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Resource: Career Advice
10 Fashion Tips For an Interview
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

While dressing "professionally" has its limits, what to wear to an interview can vary in styles depending on the industry. For example, a professional in a cosmetics field might be more fashion forward than the person interviewing at a science laboratory.


Conservative is usually the key word no matter field though. Here some things to keep in mind when striving for that conservative look.


Outdated suits: Styles of clothing garments change. Even though you may think, "well it's still a suit," the interviewer will wonder when was the last time you stepped foot into a shopping mall--or the outside world. Stay connected with current fashions. The more outdated you look, the more outdated you might seem as a worker.


Bare legs: Women should wear stockings no matter what season. Chances are your interview will take place in a decently air-conditioned room so there's no need to worry about dressing for the weather. Plain and neutral is better to play it safe.


Short skirts: Short skirts look tacky in an interview. They shouldn't go more than three inches above the knee. Never wear capri pants or leggings to an interview if you want to be taken seriously.


Wild or unclipped nails: Like anything else, women shouldn't have nail polish on that isn;t appropriate with the style of the workplace. Men should be conscious of their hygiene. Long, dirty fingernails will turn an interviewer off in seconds.


Open-toed or Backless shoes: These are too casual for professional attire. Simple, low heels work best and will probably be the most comfortable. Make sure the styles are up-to-date as well. While pointy heels may have been in style at one point, their time has come and gone.


Leather jackets: Another too casual garment. Leather jackets aren't sold with suits or collared shirts so you shouldn't feel the need to pair them together. Put on a blazer instead.


Printed handbags: Even though it's just a purse or bag that you may use on a daily basis, at least make an exception for an interview. A bag that's too loud will have the same effect as loud nail polish, it's just too much.


Turtlenecks: Leave these in the closet, you can't go wrong with a button-up.


Colored briefcases: Stick to coventional and dark colored briefcases. Colors like red, even a brown that's too light, might not look fitting for the interview. Make sure it's in good condition as well.


To get a better understanding of what conservative is, think bland and boring. While you still want to show the employer your personality and individualism, it should be demonstrated through dialogue and your answers to their questions. Attire that is too distracting or doesn't look presentable can make a bad impression before you get a chance to speak. The less your dress says, the more you'll be able to.

How to Look Good On Paper & In Person
Friday, January 13, 2012

In attempts to get noticed people will go to far lengths to look outstanding on a resume. But many recruiters learn that these amazing candidates do always turn out as expected and result in a lot of disappointment. This is becoming more common as it the competition grows and it becomes more difficult to tell who's actually walking their talk.

Naturally, with so many people looking for work, there's been an increase in advice being offered for resumes and cover letters making anyone look like the perfect candidate. But looking good on paper is a toe in the water. Many people don't realize that most of it comes down to the chemistry in the interview.

The ideal candidate for recruiters: Someone whose qualifications matches on paper and in person. Here some tips on how to find the perfect balance:

On Paper:

Customize your letters. Don't send out generic ones that leave the hiring manager guessing how your abilities and qualifications relate to the position. Everything is abou the company, show them exactly how you'll fit in.

Get a little creative. Don't be afraid to show them some of your personality by adding something funny or catchy. It's also a good way to stand out from the crowd.

Keep in mind that the goal of a resume is to get you an interview, not hired. Give hiring managers reasons to want to talk to you and eventually a job offer.

In Person:

Arrive early to the office familiarize yourself with it. Look around, use the restroom. Get an idea of a what typical day at the company feels like.

Bring a notepad and extra copies of your resume. Whether you'll need it or not doesn't really matter. The point is to be prepared and use it when appropriate to show that you're taking the meeting to heart.

Always do background research on a company even if you're just applying. Companies don't want to hire people who have no idea about what they do. Take initiative in getting to know more about your potential employer. Showing a deep interest in them will invite a reciprocated response.

Dress professionally and conservatively. Use the saying, "dress to impress," as a guiding principle. Looking to high or low maintenance will send the wrong message that overshadow any positives on your resume.

Brainstorm at least five talking points as to why you would be the best fit for the position. You don't want to end up as a deer in headlights after every question.

Focus on how you can effectively contribute to the company in the position. You're there to show them what you can bring to the table, not the other way around.

Of course, always thank the interviewer for taking the time out to meet with you. Hiring managers want to see humility in candidates to see that they are sincere about their interest. Follow up the next day with a hand-written thank you note and customize it by referring to something learned or discussed in the interview process. And again, make sure to confirm your interest.