Professionals of all ages, go out and embrace your inner mullet. All you have to do is find the right balance between professionalism and fun.
The reason? I was being too professional and needed to come across as someone who could also relax and a have a good time. Enter the mullet reference. Together, we decided my personality during interviews should be compared to the mullet tagline, “business in the front, party in the back.”
While I do not promote the mullet hairstyle, I do promote the mullet professional style, and it’s all in presentation.
Just as with the hairstyle, the mullet professional style has two parts.
1. “Business in the front.”
Be professional. Put effort into your appearance, walk with poise, speak eloquently and get the job done with vigor.
Your office may require a suit every day, request business casual or let you wear footie pajamas if you choose. Regardless of the dress code, you can still act like a mature professional and take yourself seriously. If you don’t, no one else will.
2. “Party in the back.”
Every professional likes to have fun in some way (especially in public relations). You can, and should, show you off your fun side at work. Who wants to be seen as the intimidating, standoffish, boring employee?
Take the time to be social at work. Make jokes, master the art of making interesting small talk, and participate in activities that take place outside the office.
A word of caution: There’s a reason the party is in the back and not the front. While you should show your co-workers you can have fun, you can’t do it all the time. Remember that getting your work done is the top priority. Have fun along the way, but save the activities that distract you from getting work done for after hours (happy hour, anyone?)