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AOL's Find-a-job Web site has an interesting story about the dress code for the "Generation Y."
Dress Codes Deciphered for Generation Y
While it may be acceptable to have pink hair, wear sandals and rock out to your iPod at some jobs, better safe than sorry. A small tattoo probably won't get you fired, but letting your cell phone ring all day long or wearing flip-flops at a law firm won't impress people, and could get you fired.

They then link to a USAToday story on the subject.

The story raises interesting issues for feds. The government is not known for its modern dress code, although I suspect there are probably exceptions. Here at FCW, we ask reporters to dress so they do not stand out. I, however, don't ususally wear a tie to work because I don't really need to. But I suspect that, by and large, most federal agencies are more conservative. Are flip-flops allowed?

Last year, we did a story we called "Twenty-something," where we looked at folks in their 20s and asked why they decided to work for the federal government. It has always struck me that as feds are asked to do more, as they are put under fresh competition, yet as they are given little by way of additional compensation, maybe the federal dress code could be one thing that changes?

Posted by Christopher Dorobek on Aug 17, 2005 at 12:14 PM


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