Richard King – McNeill Nakamoto
This past month, there’s been a lot of online chatter about corporate dress codes and what (or what not) to wear to work. (Surely initiated by the recent, salacious news that Citigroup is being sued by a former employee who claims she was fired for dressing too provocatively- details here). It reminds me of a message my late uncle passed on to me early in my professional career.
I was 22 years old, recently graduated from UBC, working as a “key-op” for a print and copy centre in Richmond. My duties included greeting walk-in customers and running all the Xerox photocopy equipment. It was a very, very casual work environment and I often wore shorts and a T-shirt during my shift. I was making $35K (good dough at the time) and my colleagues and I goofed off all day long. It was a blast!
The following week I showed up at work wearing a new pair of chinos and a crisp, white shirt. My colleagues laughed at me and my boss said, “What’s with the new get up?” I said, “I want more out of this job.” Within six months I was promoted to inside sales rep and the following year I was their number one account manager.
“Dress up” for the next role you want in your career….you’ll get noticed!
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