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|5 Sep|5 mins

How To Dress For The Promotion You Know You Deserve

We prove nice guys can get the corner office.
Elle Glass
5 Sep
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Nothing screams ‘Give me more responsibility slash money’ than a freshly ironed shirt and a sharp-looking work ensemble on the regular. And, below, we’ve pulled together for you just that. Work-ready outfits to knock their socks off, no matter what kind of game you’re playing. Creative or corporate culture, we’ve got you covered. It does, though, come with a caveat, some fine print if you will: as much as we’d like to say that if you buy these edits to the letter you’re 100% guaranteed a leg up, there’s a little more than fixing up and looking sharp to land that promotion.

Advice
|5 Sep|5 mins

How To Dress For The Promotion You Know You Deserve

We prove nice guys can get the corner office.
Elle Glass
5 Sep
Share:

Nothing screams ‘Give me more responsibility slash money’ than a freshly ironed shirt and a sharp-looking work ensemble on the regular. And, below, we’ve pulled together for you just that. Work-ready outfits to knock their socks off, no matter what kind of game you’re playing. Creative or corporate culture, we’ve got you covered. It does, though, come with a caveat, some fine print if you will: as much as we’d like to say that if you buy these edits to the letter you’re 100% guaranteed a leg up, there’s a little more than fixing up and looking sharp to land that promotion.

There are some key things to remember when look to advance your way through a workplace evolutionary spectrum.

One: know that you can’t just be promoted because you’ve been there long enough to be part of the furniture / are somehow related to someone in upper management. You have to show yourself to be worthy of the position .

And, two: your promotion starts a year or so before you actually land it. You need to show that you can do – and have done – all that needs to be ticked off the list to make it from A to B. Show you’re a leader and a team player long before you have the window seat.

Be unafraid to put your hand up, be it to ask questions or to take on more. Have clear goals and smash them out of the park on the regular.

Don’t just solve problems, find them. And then, come up with solutions. Invest in relationships - go to the office drinks. Be in with your boss, but also HR, IT, the juniors. Be people’s go-to. We’re not talking for office gossip,

Try not to get bogged down in the daily grind. Handle your emails on the regular, get back to people straight away, don’t get trapped on calls or in meetings longer than needed. Prioritise, delegate, be efficient. This will leave you with time to think and act on the bigger things, to solve problems before they slow down business and to create value wherever possible.

Keep lines of communication open at all times. Never leave anyone guessing. As tasks are wrapped, let anyone know needs to know know it’s in the bag. Eliminate any need for follow up once a task has been handed your way by being on the front foot at all times.

In sticky situations, give yourself the space to think so you know the answers you give and the actions you take are proactive, not reactive. If you need, take a walk around the block under the guise of a coffee break or treat yourself to a power stance in the cubical.

And, if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. Secure feedback and then action and measure it and book a follow-up meeting with the decision-maker. Like business great and author of Leadership Gold John Maxwell says, “The only guarantee for failure is to stop trying.”

Here's a little help in looking like a boss...

Pink shirting and navy suits are a safe go-to for any office. To keep it nice and casual, lose  the tie and pick a patterned pocket square.

Ah, the old chino and blazer combo. Works a treat, no matter what show you’re running.

This look is for the creatives, the not-quite-corperates. Neutral tones in relaxed fits that say, 'I’ve got this handled'.

Loafers, no socks. A little trick we picked up while on vacay in Euro.

An easy everyday go-to. Easy-wearing, laid-back neutrals.

One for the creatives (or for anyone who has ‘marketing’ or ‘social’ in their title). But it’s not all fast and loose. The key with the casual look is to go for pristine. Immaculately-kept white kicks, sharp tailoring on your blazer and a statement watch. Then soften it up with your favourite sweats.

Elle Glass
Writer
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