As I crossed campus this morning I was struck by how many of the students I passed were in business suits. I must admit they look so professional and smart in their suits. Our students are in suits when they have interviews, employer panels in class, employer information sessions on campus, executive luncheons and other activities with our employer partners. They certainly look like the business professionals they aspire to be.
Dressing professionally demonstrates to the employers that the students know how to present themselves in a professional manner and that they are taking their interaction with the employers very seriously. Whether the employer works at a company where suits are required every day is not relevant. Demonstrating their ability to dress appropriately when needed is an important trait to employers.
Dressing for success is an opportunity to promote your personal brand with the employers and demonstrate your interest in the employer. Making a positive first impression often goes a long way towards being remembered by the employer.
While I still see students in their jeans and tee shirts, it is exciting to be part of an MBA program where suits are such a regular sight on campus. We are preparing students to be successful in their careers not just in the classes they take but in the employer interactions they experience as well. While they are taking classes, they are also building a strong foundation for their professional network.