The career and style consultant Christina Tabernig from correct! knows exactly what is important for applications. How old you are and what level of experience you have will influence the application strategy. There are typical pitfalls in every age group that should be considered, but also opportunities that can be used to advantage in applications and interviews.
Young professionals around the age of 20 should primarily have an eye on the future. Compared to their older competitors, they cannot score with much experience or extensive references. Most young professionals come straight from university or from training, which is why it is often difficult for them, according to Tabernig, “to describe themselves and their own strengths appropriately”. One way to train this is to do interviews with friends and family.
The career adviser also advises to google yourself and take a critical look at the results displayed. In addition, the various social networks such as Facebook, Xing or LinkedIn should be brought up to date and unfavorable photos from the last party holiday removed – otherwise there is a risk of a quick exit from the application process.
Another stumbling block is when you are invited to an interview. The question often arises as to what the right clothing is. This depends not only on the age of the applicant, but primarily on the industry. According to Tabernig, applicants should not make themselves older than they are. In some industries, however, there is a clear dress code: If you apply in a bank, you will not be able to avoid a costume or suit, although for women it is true that bare legs to the skirt are an absolute no-go. In creative or social industries, you can usually dress more individually. “Stingy with perfume, take out piercings and cover up tattoos,” summarizes the consultant.
- Stylish business attire
… is a high art. Read our suggestions to avoid the biggest pitfalls.
- The jacket
This shows the quality: an expensive jacket has four buttons on the sleeves instead of three.
- Shirt sleeved?
The sleeve of the jacket is one and a half centimeters shorter than the shirt sleeve and extends to the bone of the wrist.
- Look serious
The correct suit for the job has a dark shade.
- The detail makes the difference
A shark collar looks much fancier than the good old Kent collar.
- Simply impossible …
… are button-down shirts on the management floor or at business events.
- Details, part 2
A tie is a statement. Therefore tie them properly, with the top shirt button being closed.
- Checked or striped?
If you prefer patterned shirts, opt for an understated design or classic stripes on the tie.
- From head to toe
Nothing will ruin your outfit faster than an unstylish or neglected shoe. You are always right with the classics (Oxfords and Brogues).
- Color combinations
You don’t wear brown belts or brown shoes with black suits. At least not as a German. Italians also manage this combi chic.
- Less is more.
Always choose a solid color shirt for a pinstripe suit.
- Another no-go …
… are bare men’s calves! This is only possible with sports! Make sure that the socks do not show any skin even when the legs are turned over. Play it safe with knee highs.
- A man is a man …
… Jewelry is therefore still not accepted in the business environment. Here, men should limit themselves to a maximum of one or two rings and a wristwatch.
- Sometimes it is casual.
At business lunches or after-work drinks, the tie can sometimes be missing.
- Fallen on it?
Business casual as a dress code suggests a casual look, but only to an appropriate extent: Jeans are absolutely taboo, as are shorts or open shoes.
- For advanced
Business casual, part 2: polo shirts, colored shirts and / or fine knitted pullovers in combination with cotton or corduroy pants are stylish.
In order to leave a good impression with the potential employer, Tabernig recommends that you inform yourself sufficiently about the company, the advertised position and the interview partner during the interview. In addition, it can be noticed negatively if a career starter appears to be too brisk: “Beginners should listen more than they speak, otherwise they will work like a charm,” the expert points out.