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Q.: I have a unique style. I wear my hair kind of funky, and it’s partly dyed pink. I also wear crazy colors of nail polish. It shows my fun side, I think.
Usually it’s no big deal, but recently I have been interviewing for a part-time job that can help tide me over while I’m finishing school. I’m beginning to think that my style is getting in my way. When I have gone to a few interviews, the people have been cordial but totally uninterested. – Unemployed Cutie, Silver Spring, Md.
A.: The choices you make in life affect the choices that others make. Chances are you can find a place to work that will embrace your style, such as in the art world, in certain hospitality areas and in telephone marketing.
You also may want to evaluate whether it might be worth it to tone down your style for work.