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The general rule for interview attire is ‘dress for the job you want, not the job you have.’ While this is frequently quoted, it can be confusing when it comes to more casual companies or uniform-based positions. It also varies by industry, whether it’s blue collar work or located in an office. If you’re interviewing for a manufacturing job, here are some tips for what to wear.

Start by researching the company

Before you make assumptions based on industry, do some research about the company and the people who will be conducting the interview. From this, you can get a feel for the atmosphere and decide if a formal look, like a suit, is required.

Aim for your best casual

If the company seems like a more casual yet professional kind of workplace, your goal should be your best casual. This means dark jeans without rips, wear, or fraying, and a nice shirt, usually a button down or polo. Women can still wear a skirt or dress, but it doesn’t need to have a suit jacket.

More than the style of what you wear, make sure the appearance of the items looks put together. This means the items need to match and be clean. Avoid clothing that’s old with faded colors. You want to fit into the atmosphere without looking like you just came in from doing yard work.

Keep covered up

Even in a more casual environment, you still want to look professional which means avoiding exposing too much skin. This can relate to the arms if wearing a tank top and legs if wearing shorts or a skirt. If too much skin is exposed, it may be the only thing that stands out about you.

It’s also important to check the length of your shirt, especially if you aren’t tucking it in. You don’t want to reach for a handshake and expose your stomach.

Choose minimal accessories

Like too much exposure, accessories in excess can speak louder than your qualifications so you want to keep your look simple. This includes avoiding heavy and/or bright jewelry, as well as a favorite hat. Even if you’re never without it, an interview isn’t the time to stand by that. Leave it in the car until you’re done.

Jumpstart your job search

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It’s the time of year when people are thinking more about luck, but that isn’t the best strategy when trying to land your dream job. Instead of wearing your lucky socks or listening to your lucky song before your next interview, try these tried-and-tested suggestions to create your own luck in the job search.

Don’t wait to apply

When you’re casually browsing for jobs, you might find and save an opportunity you love, putting it away until you have time to apply. This might make sense for your schedule but waiting too long can diminish your chances of getting noticed.

Experts vary in their opinion of how long is too long to wait, but some agree it should be within three days of when the job is posted. This means when you’re searching and see a job, look to see how long ago it was posted. Based on that timing, determine how long you have. It might be worth rearranging a few things to get the application done now.

Research shows that applications received within the first week are most likely to be considered because all others may slip to the bottom of the pile. Additional studies support that Tuesday is the best day to submit an application, so try your best to align your efforts and timing to increase your luck.

Use the keywords that make a difference

In today’s hiring process, the first step to getting your resume in front of a hiring manager is to pass an electronic gatekeeper known as an applicant tracking system or ATS. Its job is to scan resumes for the keywords an employer feels most relevant to the position. Even if a company doesn’t use an ATS, there’s likely a person scanning resumes for the right words.

What this means for you is if you don’t use the best keywords on your resume, it won’t matter how good or relevant your experience is because it won’t get noticed. Take the time before applying to read through the description carefully and incorporate industry keywords into your resume to help yourself stand out.

Take the time to write a cover letter

Writing cover letters, especially unique and personalized ones, takes time. It’s tempting to simply update an old or generic letter with the details from this position but doing so can hurt your chances. Even if you aren’t required, taking the time to write a letter and explain who you are and how you can benefit the company can show you took the extra initiative to stand out and show what you can do.

Work with a staffing agency

Some of the best luck you can give yourself is working with a staffing agency. Partnering with Workbox Staffing means you have a recruiter on your side to help you match your unique skills to the best opportunities for you. Our connections can get you into a company and give you the edge you need. Whether you’re looking for work in a light industrial, manufacturing, warehouse operations or clerical setting, we can help you. Apply online today and get started today!