Do first impression matter? Can they make the difference between success and failure? Yes to both questions. Why is that? Well some studies state that the reasoning for this comes from the subliminal judgement part of the brain. It’s not fair but it is clearly how things work. Everything from how you are dressed, how you smile, carry yourself, or shake a hand will create an impression which could make or break an interview, a proposal, a speech, a date, and so on. This goes for both men and women.
Today you cannot turn around without seeing a tattoo or body piercing. I am all about expression. I was a music major. Goodness knows I had multicolored hair even when it was not in style! But my suggestion to you is to get those tattoos somewhere you can cover them unless you work in an environment where this is accepted. For my work, it is not looked upon fondly to have a tattoo sleeve or a pierced eyebrow. So I say, think about who you are going to meet, who you want to be and what you are trying to achieve. Then dress appropriately. Rule of thumb- If you look in the mirror and you are not sure about what you are wearing-change.
Check out this article that speaks to how women specifically dress, can affect their advancement in positions. If you think looks don’t matter, listen to Dermatologist Debra Jaliman, a board-certified dermatologist and author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top York Dermatologist.
Consequently, first impressions can occur on social media. It’s not just one person telling someone else about you now when you are looking to work for yourself, it is about many people talking on line to millions of people you do not know. And this cannot be controlled with the exception of you being careful about what you post.
Think about your first impressions and consider how you can improve or help someone else improve! Have a great day!