Improving Your Look for Better Opportunities

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May 6, 2018 26 Comments

Question - In your experience, is there a correlation between the way you look and your career progression? If so, I’ve noticed a few things that people could do to significantly improve their look, and get management to take them more seriously

1) be cognizant of how you and your clothes smell. Do you smell like a humid spice cabinet mixed with BO?

2) related to the above, wear deodorant.

3) work out (both men and women). Specifically, lift weights. It’s amazing how differently people treat you when you’re just a little more jacked

4) dress better. This goes hand in hand with lifting weights and wearing deodorant. Stop wearing baggy clothes, clothes from Costco, etc. buy two pairs of slim, dark jeans and neutral, single color shirts without loud prints/patterns

5) backpacks. Stop wearing company-issued backpacks with logos and carrying them like a 12 year old kid. It screams “dork that lives with Mom”

6) ladies, wash your hair regularly so it doesn’t look oily, wear a little makeup, trim your eyebrows. Men - groom your beard/moustache, shave properly. Everyone - get your skin checked out if you have lots of zits and pockmarks

7) you are what you eat. Eat a lot more protein and veg and a lot less carbs. Drink lots of water

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  • NAVEX Global HollaBackG
    I live in SF and everyone dresses badly and carries a logo backpack. Your B.O./hygiene tips are the only items i agree with.
    May 6, 2018 2
    • Broadcom Ltd. WEEf85
      I disagree. The work force in SF has best dress sense. Women dress very good and most of them are fit.
      May 6, 2018
    • Illumina / Other
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      OP is talking about career progression (ie those who want to advance). He’s not suggesting that a random survey of the entire population has these traits. He’s saying those selected for advancement will tend to have them.
      May 6, 2018
  • Illumina aofG13
    This is probably correct, but also dumb as shit. This sort of thing makes me want to quit tech altogether sometimes. Can’t stand the sort of people who think this is more important than passion and ability.
    May 6, 2018 2
    • Intel / Mktg
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      This isn’t tech, this is human nature. Looking decent is a signal that you have your sh*t together, absent of any other information. If you smell and/or look disheveled, people a) want to interact with you as little as possible and b) have a (perhaps unfair) perception that you’re not as smart or important as you deserve to be treated
      May 6, 2018
    • Tinder / Eng
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      Tech in general cares less about the things you mentioned OP
      May 6, 2018
  • It’s funny in tech once you “make it”, you can do whatever shit you want or be however you want and people will wow!

    Like you can be bald - richest guy
    You can wear the same hoodie all the time
    You can wear sandals and slippers for a huge keynote

    Whatever it’s, as long as you are clean (don’t smell), reasonably good habits, and you seem to care about health, that’s good enough for me!!’
    May 6, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Eng Skyped
    Generally good advice, but you can't put a fat ass in skinny jeans ...
    May 6, 2018 1
    • Intel / Mktg
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      Working out is priority number one. You can wear a burlap sack and look good if you’re in shape.
      May 6, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng Urchin
    Almost sounds like a post MagicCap would make.
    May 6, 2018 0
  • New / Eng Dey
    A recent colleague just joined my team & dude needs lessons on hygiene. Bad breath sometimes, body odor at other times & now that it’s spring it’s stinky feet. Dude takes off his shoes to wear a slipper & builds start breaking 😅.

    I use to hear stories that white males hardly shower especially in the morning now I can confirm this.

    I see grown ass white dude come to work with scruffy hair & stinky shirts.

    Civilization at its finest 😂
    May 6, 2018 0
  • Broadcom Ltd. WEEf85
    I agree with the all points.
    May 6, 2018 0
  • Yes it matters and thank you for sharing.
    May 6, 2018 0
  • Cisco / Eng im chad
    What to do about #5?
    May 6, 2018 7
    • Intel / Mktg
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      Not saying don’t carry a backpack but buy a nice one (not a free, generic company logo kind) and carry on one shoulder vs two (the difference in perception is huge)
      May 6, 2018
    • Cisco / Eng im chad
      But nerds like to brag they work at XXXX company
      May 6, 2018
    • Cisco / Eng im chad
      More fashion people recommend a leather messenger bag but I ain't buying that
      May 6, 2018
    • Cisco / Eng im chad
      Any recommendations?
      May 6, 2018
    • Intel / Mktg
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      You can buy a nice simple Tumi backpack at the outlet mall for $80
      May 6, 2018
  • Microsoft Compete
    What is BO?
    May 7, 2018 2
    • New / Eng Dey
      Booty orgy
      May 7, 2018
    • Liberty Mutual Insurance Navi94
      Blind Orgy
      Aug 4, 2018
  • The Home Depot / Eng test_user
    I think it's mostly just don't smell bad.
    May 6, 2018 0
  • Cisco yUYw72
    Is this really a question ?
    May 6, 2018 0

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