Climbing the corporate ladder is competitive, there’s no doubt about it. However with the few steps outlined below, you will be positioned to be just a cut above the rest when it comes to how you look.

While just cleaning up yourself might not give you a raise tomorrow, they will at the very least position you as a confident worker that is focused on the task at hand while you’re in the office.

In fact, you should check out TED speech sometime about how ‘fake it till you make it’ is true.  In the speech, Amy Cuddy talks about ‘power posing’ and how it might have an added effect on your success.

Check Out Your Beard

In today’s workforce, office settings are becoming more and more casual.  More and more men are sporting a 5 o’clock shadow or even a full beard.

While there might not exactly be any sort of policy against facial hair, take a second and think if it makes sense for your work environment.

Take a step back and look at the top brass within your company, do they have beards?  If so, are they well kempt? 

If the answer to that question is that they don’t have beards perhaps you should shave it off for the time being, especially if climbing that ladder is important to you.

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Clean Up Your Nails

Don’t be the office Freddy Krueger!  Cut your fingernails once a day or at the very least once every two days.  If there is one thing you should take away from this article, its this.

The Connector

While I get that it might be a royal pain in the neck to do this on a weekly or so basis.  You still want to keep a great appearance while at the office.

If you are working towards a position that will require interactions with clients or prospective clients, employers are going to want to know that they can trust to send you and not Bert to a client dinner.

Think about Fashion

I am not asking you to obsess about it, just to simply think about it.  Adding to your wardrobe on a regular basis is one of the best things you can do for your self confidence at work and your employer will notice.

Be it adding a nice buttoned down shirt, a simple wrist watch a little bit of flair can add a lot to your style.  If you are looking for great fashion tips and to get advice, I highly recommend that you check out the subreddit /r/malefashionadvice. 

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There you can find great insight to fashion trends by season, what to wear for events, general style guides, and to top it off, some great grooming advice.