Ahhh…I can still remember those carefree weekends I experienced upon graduating from my nurse practitioner program. More drinking. Less studying. Falling in love. Outdoor concerts. Dive bars. Summer days at apartment swimming pools. I was also fortunate to land my first NP position at the age of 23. While I was certainly qualified for the job, my extracurricular activities and appearance weren’t so professional.
When I was hired for my first NP job I had braces. Not exactly the look I was going for as I embarked on finding a job and a husband, but I wanted to eek out every last bit of parental support I could (highly recommended!). So, I had some major obstacles to overcome in regards to my professional appearance.
If you are looking for a job in your twenties, a strikingly professional appearance is a must. Wear a suit to your interview and don pumps with a little heel, even if the practice environment is casual. This helps you carry yourself more confidently adding to your career savvy look. Wear your hair down or half up rather than in a pony tail. Choose black, navy, dark brown, or other neutrals when it comes to your wardrobe. Bright colors tend to highlight youth. You don’t have to leave the house looking like your mother, a trip to J. Crew should do the trick.