When it comes to working in a legal profession, there’s a lot at stake. After all, you’re fighting the good fight, the fight for truth, justice, and the American way, a la Superman. It can really take its toll on you. However, there’s one element of working in a legal job that may surprise you with its level of importance, and that’s your appearance. Well, your appearance and your general demeanor. Maintaining a professional air is an important part of the job for several reasons, gaining the trust of clients, being taken seriously by the opposition and your peers, to name a few. Therefore, it’s of the utmost importance that you make sure to project an air of consummate professionalism on the job. Here are a few tips on how to do just that.
First and foremost, you’re going to need the right atmosphere in your office. Your office is an extension of yourself, so it needs to project a sense of gravitas and competence. There are a few key ways to accomplish this. For starters, keep your work space tidy. There’s nothing more disparaging to the image of a professional than a sloppy work space, after all, as it speaks to a disorganized method that implies a lack of skill. Then, there’s the style of your office. The decor of your office needs to be of a level of class that suggests sophistication, such as that you can find at a retailer like Nordstrom in order to achieve this effect. Try to leave kitschy baubles out of the equation, as tempting as they may be.
The other major element of your professional image is your suit. The “business” suit is a time honored staple of the professional wardrobe, as it projects that air of professionalism, as well as sophistication and wealth, so you’re going to need a good one in order to be taken seriously in your legal career. There aren’t so much rules as guidelines, as there is some wiggle room, so to speak, but the basics are to stick to neutral colors, for starters, and to use all vibrant colors, if any, only on accessories such as your shirt, socks, and tie.