First Impressions Do Count
Dress Your Best For Success <ul><li>What </li></ul><ul><li>is </li></ul><ul><li>your </li></ul><ul><li>first </li></ul><ul...
Dress Your Best For The Job Interview <ul><li>Who </li></ul><ul><li>would </li></ul><ul><li>you </li></ul><ul><li>hire? </...
How I came to WoodGreen and Dress Your Best <ul><li>  I was looking for a career change and was referred by a friend to an...
<ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Bring your friend to the interview. </li></ul><ul><li>Bring change in case you need to call la...
Good Impressions Checklist <ul><li>Go alone to the interview. </li></ul><ul><li>Bring change in case you need to call late...
<ul><li>Men </li></ul><ul><li>Do not wear too much aftershave </li></ul><ul><li>Conservative ties are still appropriate. A...
Bibliography <ul><li>WoodGreen Immigrant Services </li></ul><ul><li>Dress Your Best Program </li></ul><ul><li>Forbes.com –...
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Dress Your Best For Success Pres

  1. 1. First Impressions Do Count
  2. 2. Dress Your Best For Success <ul><li>What </li></ul><ul><li>is </li></ul><ul><li>your </li></ul><ul><li>first </li></ul><ul><li>Impression? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Dress Your Best For The Job Interview <ul><li>Who </li></ul><ul><li>would </li></ul><ul><li>you </li></ul><ul><li>hire? </li></ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul>
  4. 4. How I came to WoodGreen and Dress Your Best <ul><li>  I was looking for a career change and was referred by a friend to an employment program then toWoodGreen. I received one on one coaching from Al at WoodGreen. He helped me with my resume and preparation for job interviews. I also went to some of the workshops offered by WoodGreen and to the Admin club workshops hosted by Channah. While I was receiving one on one coaching Al mentioned to me about The Dress Your Best Program. He assisted me in getting an appointment with them. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>It is a program where you can receive professional clothes for job interviews and a new job. This program is for people who are job ready and can’t afford to buy professional clothes. You make an appointment through your counsellor and fill out a form before going an appointment to try on some clothes. You give a small required donation of 40 dollars which is a small price to pay for getting five outfits for your interview or new job. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>I went to Dress Your Best on a Wednesday, paid the small fee and was greeted by a friendly DYB staff. I brought a few large bags with me to carry the clothes in. They helped me in choosing five outfits which I was able to take home with me the same day. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>These outfits have helped me with confidence in my appearance for job interviews. When you fell good bout yourself it shows. This is one of the First an important impressions that an interviewer or prospective employer has of you. You have to look like you seriously want the job. They also look for confidence and professionalism. </li></ul><ul><li>  As a result of DYB I now have a great job. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Bring your friend to the interview. </li></ul><ul><li>Bring change in case you need to call late for the interview. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not eat strong foods just before the interview, for example garlic. </li></ul><ul><li>Arrive fashionably late for the interview. You don’t want to appear too eager. </li></ul><ul><li>Politely greet the receptionist with a smile. </li></ul><ul><li>If your cell phone rings, answer that call! It could be another employer offering you a better job </li></ul><ul><li>If the interviewer asks you for a copy of your resume, tell her that your cat ate it. </li></ul><ul><li>Greet the interviewer shake hands and call them by their name. </li></ul><ul><li>Be non emotional and don’t show interest in the interview and job. </li></ul><ul><li>Thank the interviewer for their time etc. Before leaving and shake their hand. </li></ul><ul><li>Look and sound like you’re listening to the interviewer. Nod, smile, ask a few questions and respond appropriately to the subject discussed. </li></ul><ul><li>Stare at the interviewer and don’t take your eyes off them. </li></ul><ul><li>Slouching gives the employer the impression that you’re a relaxed and calm candidate. Lean your head to the side or let it bobble around for extra effect. </li></ul><ul><li>Sit about two feet away from the interviewer. Give your self enough space between you and the interviewer. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t fidget or play with your hair pens hands etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Your face should match your expression. </li></ul><ul><li>Speak up but don’t mumble yell or cut off the interviewer. </li></ul><ul><li>Your hand shack should be firm with three pumps, not weak, aggressive but a full hand contact. </li></ul><ul><li>Your Dress should be one level higher than the position applied for. </li></ul><ul><li>Go to the interview with a “Mohawk” hair do (especially true for the ladies). </li></ul><ul><li>Show interest and confidence in the position you are applying for. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask lots of questions about “how the company can benefit me” </li></ul><ul><li>A bit of small tall or appropriate humour after the greeting is good to break the ice with the interviewer. </li></ul><ul><li>Mimic body language of the interviewer to create trust. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>Good Versus Bad Impressions Checklist
  6. 6. Good Impressions Checklist <ul><li>Go alone to the interview. </li></ul><ul><li>Bring change in case you need to call late for the interview. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not eat strong foods just before the interview, for example garlic. </li></ul><ul><li>Be 10-15 minutes early for the interview to fix your hair, go to the washroom or look over the resume. </li></ul><ul><li>Politely greet the receptionist with a smile. </li></ul><ul><li>Turn off the cell phone before you enter the building. </li></ul><ul><li>Bring a few extra copies to the interview to give to your interviewer. </li></ul><ul><li>Greet the interviewer shake hands and call them by their name. </li></ul><ul><li>Be enthusiastic and show interest in the interview and job. </li></ul><ul><li>Thank the interviewer for their time etc. Before leaving and shake their hand. </li></ul><ul><li>Look and sound like you’re listening to the interviewer. Nod, smile, ask a few questions and respond appropriately to the subject discussed. </li></ul><ul><li>Make eye contact but don’t stare 100% of the time and make eye contact with all of the interviewers. </li></ul><ul><li>Sit up straight in the chair with your hands relaxed on your knees and palms forward. Do not slouch or cross your arms. </li></ul><ul><li>Sit about two feet away from the interviewer. Give your self enough space between you and the interviewer. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t fidget or play with your hair pens hands etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Your face should match your expression. </li></ul><ul><li>Speak up but don’t mumble yell or cut off the interviewer. </li></ul><ul><li>Your hand shake should be firm, not weak, aggressive but a full hand contact. </li></ul><ul><li>Your Outfit should be one level higher than the position applied for. </li></ul><ul><li>Your Outfit s should be conservative, clean with properly fitted clothes. </li></ul><ul><li>Show interest and confidence in the position you are applying for. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask a few questions at the end of the interview. </li></ul><ul><li>A bit of small tall or appropriate humour after the greeting is good to break the ice with the interviewer. </li></ul><ul><li>Mimic body language of the interviewer to create trust. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Men </li></ul><ul><li>Do not wear too much aftershave </li></ul><ul><li>Conservative ties are still appropriate. Avoid using turtle necks. If no suit or tier is available use a clean white collared shirt and a blazer to match your pants. </li></ul><ul><li>A briefcase in perfect condition. </li></ul><ul><li>A button down shirt preferably blue or white and long sleeved. </li></ul><ul><li>Polished black traditional dress shoes. </li></ul><ul><li>A blue black or grey jacket. </li></ul><ul><li>Slacks that compliment the jacket. </li></ul><ul><li>Socks should match the belt and shoes. </li></ul><ul><li>Remove tags off your new suit. (women) </li></ul><ul><li>No sunglasses or too many rings and jewellery. (women) </li></ul><ul><li>No visible body piercings or tattoos.(women) </li></ul><ul><li>Be clean shaven with a clean conservative short haircut. </li></ul><ul><li>Dress conservative, formal yet not like your going to a bar. (women) </li></ul><ul><li>You clothes should fit properly, not too tight yet comfortable. (women)  </li></ul><ul><li>Women </li></ul><ul><li>  A skirt that hits just above the knee; about an inch. </li></ul><ul><li>Slacks or a pantsuit. </li></ul><ul><li>Simple jewellery and not the rattling kind. </li></ul><ul><li>Just a hint of makeup like the natural look. </li></ul><ul><li>Closed shoes with polished flats or moderate heel shoes. </li></ul><ul><li>Nice formal conservative Sweater. </li></ul><ul><li>Pantyhose in neutral colours, even in the summer and matching the shoes. </li></ul><ul><li>Wild coloured nail polish is a faux pas. Nails should be not too long, neat and tidy. (men) </li></ul><ul><li>Professional hair for women too and not covering your eyes. .(men) </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid short skirts casual pants or leggings. </li></ul><ul><li>No leather coats or jackets.(men) </li></ul><ul><li>Women should use a bag that is not too showy and should match the dress. A briefcase is even preferable to a purse or bag. </li></ul>Dress Your Best Guidelines
  8. 8. Bibliography <ul><li>WoodGreen Immigrant Services </li></ul><ul><li>Dress Your Best Program </li></ul><ul><li>Forbes.com – magazine articles </li></ul><ul><li>Prospects.ao.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Josie Vella </li></ul>
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