Is your image holding you back?

A lack of confidence is holding back women in their careers according to a new survey. Almost 50% of women believe they would be further in their career if they had more self-belief.

In a survey of 2,000 British women – carried out by Head & Shoulders – 92% of respondents admitted to having hang ups, with the most frequent obstacle being anxiety about their appearance.

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The secret to powerful and confident dressing

Why is it that our mood is so often determined by the way we feel about ourselves.  If someone is feeling a bit low or lacks self-confidence, this is often reflected in what they wear.  On the other hand, if someone has a positive attitude and is confident, this will show in what they are wearing.
Rightly or wrongly, perception is everything in today’s highly visual world.  I always advise my clients (particularly if they are working in the corporate world), that they should learn to use their personal image as a way to control and propel their career success.

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Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.

We’ve heard this so many times and yet, it is not something we think about on a day to day basis. However, presenting yourself successfully for the job you have is so much more than the clothes you wear. I believe it is also a mind-set in how you feel about yourself and your competencies.  No matter what your skills or experience is, don’t let your personal image ruin your chances to make the best possible impression no matter what the occasion.

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Donate a bag – give a child an education

It is said that we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time! That means that we have an awful lot of clothes in our wardrobes which rarely see the light of day.  My experience in working with clients in wardrobe weeding sessions that this is true and it also applies to accessories! In particular, I find that women often have lots of handbags and belts that they rarely if ever use.  Perhaps they bought on impulse, were given a gift of a ‘good’ bag or simply the bag is the wrong shape, wrong colour, too big/small etc! 

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Compliments – giving and receiving!

What is it about us that makes accepting a compliment so uneasy? Or sometimes, just downright difficult?! Is it an Irish thing? Is it an age thing?  When someone says to us ‘You look great’ we immediately deflect the attention by brushing it off and saying ‘I got this in a sale for half nothing’ or ‘you must need new glasses’ or ‘no, I really do look awful’!  We do it all the time!  Why?

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