I didn’t really care about the way I dress for a long time. But at some point in my career, I found out that this was not helping me in the workplace. I finally learned that you need to care about how you present yourself to others or they will make some pretty negative assumptions about you. I enlisted a friend who has good fashion sense, and she helped me to find trendy choker necklaces and a lot of other things that I needed in order to fit in better at work. You should have heard how many compliments I received on the first day at the office while wearing some of my new things!
I’ve always been a little bit mousey, and I guess that’s part of the problem. I was also bullied in school, and I did whatever I could to stay in the background because of that. I was careful not to wear anything in school that would bring any attention to me and cause some of the other girls to start teasing and bullying me. Both of my parents got into a car accident when I was just a young toddler, and they didn’t make it. So, my grandmother raised me. Right after I graduated high school, I lost her to a heart attack. I was on my own then, and I didn’t have the money to buy nice clothing. I was so depressed that I just didn’t care.
I haven’t done horribly in the workplace, but I was frustrated with the fact that I wanted to be seen as more professional by other people, and I felt that I was smart enough to move up, but I wasn’t doing that very easily. I asked friends what I should do to be taken more seriously, and they pointed out that I needed to upgrade my wardrobe. It is pretty nice to see how different people treat me now that I act like I care how I look.