We all want to feel a sense of progress in our professional lives, and outlining specific goals can be a helpful way to keep forward momentum. Unfortunately, outlining and achieving are two different thing.
Sometimes being genuinely good at your job just isn’t enough to get noticed. Basic unwritten rules could be holding you back, so read on for practical solutions, from knowing how often you should wash a bra to gift-giving etiquette.
Dress to impress
It’s a common maxim to ‘dress for the job you want, not the job you have,’ but it’s one that bears repeating, especially for women. It’s easy to shrug into the same well-worn outfit every workday, but less than impressive at important meetings. Whether you’re an entrepreneur looking for start-up funding, or at a multinational seeking promotion, dressing to impress pays … literally.
A useful tip is to emulate the people you look up to, and who already have the role you’d like to achieve; although office wear in many workplaces is more casual now than it’s ever been, looking professional is always important. Think about creating a polished look, which includes crisp shirts. To get the effect without the hassle of ironing, just hang your shirt on a coat hanger in the bathroom while you take a shower. The steam will make the creases drop out, without a drop of effort!
Also important are well-fitting bras, which can quickly lose their elastic and shape with too much washing. But how often should you wash a bra? For most people, aiming for a wash after every two to three wears is sufficient. You should use a cool temperatures alongside a mild detergent that’s kind to silks and lace and wash sports bras more regularly (as they are expected to see more wear).
Use this guide on how often should you wash a bra if you’re still uncertain.
The unwritten rules
When looking to make an impression professionally, it’s important to abide by an unwritten code of conduct. Here are three useful rules of thumb when it comes to gifting:
- Presenting close coworkers with gifts on a special occasion is totally appropriate, while you’ll often be expected to buy gifts for clients on behalf of your company. In some places, buying a gift for your boss is frowned upon, so be sure to check!
- If you do decide to give a gift, make sure it’s restrained and not too personal; think a potted succulent or chocolate selection – something nice but not too intrusive.
- If gifting to commemorate a particular festival, make sure your intended recipient actually celebrates it; whether that’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali, Eid, or any other holiday.
Another important and generally unwritten rule is how much time you’re expected to spend working every day. This pressure might come from a demanding client who expects you to answer every email they send at 10pm, or from a culture of working late at your office. As long as you’re getting your job done, it shouldn’t matter when you leave.
Ultimately, you’re the one responsible for finding your own work/life balance, and there’s no shame in making changes if something isn’t right for you. Hopefully, these tips will help you work towards your professional goals while getting in some much-needed downtime too!