RULE 69

Dress one step ahead

When I was an assistant manager, I dressed like one. When I wanted to be a manager, I studied what managers wore – and general managers. I opted to dress like a general manager and was duly promoted, thus missing out the manager’s position in between assistant and general. There is a style for every job. You may choose the job you want. Now you can choose to dress like that job. Then you will get that job. It is that simple. Just so long as when you get that job you can do that job – don’t fly until you can crawl.

I have held many interviews in my time for many different positions to be filled. I have never ceased to be amazed at how people dress for interviews. It’s almost as if they don’t want the job. I’ve seen ...

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