Dress for Success Information Session

Report
Dressing for Success
One Key to Your
Future
Dr. Julia Barnes
Interim President
Forrest Junior College
Lifestyles for Ladies Conference
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Medical providers, legal
assistance, and shelters can
give you a hand in getting
out of an abusive situation.
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But once you are on your own…..
What do you do?
 Financial Security
comes from a JOB
and..
 A steady income.
 Bottom line – you need
one, and here are tips
on what you need to
know to get it!
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Appearance Matters…
Recent studies have
indicated that 60% of
employers will determine
whether you will land a job
or not based on your
appearance alone.
 Contrary to the movie, the
Erin Brockovich look is not
likely to be hired!
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First Impressions
Always remember there is never a
second chance to make a first
impression
 A first impression is like a finger print
-- it can not be rubbed off or removed
 Negative or positive a first impression
is permanent!!!!
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General Attire Tips
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Know the company
dress code
Wear neat and clean
clothing
Make sure your
clothing fit
Go easy on trends
Watch “heaviness”
Aim for a smooth
look
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De-clutter
Look at yourself in
the mirror
Not too casual on
Casual Day
People-watch
People-ask
Read magazines
HYGIENE
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The standard uniform of the Past
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Men= suit and tie
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Women= suit with skirt
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Today...
Remember companies each have their
individual culture – what is typical in that work
setting.
 Investigate what the standards may be for
dressing for each company you contact for an
interview.
 Ask the human resources department what
would be appropriate if you are not sure.
 Scope the area out if necessary.
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How do I dress for a job interview
in a Business-Casual World?
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This will depend
on the place of
employment you
select
Many companies
have emerged to
casual dress
codes
Others are still
focusing on suits
and ties
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BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL
FOR WOMEN
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Matching suit jacket and knee
length (or longer) skirt or pants
Conservative colors, (i.e. navy,
black, gray)
Long sleeve or short sleeve
blouses
Dress shoes or dress boots with
long skirts or pants only
CHECK OUT GOODWILL & OTHER
THRIFT SHOPS!
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Best Colors to wear for a job
interview……..
Black
 Grays
 Burgundy
 Browns
 Navy
 Muted plaids
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If you are NOT to wear a suit…
then what should you wear?
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Rule of thumb –
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Wear something dressier than what the
employees are wearing to work
Slacks/coordinate or skirt suit for women is
safe.
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Hillary Clinton’s “PANTSUIT”
trademark…
Pants? Skirts? Or
Pantsuit???
 The question is still
somewhat controversial.
 The first ladies image since
1900’s has been skirts and
dresses, until Hillary
Clinton.
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Accessories & Fragrances
Conservative, again depending on the
company
 Ease up on jewelry and perfume
Examples-American Eagle store vs. Bank
Hospital vs. Restaurant
Wildlife Park vs. Public school
Dell vs. Dillard’s
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Make up???
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Broadway environment or office environment?
Determine your work environment ahead of time
Dress the part or role for your job
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Nails, hair, glasses, shoes…
these “little” things matter too!!!
Nails should be trimmed and clean
 Hair should be well groomed and
away from your face
 Glasses should be smudge free and
clear
 Shoes should be cleaned and
polished
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Interview Attire for Women
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Conservative navy or gray
skirted suit
Skirt length below the knee
Light/white cotton or silk
blouse
Conservative colored,
flawless pantyhose
Low-heeled shoes
Briefcase rather than purse
Minimal make-up, perfume
and conservative nail polish
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BUSINESS ATTIRE FOR WOMEN
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Business knee-length
dresses with suit jacket
Suit jacket and pressed
pants (do not have to be of
the same set)
Blouses
Third piece
Dress shoes or dress boots
with long skirts or pants
only
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“Casual” Casual for Gals
Doesn’t mean that you can show up
wearing anything you want
 Remember that you are still portraying an
image of yourself
 Don’t try out the newest fashion trends
 Don’t overdress
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BUSINESS CASUAL FOR WOMEN
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Pressed khakis or
slacks-NO JEANS
Knee-length or longer
dresses/skirts
Sweater sets
Long or short sleeve
blouses
Non-athletic socks and
shoes
Dress shoes, heels, or
boots
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Interviewing Tips
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Research your company
Know your resume inside out
Practice with your friends if you have trouble with
interviewing
Prepare answers for your weaknesses
Get to the interview 15 minutes early and give
yourself a pep talk
Firm handshake, eye contact, and a smile show
confidence
Analyze your interviewer and shine
Ask unique, educated questions, do not ask about
salary!
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INTERVIEW ATTIRE FOR
WOMEN
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Suits:
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Color: Navy, gray,
cobalt blue, and black
Length of skirt: below
the knee
Shoes:
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Blouse:
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Best fabrics: Silk,
cotton, or rayon
Color: Neutral nothing
overwhelming
Modest cut
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Match your suit, no
contrasting tones
Color: Black or navy
Style: Closed toe pump
with small heel (no more
than 2 inches)
Accessories
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Neutral hose
Belt and purse match
shoes
Jewelry: subtle do not
want to draw attention to
any one thing
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Interview Tips
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Wear your best “interview outfit” unless specified
otherwise
Wear dress shoes
Conservative accessories
Bring something to take notes with and a pen
Have a strategy and know what events/activities
you want to talk about
You want the job, so know how to take control
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Ask questions, make them talk
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New Wave Trends…
That need to be addressed
Be careful with tattoos,
nose rings, brow rings,
spiky and colorful hair
styles Again, some employers
may frown on this
depending what the
work environment is…
 They may not “say” a
thing – but may not
HIRE!
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Example Interviews
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Fast Food
Telemarketer
Manufacturing
Janitorial
Gardener
Housekeeping
Child care worker
Waitress
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Example Interviews
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Administrative support
Hotel desk clerk
Retail sales
Trainer
Social worker
Nurse
Paralegal
Photographer
Clerical
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Example Interviews
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Management
Architect
School teacher
Project manager
Attorney
Insurance agent
Executive secretary
Banking
Engineer
Sales representative
Personnel
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This is NOT the time to be “unique.”
Don’t go in jeans!
 No spiked hair, t-shirts, overly casual
attire.
 One ring per hand.
 One earring per ear.
 Be “neutral.”
 You can show your individuality AFTER
you are hired!
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A second interview…
What should I wear?
If it is an office environment where
everyone wears a suit…have another
suit ready to go
 If the workplace is casual -- a skirt
suit or pant suit .
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Part of you is your behavior,
verbal and non- verbal cues……
Posture
 Eye contact
 Body language
 Tone and pitch of voice
 Facial gestures
 Hand gestures
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Websites to visit…
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Monster http://www.monster.com/
America's Job Bank http://www.ajb.dni.us/
Career http://www.career.com/
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College Job Board
http://www.collegejobboard.com
College Recruiter
http://www.collegerecruiter.com/
Hot Jobs http://www.hotjobs.com/
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Good luck………..
You’re
Hired!
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Questions?
Ask Now or Regret it Later
For more information:
Julia Barnes
Forrest Junior College
225-7653
[email protected]
www.forrestcollege.edu

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