Monday, August 13, 2012

Dressing to Impress

Not only is it mandatory in Canada to wear a uniform in the Security industry, it’s also a privilege. Wearing a uniform represents being part of a team, it looks professional and it signifies authority.  One of the cornerstones of the industry is professionalism and a properly worn uniform garners respect from your peers, your employers and the civilians that will require your aid. Wearing a uniform lets the world around you know that you have been chosen to fulfill a duty. You are “en garde” and you are there to help.

Some tips on how to keep your uniform looking sharp are:

1.)  Know how to properly tie a tie.  www.tie-a-tie.net and www.tieatieeasily.com are good online resources if you don’t already know how to tie a tie. Also, make sure your tie is straight, clean and not faded or dingy from age.

2.) Iron your pants and shirt after every wash.  If you’re afraid of burning your clothes remember that as long as you keep the iron moving nothing will burn. Follow the directions on the garment tags and iron section by section. Once you have completed a section, apply a thin layer of spray-on starch and iron over the area one more time.

3.) Keep your shoes shined. Scuffs are inevitable so you need to take care of your shoes.  Take out your shoe polish and a small container of water. Gently dab your shoe shine cloth in the water (but don’t soak it) and then apply the polish. Apply the polish to the shoe and then use a shoe shine brush to finish the job.

4.) Make sure any patches, insignias, and your name tag are straight and fastened tightly.  If you notice that a patch is starting to come loose, fix it. Or if your employer handles this, report it to them right away. How to fix a crooked or loose patch depends on whether they were ironed on or stitched. If you’re unsure about how to fix a patch it’s best to talk to your supervisor before attempting to fix it on your own.  Do not add anything to your uniform that has not been provided by or approved by your employer!

Remember that when people approach you in the line of duty they are approaching the uniform, not the individual. As such, your conduct needs to reflect back positively on the uniform. If a person has had a negative experience with someone else in uniform, like a police officer, they may lash out at you at first. Always be polite and professional while you are in uniform, even when you’re walking to your car at the end of your shift.

Posted by Chanelle Boudreau at 1:11 PM
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