So you’re trying to decide if changing your look makes sense. There are costs and benefits to every choice that you make. But particularly when it comes to changing your appearance, there are hard and soft variables that you have to consider. Especially when it comes to money, you have to dig into the past, the present, and future.
Personally and professionally, what are you looking at in terms of cost and benefits? For example, what are the pros and cons of doing things like getting tattoos or body piercings? Those can have a big difference in the types of jobs that are available to you. Also, there is cosmetic surgery to consider. If you want to get a job being on-screen, it may be a good idea to get some gentle cosmetic surgery done to improve your competitive availability.
Third, there’s always the concept of dressing for success. If you want to change your look temporarily or permanently when it comes to fashion our lifestyle, you have to decide if the additional costs are worth what the other benefits eventually will turn out to be.
Tattoos and Jewelry
If you’re trying to decide whether to get a tattoo or not, you have to keep finances and professionalism in the equation. Getting visible tattoos when you’re younger may seem like a cool thing to do. But as you get older, you may find out that prevents you from even applying to specific jobs.
Because of this, you should always exercise extreme caution when making decisions that permanently alter your appearance with something like a tattoo. Getting body piercings is slightly more temporary, but if you do something like get huge earrings, that may affect how your ears look for the rest of your life. Again, it’s a matter of keeping your professional options open later in life.
Depending on who you ask, they will tell you that there are pros and cons about doing things like getting cosmetic surgery to alter your experience as a professional. You read about celebrity nose jobs all the time, but it’s hard to discern what of that is practical and what if it is ego-driven. If you are not a celebrity yourself, the cost and benefits of something like a nose job would be much harder to determine.
Dressing for Success
Most employment agencies will tell you to dress for success. It is a strange piece of advice, but it does have value in specific contexts. If the only thing different between you and another potential hire is that you dress more for the position that you want, then that gives you a competitive advantage. There is some difficulty in maintaining a certain fashion sense beyond a certain point, so you have to make sure you balance your budget with the potential for an improved chance of getting hired.