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  • Remember“You only getone chanceto make a firstimpression.”
  • Utah Education NetworkBusinessEducationlinks.orgDelranschools.orgCollegegrad.comwww.charlestonsouthern.edu/careers
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    1. 1. Dressing for Success<br />
    2. 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. 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. 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. 5. For the Interview<br /><ul><li>Present yourself as a professional
    6. 6. Dress for the interview, not a party
    7. 7. Don’t distract the interviewer’s attention; it should be on what you have to say, not your appearance
    8. 8. Arrive early and check out your appearance
    9. 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. 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. 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. 12. What should I wear?<br /> I <br /> Don’t <br /> Think<br /> So !!<br />
    13. 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. 14. Black
    15. 15. Navy blue
    16. 16. Charcoal gray
    17. 17. Brown or tan</li></ul>Suits for Women<br />
    18. 18. <ul><li>Business dress with matching jacket is okay…no party, cocktail, or sun dresses</li></ul>Suits for Women (cont.)<br />
    19. 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. 20. Charcoal gray
    21. 21. Navy</li></ul>Suits for Men<br />
    22. 22. <ul><li> Tank-style tops in cotton,</li></ul>knit, or silk<br /><ul><li>Tailored shirt
    23. 23. Safest color: white
    24. 24. It’s conservative
    25. 25. It doesn’t offend anyone</li></ul>Blouses/Tops for Women<br />
    26. 26. <ul><li>No button-down collars
    27. 27. Long sleeves only
    28. 28. Fabrics
    29. 29. 100% easy-care cotton
    30. 30. Cotton/polyester blend
    31. 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. 32. <ul><li>Learn how to tie it correctly
    33. 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. 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. 35. <ul><li>Close-toed pumps with medium to low heel…no spikes
    36. 36. Match your leather to your suit color
    37. 37. Black for a black or charcoal gray suit
    38. 38. Navy for a navy suit
    39. 39. Always polished!
    40. 40. Purse should match shoes…not too large
    41. 41. Carry only one item (purse or briefcase) to the interview</li></ul>Shoes/Purse for Women<br />
    42. 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. 43. Black for black or navy suits
    44. 44. Brown for brown suits
    45. 45. Always polished!
    46. 46. Belts
    47. 47. Should match the color of</li></ul>your shoes<br /><ul><li>Approximately one-inch wide
    48. 48. No large buckles</li></ul>Shoes/Belts for Men<br />
    49. 49. Jewelry<br />Women<br /><ul><li>Limit it to:
    50. 50. Watch
    51. 51. Small earrings
    52. 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. 53. Watch
    54. 54. Ring
    55. 55. Leave earrings, ID bracelet, and rope chains at home</li></li></ul><li>Women<br /><ul><li>Avoid using makeup excessively
    56. 56. Wear a natural look
    57. 57. Wear a simple hairstyle…neatly combed
    58. 58. Pull long hair off face or wear up
    59. 59. Nails
    60. 60. Manicured and no longer than ¼ inch past fingertip
    61. 61. Use clear polish; avoid bright colors</li></ul>Hair/Nails/Makeup<br />
    62. 62. <ul><li>Get a good haircut one week before an interview
    63. 63. Don’t over style with too much gel
    64. 64. Nails should be short and well groomed…get rid of grease or dirt</li></ul>Hair/Nails for Men<br />
    65. 65. <ul><li>No perfumes or colognes
    66. 66. Can be overwhelming
    67. 67. Some people are allergic
    68. 68. No body piercing
    69. 69. Cover up tattoos for</li></ul>interviews<br /><ul><li>Wear deodorant and</li></ul>brush your teeth<br />Additional Tips<br />
    70. 70. <ul><li>Don’t eat food that will leave an odor; use a breath mint
    71. 71. Don’t drink alcohol before an interview</li></ul>Tips (cont.)<br />
    72. 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. 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. 74. Ex: client presentation vs. meeting with the CEO</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Do’s
    75. 75. Make frequent eye contact
    76. 76. Smile
    77. 77. Take notes
    78. 78. Smile
    79. 79. Nod frequently
    80. 80. Smile
    81. 81. Keep you hands out of your pocket
    82. 82. Don’ts
    83. 83. Slouch
    84. 84. Cross you arms
    85. 85. Tap your feet
    86. 86. Clear your throat repeatedly
    87. 87. Bite your lips or nails</li></ul>Body Language<br />
    88. 88. Remember:<br />“You only get one chance to make a first impression.”<br />
    89. 89. <ul><li> Resources: BusinessEducationlinks.orgCollegegrad.comwww.charlestonsouthern.edu/careersClarion University of Pennsylvania Delranschools.org Utah Education Network </li>