Whether You Are in the C Suite or Staff, Look The Part

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
In the US, too many people have gotten lazy about how they present themselves for interviews and/or meetings.

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Hi, I’m Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I’m called the Big Game Hunter, starting from my time doing recruiting, where I would hunt down leaders and staff for organizations. And now I help people with no BS career advice that allows them to elevate their game. It’s looking at your career as a totality. So if you’re in leadership, it’s not just simply with job search, but with hiring more effectively, managing and leading better, if you want help with a career transition or a workplace issue, I provide that. If you’re at a staff level, I can do something at your level too.

Here I want to talk with you about looking the part because when you’re interviewing for an organization, or you’re in meetings within an organization, there’s an expectation that you’re going to look well by that firm’s standard.

Now, what does that mean? Now I’m not going to talk to the women, women generally have this concept down. They always try to present well, but men have gotten lazy and sloppy, as they’ve come to corporate casual. For women, it’s more about the shoes than anything. They’ve stopped accessorizing. And I want to remind you, it’s about presenting beautifully. And that’s for the men as well– presenting beautifully world-class for the role that you’re going for.

Now, if you’re in the C suite, and you’re interviewing for a role there, you can’t wear off-the-rack stuff and a cheap tie. You look like a bum. If you’re on a staff level, you might be able to do that. But as you get more senior, it’s more important to dress the part.

Now if you’re on camera, you want to look well from here up. And it doesn’t necessarily mean the suit because I don’t think there’s an expectation of the business suit online. But remember, if you’re in online meetings, you have to present extremely well. You have to be put together from here up. And if you’re on camera, just be aware of the things that distract. So it’s not just simply you, but what’s behind you, that becomes important.

Again, looking the part, whether you’re in a meeting with your firm, online or in person, whether you’re in an interview for a C suite role, or at a staff level, it makes a difference in how people think of you. And for guys, that’s the tie as well, because people in leadership, they notice this stuff. For those of you who are at a staff level, when you dress too far down, people notice this stuff. And it’s not that they feel disrespected, but they’re not impressed.

You always have to recognize that your personal branding involves the impressions that you create with people that will impact your success in a subtle way for years to come. And in the US, many of you have lost this quality, so you’re not as crisp in your physical presentation as you have been in the past.

So step up your game. Be great. Hope you found this helpful. I’m Jeff Altman. Visit my website, which is TheBigGameHunter.us There’s a ton more in the blog that can help you. Plus if you want to evaluate me for coaching, you can schedule time for a free discovery call or if you’re interested in paid coaching with me which means we’re going right for it, then you can schedule time with me there as well.

Also, you can find that about my courses, books, and guides. There’s just a lot more to help. Lastly, connect with me on Linkedin at linkedin.com/in/TheBigGameHunter.

Have a terrific day and be great!

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Jeff AltmanJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. He is hired to provide No BS Career Advice globally. That can involve job search, hiring staff, management, leadership, career transition and advice about resolving workplace issues. Schedule a discovery call at my website, www.TheBigGameHunter.us

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