Personal Appearance


School to Work Unit 3

Dress, grooming, and personal cleanliness standards contribute to the morale of all employees and affect the business image. What is good hygiene?


Hygiene is all the actions a person take to be clean. This includes doing laundry, ironing clothes, mending clothes, shower, shampoo...


  • Make a  list and cut out pictures from sales flyers of personal hygiene items. To make it very concrete  sample hygiene items ( toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, deodorant, and comb) and make up "travel kits".
  • Review School Dress Code. Discuss dress codes for different jobs: formal, uniform, informal.
  • Clothing Selection- Categorize and list different types of clothes you'd wear to work in an informal work environment (casual, uniforms) , formal environment (office, sales), and after work only.  Sort pictures of clothing items.


NH Curriculum Standards - Career Learning

Curriculum Standard 6: Students will acquire the knowledge, attitudes and skills to make a successful transition from school to the world of work and adult life.

  • Describe the importance of individual characteristics in getting and keeping a job.- end of 8th ( appearance, hygiene)
  • Identify and explain the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees. end of 10th ( i.e. dress code)

Curriculum Standard 7: Students will understand the relationship between individual qualities, education and training, and the world of work.

  • Apply employability and job readiness skills to internship, mentoring, shadowing and/or other world-of-work related experiences. end of 10th (appropriate dress fort he job)
  • Apply job readiness skills to seek employment opportunities- end of 12th (appropriate dress for the job)


  • will demonstrate appropriate work habits by attaining at least 80% on the Work Behavior Rating Form
  • will identify and explain the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees with at least 80% accuracy when tested
  • will complete activities to identify personal characteristics related to work and occupational groups for exploration.

more activities for this unit:

  • Guest employees- Invite a variety of  employers to class to talk about dress code, what their dress codes are and why.
  • Shopping-   Ask students to use a variety of clothing catalogs to make a of list of the clothing items they would need. List how much it will cost to purchase an outfit for a job interview. Students should decide whether they are applying for a job in which casual or formal clothing is appropriate. Expand on this by having the students purchase a weeks worth of clothing appropriate for a workplace.
    Develop a checklist for proper dress for an interview.
    Develop a checklist for good grooming and hygiene habits for an interview

    Select proper and improper interview looks from magazines or clothing catalogues.


Get Ready- a check sheet list. Targets organizational skills and identifying necessary ADL's in order to get ready for school or work on time

 Post Test-
1. Name 5 personal care items.
2. What is the first thing the interviewer will notice about you?
3. Define personal hygiene.
4. How should you dress for a job interview?
5. What do you do to get ready, in the morning to come to school/ work? ( in review of an activity on making a morning checklist and time schedule to get ready for school/work)
6. Solve this problem: You spill coffee on you pants or before an interview or going to work, what would you do?
7. What would you wear to work for the following jobs: (select 2 from the list)
a. auto mechanic, b. day care center teacher aide, c. secretary, d. grocery store clerk, stocking shelves and bagging, recycling center employee- sorting plastic, glass etc.
Pick jobs the students have experience with.