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Can You Wear Boots to an Interview

by Riley Cook

It’s 2024, and the job market sucks!

Not only that, but the jobs you’re applying to through Indeed or ZipRecruiter may just be ghost job postings. There are a few reasons companies do this:

  1. They want to show that their company profit margins are high, as this looks good to their investors.

  2. They want the SEO that job posting websites provide. In other words, when you post a job on something like Indeed, other recruiting sites or employment websites will copy that information and post it on their platform. This leads to a temporary jump in traffic to that company’s website. Once they have your attention, they can either sell you something or get you to sign up for their mailing list, thus adding you—the job seeker—to their mailing list or earning a new customer.

It's a nefarious plot. Now, to make matters worse, Glassdoor has announced that they will now make it possible for companies to view past or present employees who leave negative reviews on their company page. This can lead to some people losing their jobs or others rescinding their applications once they learn the truth about a job they’ve applied for. All around, this leaves the job seeker in a precarious position because if you are already finding it difficult to land work, you may have to swallow your pride and apply at a company that has tons of negative reviews that you know to be somewhat true.

To put it simply, Glassdoor will now internally assign a person’s real name to both their account and anything they post with it. So, this means it’s easier for them to share that information with employers. This could also mean that if you apply to a job and the company wants to do a deep dive into your background to see what kind of reviews you’ve left for your past employers, they can very well do so.

Think about it, you can add a past employer to your resume, and the new company can reach out to them as well and ask them to search your information on Glassdoor for any negative information also. All in all, there’s a way to track you if you’re not careful. This small but very big detail can make job hunting even more difficult. So, what do you do?

First of all, take a moment to rethink the time you spend on social media. Granted, sometimes there’s that one post that has valuable information which can make a difference for you and your career trajectory, but overall, it’s all fluff. Most, if not all, of the people on social media who are investing in posting quality content are not doing it out of the goodness of their heart; they want to earn money.

Places like LinkedIn and TikTok have grown increasingly popular with sharing misinformation, opinions, and even some HR managers' and recruiters' gatekeeping information that you need to find your place in the working world. Not to mention the information they do get, that they ask you to pay to receive, is coming from articles online anyway. Articles that you’re reading now, for yourself, for free.

Navigating the job market can seem scary, but believe me, it’s manageable. Once you have an idea of what your goals are, you can work on achieving them seamlessly.

  1. Make a list of places you want to work and gather their contact information. Organize it into a spreadsheet.

  2. Peruse their website to locate information on any open positions they may have.

  3. Set aside 4 hours each morning to contact them—whether this is by email or by phone.

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With everything switching to online, it’s no longer as simple as walking into a store or calling a job and getting an interview, so it’s normal to get frustrated and feel like giving up, but don’t. The one thing you’re doing is what others are no longer doing, which will make you stand out from everyone else and intrigue a hiring manager. If you watch a TikTok video where a recruiter is trying to sell you a course or they’re listing 101 ways to get hired, don’t you think the other 121,541 people interacting with the video are all taking the same notes? In a world where everyone is doing the same thing, you should do the opposite.

Lastly, once you’ve landed the interview—because we know you will—it’s all about first impressions. Nowadays, everyone is so comfortable with their pandemic look that they forget the importance of making a good, quality first impression. Your hiring manager—whether it’s a Zoom call or in person—is not interested in seeing you rock the latest trends, just that you can carry yourself well.

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Wearing something like boots into an interview is a no-go. Even if the weather outside is bad, bring along a pair of heels to quickly change into before heading into the office. Sure, some may say otherwise, but again, you want to be the person who stands out.

Samara Morris, our Fashion Editor, says, “Wearing boots to an interview can be perceived as too casual, potentially undermining the professional impression you want to convey. When you are entering the workforce, it’s all about trust. Employers don’t know who you are beyond your resume—that piece of paper. So, you want to show up prepared for the job because you are trading something for something—your time in exchange for money. However, there are plenty of people willing to give them their time, but there are not a lot of people willing to give you money. So, the ball is in their court. Show up presentable without having to be told or asked, and they will know that they can count on you.”

We hope this analysis helped, and if you need some additional resources, check out the ‘related articles’ we have supplied through this article.


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