A first impression is formed in less than five seconds. Do you wear your jewelry in matched sets? Dated! Do you always choose sensible shoes that don’t match your outfit? Old! Do you have a stain or a hole in your clothing and think no one will notice? Sloppy! Do you think flip-flops are okay to wear to work? Young! Entitled!

Do you think this doesn’t apply to you, or that you don’t need help? The amount of time you have to impress upon someone that you are right for the job passes as quickly as an eye roll. Your five seconds could happen on the way into an interview, as you casually pass someone in the hall, or when you enter ...

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