NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Are you unknowingly sabotaging your career with the way you dress, sit or carry yourself? Some people are oblivious to what their actions and appearance convey in the workplace. If you're a solid performer who's not advancing in your job, it's time you put the magnifying glass on yourself. Our experts weigh in on the top six things that may be tainting your manager's perception of you and holding you back.
1. Your appearance is overly sloppy
Like it or not, image counts in business, says Lauren MacArthur, a partner in information design and delivery at recruitment firm WinterWyman. To get recognized for your smarts, work ethic and aptitude, you need to look the part.
"The reality is, it's not just good work ethic and attitude that will get you recognized, MacArthur says. "You are a package. If you look like an unmade bed, you're marketability will suffer inside your current company and in the outside job market."
First and lasting impressions can make or break upward mobility, she stresses.
"You will not be considered a top promotable prospect if you don't look put together. Period. The college casual look just doesn't cut in most work settings."
When in doubt, look at the style of the person whose job you'd like to have, suggests Barbara Greenberg, a clinical psychologist.
"What is your boss wearing? Emulate that. The visual input of who you are is the first thing people are going to know about you," Greenberg says.
2. You come in late or can't wait to leave