How to Navigate the Colors of Career Success

By Dennis McCafferty
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    The Color of Success: Black

    Black clothes convey leadership—a serious color for a serious professional.

In previous Baseline stories and slideshows, we've weighed in on how significantly your wardrobe choices can either enhance or hurt your career. The adage "Dress for the job you want, not the job you have" may sound old-fashioned, but it still works—even in today's casual work environment. Given that, have you ever considered the impression you make with the colors of your clothes? Managers and co-workers actually do draw conclusions about your capabilities and professional comportment based on the colors you favor, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. The colors of your clothes can make you seem frivolous, or they can project the image of an earnest, thoughtful go-getter. As part of the survey, CareerBuilder has matched a number of colors to the following perceived workplace attributes. Skeptical? Then try this experiment: Observe the color selections of senior managers and C-suite executives, and then decide whether the summaries below match their personalities. As a bonus, we've also included tips on dressing for success. Nearly 2,100 hiring managers and HR professionals took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2013-12-12
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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