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Dressing for success
Dressing for success
Dressing for success
Dressing for success
Dressing for success
Dressing for success
Dressing for success
Dressing for success
Dressing for success
Dressing for success
Dressing for success
Dressing for success
Dressing for success
Dressing for success
Dressing for success
Dressing for success
Dressing for success
Dressing for success
Dressing for success
Dressing for success
Dressing for success
Dressing for success
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  • Remember“You only getone chanceto make a firstimpression.”
  • Utah Education
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    • 1. Dressing for Success<br />
    • 2. What’s So Important about DRESS?<br />First impressions are CRITICAL! <br />You are marketing a product – YOURSELF!<br />Dress is the first thing an employer sees when greeting you!<br />Will dressing properly get you the job? NO, but it will:<br />Give you a competitive edge <br />Provide a positive first impression!<br />
    • 3. Should you be judged by what you wear?<br />PERHAPS NOT<br />THE REALITY:<br />You ARE judged<br />With the job interview, it’s HOW YOU ARE DRESSED that sets the tone of the interview.<br />The Reality<br />
    • 4. Why Prepare?<br /> It’s a jungle out there…..<br /> Competition is strong, and the way we present ourselves is under closer examination more than ever before.<br />
    • 5. For the Interview<br /><ul><li>Present yourself as a professional
    • 6. Dress for the interview, not a party
    • 7. Don’t distract the interviewer’s attention; it should be on what you have to say, not your appearance
    • 8. Arrive early and check out your appearance
    • 9. A smile, a firm handshake, and a positive attitude make a good first impression</li></li></ul><li>Conservative is ALWAYS the safest route<br />BUT – do some investigation of the employer<br />What you wear should make you look as though you FIT IN with the organization<br />If you overdress or under dress, the employer may feel that you don’t care enough about the job!<br />Ways to find out the proper dress:<br />Call the Human Resources offices and ask<br />Visit the company’s office and observe the attire current employees are wearing<br />Make sure you are not there on a “casual day”!<br />How Should I Dress?<br />
    • 10. Avoid “making a statement”. You are at work, not a fashion show. Khaki pants or skirt, a short-sleeved shirt, and matching shoes are always safe.<br />Refrain from wearing sleeveless shirts or blouses.<br />Make sure your clothes are wrinkle-free; hang them neatly and iron if necessary.<br />“Casual” is not “sloppy”. Tuck your blouse or shirt in snugly, wear a belt to hold it in place, and tie your shoelaces neatly.<br />See dress as way to make a good impression.<br />
    • 11. For men, pants that ride low, below the waist. Put on a belt.<br />For women, tops with plunging necklines. Keep the top buttons buttoned.<br />For everyone, any item that fits tightly enough to be sexually suggestive.<br />Don’t wear tight, baggy, or sexy clothing.<br />
    • 12. What should I wear?<br /> I <br /> Don’t <br /> Think<br /> So !!<br />
    • 13. <ul><li>Jacket with matching skirt or</li></ul>pants<br /><ul><li>Skirts are preferred for the</li></ul>interview; should be at the<br />knee…no shorter<br /><ul><li>Safe colors:
    • 14. Black
    • 15. Navy blue
    • 16. Charcoal gray
    • 17. Brown or tan</li></ul>Suits for Women<br />
    • 18. <ul><li>Business dress with matching jacket is okay…no party, cocktail, or sun dresses</li></ul>Suits for Women (cont.)<br />
    • 19. <ul><li>Single breasted, 100%</li></ul>light-weight wool<br /><ul><li>Jackets should have two</li></ul>or three buttons<br /><ul><li>Only button the top two</li></ul>buttons or the middle<br />button…never all three<br /><ul><li>Safe colors
    • 20. Charcoal gray
    • 21. Navy</li></ul>Suits for Men<br />
    • 22. <ul><li> Tank-style tops in cotton,</li></ul>knit, or silk<br /><ul><li>Tailored shirt
    • 23. Safest color: white
    • 24. It’s conservative
    • 25. It doesn’t offend anyone</li></ul>Blouses/Tops for Women<br />
    • 26. <ul><li>No button-down collars
    • 27. Long sleeves only
    • 28. Fabrics
    • 29. 100% easy-care cotton
    • 30. Cotton/polyester blend
    • 31. White is conservative, but</li></ul>the least controversial color<br /><ul><li>Wear a short-sleeve, plain</li></ul>white T-shirt under your shirt<br />Shirts for Men<br />
    • 32. <ul><li>Learn how to tie it correctly
    • 33. Ideally, it should touch the</li></ul>top of your belt<br /><ul><li>Stay away from gaudy ties for</li></ul>the interview unless you’re<br />absolutely sure the<br />interviewer will appreciate<br />your individuality<br /><ul><li>Always make sure it is clean!</li></ul>Ties for Men<br />
    • 34. Women<br /><ul><li>Stockings should be</li></ul>skin-toned<br /><ul><li>Never white</li></ul>Stockings/Socks<br />Men<br /><ul><li> Socks should match</li></ul>your shoes or pants<br /><ul><li> Should cover your</li></ul>calf<br />
    • 35. <ul><li>Close-toed pumps with medium to low heel…no spikes
    • 36. Match your leather to your suit color
    • 37. Black for a black or charcoal gray suit
    • 38. Navy for a navy suit
    • 39. Always polished!
    • 40. Purse should match shoes…not too large
    • 41. Carry only one item (purse or briefcase) to the interview</li></ul>Shoes/Purse for Women<br />
    • 42. <ul><li>Business/professional</li></ul>shoes…not casual shoes<br /><ul><li>Tie or slip-on style is</li></ul>acceptable<br /><ul><li> Colors
    • 43. Black for black or navy suits
    • 44. Brown for brown suits
    • 45. Always polished!
    • 46. Belts
    • 47. Should match the color of</li></ul>your shoes<br /><ul><li>Approximately one-inch wide
    • 48. No large buckles</li></ul>Shoes/Belts for Men<br />
    • 49. Jewelry<br />Women<br /><ul><li>Limit it to:
    • 50. Watch
    • 51. Small earrings
    • 52. One ring on each</li></ul>Hand<br /><ul><li> No jingling bracelets</li></ul>or dangling earrings<br />Men<br /><ul><li> Limit it to:
    • 53. Watch
    • 54. Ring
    • 55. Leave earrings, ID bracelet, and rope chains at home</li></li></ul><li>Women<br /><ul><li>Avoid using makeup excessively
    • 56. Wear a natural look
    • 57. Wear a simple hairstyle…neatly combed
    • 58. Pull long hair off face or wear up
    • 59. Nails
    • 60. Manicured and no longer than ¼ inch past fingertip
    • 61. Use clear polish; avoid bright colors</li></ul>Hair/Nails/Makeup<br />
    • 62. <ul><li>Get a good haircut one week before an interview
    • 63. Don’t over style with too much gel
    • 64. Nails should be short and well groomed…get rid of grease or dirt</li></ul>Hair/Nails for Men<br />
    • 65. <ul><li>No perfumes or colognes
    • 66. Can be overwhelming
    • 67. Some people are allergic
    • 68. No body piercing
    • 69. Cover up tattoos for</li></ul>interviews<br /><ul><li>Wear deodorant and</li></ul>brush your teeth<br />Additional Tips<br />
    • 70. <ul><li>Don’t eat food that will leave an odor; use a breath mint
    • 71. Don’t drink alcohol before an interview</li></ul>Tips (cont.)<br />
    • 72. The way you dress is the single biggest nonverbal communication you make about yourself.<br />Your dress conveys success, trustworthiness, intelligence and suitability.<br />Lean towards the conservative side of style.<br />Avoid loud colors and printed fabrics<br />Make sure your clothes are nicely pressed.<br />Bring an extra tie, shirt or pantyhose just in case.<br />Making a good “First Impression”<br />
    • 73. Kick Start your Business Wardrobe<br />Start with versatile basics<br /><ul><li>Black pants, dark suit, button-down collared shirts, classic pair of dark shoes</li></ul>Keep it neat and clean<br /><ul><li>Make sure clothes are ironed, stain-free and in good condition</li></ul>Steer clear of bar attire<br /><ul><li>Leave the slinky shirts, tight pants, and graphic T-shirts at home</li></ul>Look the part<br /><ul><li>Choose appropriate clothing for your role
    • 74. Ex: client presentation vs. meeting with the CEO</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Do’s
    • 75. Make frequent eye contact
    • 76. Smile
    • 77. Take notes
    • 78. Smile
    • 79. Nod frequently
    • 80. Smile
    • 81. Keep you hands out of your pocket
    • 82. Don’ts
    • 83. Slouch
    • 84. Cross you arms
    • 85. Tap your feet
    • 86. Clear your throat repeatedly
    • 87. Bite your lips or nails</li></ul>Body Language<br />
    • 88. Remember:<br />“You only get one chance to make a first impression.”<br />
    • 89. <ul><li> Resources: University of Pennsylvania Utah Education Network </li>