how we behave. You may not be judged on a new Karen Millen skirt or the perfect bargain of a blouse from House of Fraser. But you may be successful in that interview because you exude the confidence you get from looking good. Or the secret knowledge that your power outfit costs you less with our voucher codes.
Posted By: Tegan Groombridge - 7th February 2018