Okay – I admit it – this one is extreme. Several years ago before I realized that my body retains ice cream, my wife and I were in our favorite ice cream parlor. An unusual-looking young man walked through the front door. In my lifetime I have never seen anything like it. His hair was sticking out in every direction and came to a point at the top so sharp that it was dangerous. He had every imaginable color represented – green, purple, orange, red, lavender, black – it was really a sight to behold!
Right about now you might think I’m being critical. In reality, I’m not. I am simply reporting what I saw. Actually, I believe the young man had every right to look exactly as he did. That’s what America is all about. As a matter of fact, I would go to war to fight for that young man’s right to look exactly as he did. You bet I would! However, I would not give that young man a job, regardless of how capable he might be. He would be such a distraction that I don’t believe the other members of my staff would get much work done.
Here’s the point: It’s my conviction that most employers would take the same approach, so when the young man chose to look that way, he chose to eliminate 98% of his employment opportunities. Message: If you want a job, in most places you need to survey the market, observe how the other people appear when they go to work, and within reason, follow their example. In most places substantial latitude is allowed for individuality but there are limits. When you cross the line your chances of employment go down substantially. Think about it. Take the appropriate action and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!