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4 Grooming Tips for Millennials Starting their First Professional Job

4 Grooming Tips for Millennials Starting their First Professional Job

Starting your first professional job can be both exciting and scary. Millennials often don’t know what to wear at their first professional job. Here are some grooming tips that will help you make a great impression on your boss on new coworkers.

1. Choose Clothes That Make You Look Older

In the workforce, people tend to equate age with experience and expertise. This can put millennial professionals at a disadvantage, regardless of how qualified they are.

It is a good idea to choose a wardrobe that makes you look older. Even if your company lets you get away with wearing jeans, you may want to at least wear khakis.

Young male professionals may also want to try growing a little bit of a beard. It can add a few years to your face, which will make you seem a little wiser and more mature.

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2. Take Care of Your Facial Hair

Young men need to know how to deal with their facial hair. On the one hand, it makes them look older. However, it’s also important to keep your beard trimmed and tidy.

Learn how to use beard balm to trim your beard properly. You need to take care of it regularly to truly fit in at your first professional job. If you can’t, it’s better to shave it.

3. Customize Your Wardrobe for Your Profession

Most people think that dressing professionally requires wearing a suit. That may be the case in many industries, but it isn’t necessary or even appropriate in many professional jobs. For some jobs, a multi-threaded suit is perfect. In other jobs, such as tech startups, everyone is expected to wear jeans and a plaid shirt.

“You don’t want to show up in a suit if everyone wears jeans,” Rosemary Haefner, the vice president of human resources at Careerbuilder.com, told Forbes contributor Jacquelyn Smith. “One size doesn’t fit all. People assume ‘professional’ means a suit, but it depends on the company or industry.”

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You need to know the company’s dress code. Some companies have both a formal and unspoken dress code. The dress code may not technically require you to wear a tie, but it may still be an expectation.

If you are unsure what to wear, it is best to speak to either your supervisor or a trusted, more experienced coworker. They will be happy to give you some advice.

4. Women Should Downplay Their Attractiveness

Attractive young women have to work harder to be taken seriously. They should generally choose an outfit that downplays their attractiveness, without hiding it entirely.

Shellie Karabell recently wrote an article discussing the challenges women face as they dress to impress their new employers. Karabell pointed out that they must meet conflicting expectations – trying to be conservative and still trying to look attractive.

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In particular, attractive women in their 20’s have to work harder and dress wisely to earn respect. It is recommended to wear outfits that hide their curves and avoid anything that is too low-cut or tight.

Of course, there are always exceptions. Women working in the fashion industry need to look attractive to succeed, so they need to play by a different set of rules.

Have Some Essential Clothes in Your Wardrobe

There are a number of clothes that you will need to wear regularly. Of course, these accessories depend on your company’s dress code. Melissa Suzuno, a writer of After College, says that her wardrobe includes the following:

  • A few blazers
  • Several pairs of fitted, non-jean pants
  • Cropped, black pants
  • Appropriate heels
  • Sleeveless blouses with the appropriate length

Your own wardrobe may be a little different, but these are some good staples for women in most workplaces. An appropriate wardrobe for men may look similar, except they should have loafer shoes and a dress shirt instead of heels and a blouse.

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Conclusion

Transitioning from college to the workforce is never easy, but it can be made less intimidating if you know how to dress like a professional. Things will go smoothly if you follow these tips.

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Last Updated on June 26, 2019

I Hate My Life: 10 Things You Can Do Now to Stop Hating Life

I Hate My Life: 10 Things You Can Do Now to Stop Hating Life

Hating life is a bit of a misnomer it seems: in the media, in education, in every aspect of our lives, we’re shown visions of a perfect world, one where everyone is happy and life is a decades-long dream. Unfortunately, it isn’t.

Life can and is hard and tough and painful at times. I have first-hand experience of this: at this time years ago, I was a recent university graduate, unemployed and aimless. All of this was having a knock-on effect on my social and mental wellbeing—I wasn’t sleeping. I wasn’t seeing my friends as often. I was snappy to family members and I could barely drag myself out of bed in the morning…

That doesn’t mean it can’t change.

Life goes through ebbs and flows all the time and the key to getting through it all without cutting off your social circle and eating your local grocery store out of Ben & Jerry’s, is to cultivate some techniques and methods of going through life with some stability and grace. It’s not a guarantee against life’s hardships but, take the steps you want to use and you won’t hate life.

If you want to stop hating your life and start falling in love with it, take these steps:

1. Get Plenty of Sleep

Seriously, you’re obviously going to be grouchy and more inclined towards the more miserable side, if you’re not getting your recommended seven or more hours of sleep a night.

Start checking in how much you sleep and then start making steps to go to bed earlier and sleep for longer. It might cure every problem but at least you’ll be well-rested and less likely to nap throughout the day. If you having trouble getting to sleep, go and

2. Eat Healthily

I have had a real issue with eating healthily for years and it wasn’t until I was hospitalised a few years ago (for a condition unrelated to my eating for the sake of disclosure), that I really started to look at what I ate and how I viewed my body.

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I’m absolutely an advocate of body positivity and loving your body at any size and while I haven’t lost any huge amount of weight, eating a hell of a lot healthier improved my mood and made me feel better.

In short, it’s absolutely okay to have a pizza and a soda as a treat, but just have something healthier tomorrow.

3. Write It All Down

Sometimes the best thing you can do is let it all out. Keeping things that are making you hate life all bottled up is neither helpful to getting out of that cycle nor healthy for your overall wellbeing.

Grab yourself a notebook, a journal, a diary, a bit of paper, whatever, and just start writing down how you feel. As soon as you’ve done that, start thinking about what you could do in theory to stop this from happening or to stop you from feeling like this.

4. Get Some Fresh Air

It’s underrated and we all take it for granted, but really, getting out of your home and going for a walk can be really beneficial. It gets you outside in the (hopefully) sunshine and getting to see the whole of life as you walk around can be really grounding and calming.

Believe me, if you’re stuck inside mulling over on the bad things of your life, grab a pair of sneakers and go for a walk. Plus, it’s free. Can’t say better than that, can you?

5. Get Some Exercise

This is practically a Part II of the previous step, but as someone who used to look at the gym as something people did when they were feeling particularly masochistic, I can actually say I enjoy it now.

You don’t even have to subscribe to a fancy gym—go for a run around the block with your headphones in or lift some heavy boxes to build up muscle tone.

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Bonus: Doing all that heavy lifting of boxes or incorporating exercise into chores will make your house cleaner and look even more awesome, as well as making you look and feel better.

6. Treat Yourself

Hating your life can be exhausting, and I mean that literally. It drains the energy from you until all you want to do is lie in bed with a pint of ice cream and the last five seasons of a TV show on Netflix.

Therefore, a good thing to keep your spirits up can be to treat yourself.

Life is too short, after all, to deny yourself some treats. Go see that movie that looks awesome in the cinema, grab a gelato with a friend, paint your nails, whatever makes you happy, do it. You deserve it.

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7. Cut out Those Negative Triggers

Chances are that if you hate life, something is setting off those triggers in your head. Until you’re able to deal with them without turning all misanthropic, the best thing might be just to get rid of all of those negative triggers.

If you’re suffering from what AllGroanUp refer to as “Obsessive Comparison Disorder” (i.e. obsessively checking out the lifestyles of all your “successful” friends), then stop using Facebook and Twitter as much.

Social media can be a fantastic way to connect, but it can be also be a toxic environment for neuroses and comparisons to breed.

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Trust me, I know. If it sets you off, cut it out.

8. Dance

Yes you can dance. No, really, you can. It doesn’t matter if you’re not some breakdancing dynamo or ballroom extraordinaire, everyone can dance. It’s programmed into the human race, the ultimate expression of emotion.

Dance like no one’s watching, dance like you don’t care. Tap your feet, sway your hips, go as mad or as wild as you want to to your favourite songs. Nothing quite shakes the cobwebs off than losing yourself in rhythm and dance to a song you love.

9. Get Organized

A great way to start moving forward and looking at what you can change in your life to make it better, is to get organized.

Spend a weekend going through your home and clearing the unnecessary stuff out of it. Get rid of the stuff you don’t need or don’t want anymore and start to give everything a space.

It doesn’t have to look like it’s stepped off the pages of Good Housekeeping, but clearing a lot of space and making sure that your home has a bit of harmony can do wonders for your mental wellbeing.

10. Pay It Forward

Life is a mystery and it can be a minefield to get through. Sometimes you stumble, sometimes you fall. The important part is to pick yourself back up and keep walking forward.

Paying it forward is simply helping others. Charity is something that is often thrown around as an accessory to human behavior—how many celebrities have you read about who have done something heinous, but are defended by the phrase “but [they] do charity work”?

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Go volunteer! If you think you’re at breaking point, go help other people.

People in the world out there will be going through the same things that you are going through; and while you might not run into someone who’s going through the exact same circumstances, you will be helping people who need help.

Helping out a soup kitchen, or at a church bake sale, or at a homeless shelter or wherever needs help, can make a huge difference to the lives of those individuals involved. And believe me, it’ll do a hell of a lot for your state of mind .

A great idol of mine, Audrey Hepburn, once stated that we have two hands: one for helping ourselves, and one for helping others. That’s a fantastic sentiment and one I think will help people who hate their live.

If you go and help other people, you’re having such a positive ripple effect on the world that some of it will come back to you one way or another, and it will get better.

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