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Dress For Success Essays

Last week my students took their End-of -the-year-district-writing-assessment.

The prompt:  “Dress for Success” is a phrase all of us have heard before, but it means something different to each person.  Write an essay explaining what “dress for success” means to you.

When I first saw this prompt, I was worried because I was afraid my students would not understand the concept “dress for success.”  I found several articles on the topic for my kids to read, talk, and write about.  We also went over a few articles and examples as a class.  As a result, I was quite impressed with the essays my students produced.  For the most part, their papers had an introduction, middle, and conclusion, and they were able to clearly express their understanding of the topic.

There were a couple that gave me a good chuckle.  Here are a few highlights from some of my favorite essays:

~When I think of the phrase “Dress for Success!”  I think of a person getting ready or preparing for a big job interview.  Like when  person goes to a job interview wearing a muscle shirt and shorts for a job that requires you to cook food.  Or when a person wears super fancy clothes to an interview that requires you to clean bathrooms.  “Dressing for success” is like a guide telling you what you might need to wear to make a good impression.

~Dress for success means to dress for the occasion.  You want to dress for the occasion because you don’t want be out-of-order.  An example of this is going to church in pajamas.  That is an example of dressing out-of-order.

~Schools are even making their dress codes better.  They don’t want the kids to dress themselves in tank tops and super short shorts.  Some girls do that just to fit in.  Those girls are dumb.

~Dressing for success doesn’t only apply to job interviews, but for many other things.  If you’re running for long distances, you don’t want your everyday clothes to slow you down.  How coul you fix this simple problem?  You could get the appropriate clothes for running and it would help you by taking off unneeded weight and make you not get tired as quickly.

~When you are applying for a job interview, you should look nice.  If you want to get a job at a bank, you should wear nice pants and a nice shirt, or a dress. If  you are applying for a job at Hot Topic you could probably wear a T shirt from your favorite band and skinny jeans. Avoid too many body piercings though.

~When you go to a job interview or someones funeral you have to dress with respect.  And nice.  You don’t want your butt or boobs hanging out.  You want people to think your decent and well-behaved.

~Another example is when you wear a tank top and some booty shorts to school.  That’s not a good thing to wear.  You got to wear non-distracting clothes.

~When you come to school you don’t really have to dress for success but you don’t want to come looking a hot mess.  Come looking decent.

~I think dressing for success is important because people will make assumptions about you.  If you’re in Wal-Mart and you’re wearing old pajamas with holes in them in all the wrong places, people will think you’re weird.  If you’re at a school dance, casual, and you wear a wedding dress, people will think you’re lame and weird.  If you go to prom wearing a dressing robe, people will NOT dance with you.

~When I think of dress for success I think of… Say you wanna go to Adventure.  Your friends are dressed in booty shorts and tank tops but there are hundreds of people they’re looking at you, is that really how you wanna dress?  People don’t want to see girls in booty shorts walking around at the age of 11 or 12.

~I think people should dress a certain way.  One reason is if you own a fortune 500 company and you wear flip-flops and a tank top.  The workers won’t take you seriously.

“How to Dress for Success”

Does it make a difference how people dress for an interview? In most cases, it does. When you are applying for a job you are selling yourself as a prospective employer. Although in most aspects of life you should not be judged by how you dress, in the career field that is the first impression you make (eHow.com). Baggy clothes or even skin tight clothes are hardly appropriate anywhere, let alone a workplace environment. Many people are so consumed by individuality and argue clothes and appearance do not reflect their work ability. This may be very true, but it is called professionalism. Sad to say, your first judgments are going to be solely by your appearances in most cases. “What you see is what you get.”
Let us start with before you even get in the door: the interview process. Try first by calling the Human Resource department of the job you are interviewing for and ask what the dress code is. Even when you go into an office or store to pick up an application, make note of what the employees are wearing. If they have professional dress code, the goal is to dress as if you already fit in with the current personnel (eHow.com). Now despite the job type, you should always come dressed as professional as budget allows. It may be a little extreme to wear a three- piece suit and briefcase to a fast food interview, but a pair of pressed slacks and a white long sleeve shirt would suffice. Yes, in some environments the dress code does not really matter. In spite of the company’s dress code, you should always come to an interview dressed your best. Besides, you are not an employee yet. Look at it as a privilege that has to be earned.
The website, About.com, lists pretty basic interview attire for both men and women. Solid colored conservative suits, neat, professional hairstyles, limited jewelry, and briefcase or portfolio are advice for both genders. Your teeth should be brushed and you should be free of body odor. Women should also be...

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