What I think these few kids forget is high school graduation, along with the memories associated with it, are events that will take on more meaning when someday a son or daughter looks at that senior picture and asks, “Is that you, Dad? Why was everybody but you wearing a tie?” When that moment comes, one wonders how many of those dads will muse, “What was I thinking back then? Why didn’t I bother to look my best so my son or daughter would be proud of me?”
As someone once said, “Clothes don’t make the man (or woman), but they sure do leave a lasting impression.” And one would presume that most people would want that to be a positive impression, but not always. Personal appearance is something kids getting ready to graduate from high school should keep in mind when the time comes for senior pictures. It’s not a time to be a rebel and purposely wear a crummy T-shirt for the yearbook photo!
The job interview, as mentioned previously, is probably the most important moment of all, in terms of looking one’s best, for any young person who has finished his or her education. Looking one’s best, however, isn’t all there is to it. Although not related to appearance, there are other qualities essential to successful job interviews. Verbal skills, for example, rank right up there with looking one’s best when the time comes to interview for that first job. If it were up to me, a mandatory part of every high school curriculum would be a course in public speaking. I would even go further than that; there ought to be a course not just in public speaking, but also in interviewing skills – how to prepare for a job interview, in other words.