Executive Makeovers: The Secret to Your Success
If you want to advance more quickly in your career, executive makeovers offer you one way to step on the accelerator. When top fashion stylists, hairdressers, dermatologists, or plastic surgeons make over how you look, you give people the chance to look at you differently. Overnight, you become more interesting and attractive. Powerful people who didn’t give you the time of day suddenly want you in their orbit. Simply by switching up how you look, you’ve entered a whole new world.
The movie Crazy, Stupid, Love demonstrates the power of executive makeovers. Actor Steve Corell portrays a man who has gotten so comfortable in his marriage that he has stopped trying, much in the same way some executives do later on in their careers. He meets Ryan Gosling who is, in every sense of the word, a “player”.
Power of First Impressions
As a television journalist turned recruiter, I am painfully aware of the power of first impressions and executive makeovers. Being scrutinized by millions is painful. Yet, professionals on television get sent to wizards capable of polishing us to such a high-buff shine that it can be blinding. Hairstylists, colorists, make-up artists, fashion stylists, alterations tailors, dermatologists, cosmetic dentists, plastic surgeons, nutritionists, fitness trainers, photographers, lighting pros, photoshopping air-brushers, publicists, and, if we’re lonely, an entourage — they’re all there to make us better versions of ourselves.
TikTok Shows You Executive Makeovers
If you weren’t on television or in the public eye, it used to to impossible to figure out who to see to get the right kind of makeover help. However now, thanks largely to TikTok, a lot of that gate-kept makeover information is available to everyone. Search for “executive makeover” on the app, you’ll find CEO makeover results.
Want to dress better, eat better, style your hair better, or deal with that aging thing better so you don’t look your age? It is all right there on TikTok. Its videos even show you how to pose on camera. And if you’re feeling lazy, there’s a TikTok that turns you on to Remini.ai, an AI website that transforms bad LinkedIn profile photos into ones that are sure to get the attention of recruiters.
Executive Makeover Your Life
Changing the way you look is a power move. One minute, you’re an average executive fading into the C-suite woodwork. The next minute — cue music — you are taking someone’s breath away just standing there. Of course, you have to live up to the promise of appearing successful. You have to be good at whatever it is that you do. Nevertheless, the effect of tuning your appearance is profound — suddenly the you that deserves to be seen finally gets noticed. And the view is spectacular — as if you move in slow motion.
Executive makeovers are an effective way to avoid ageism. Far too often, gifted executives get overlooked because they haven’t paid enough attention to how they “present”. In the world of executive search, we talk about whether a candidate “presents well”. Tragically, whenever there are layoffs, boomers are among the first to go and they are among the last to be hired back because, well, they often look old.
Keep Up with Fashion
Keeping up with fashion is a way to appear younger than your actual age. As a culture, we have grown more sophisticated in our sense of style. In earlier years, young girls looked to their mothers for fashion cues. Now, according to research in the Journal of Consumer Behavior, girls look to celebrities, and mothers, in turn, look to their daughters for guidance on style. So people will notice if you dress the same or do your hair and makeup as when you entered the workforce. You can stay current together by wearing classic looks that flatter the current version of you.
Makeover Your Body and Mind
While growing older is impossible to avoid, much of what we consider aging can be. I’m not talking about actual age, but rather a state of body and mind. We can’t pull all-nighters like we used to. Our bodies don’t bounce back as they did before. Suddenly, we really do have to start taking care of ourselves. There are athletes, who are well into their 60s and beyond who make age seem like a number. Exercise may keep your body 30 years younger.
Reboot with Exercise
The good news is that boomers now have the secret to remaining as young as nature will allow: simply exercise, big time. Research into aging is rapidly advancing, but teasing apart what symptoms of aging we can prevent versus what we cannot is the conundrum facing scientists. The Great Age Reboot: Cracking the Longevity Code for a Younger Tomorrow is written by Michael F. Roizen, Chief Wellness Officer at the Cleveland Clinic. It is a fascinating guide to extended longevity. He writes people must be proactive in maintaining their own health—he recommends a healthy lifestyle consisting of a plant-forward diet that’s low in sugar, getting enough sleep, and staying hydrated. Remaining vital longer is the key to remaining a productive leader in the workforce.
For more executive makeover tips, check out our blog post: Top 20 Things Headhunters Want to See in LinkedIn Profiles. Remember, in The Hero’s Journey of your career, you’re the hero.