How to dress for an interview.

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what to wear to an interviewQuestion: What do I wear to my interview?

Answer: It depends.

Ugh. Seriously? I hate that answer! But…it’s true. What you wear to the interview depends on whether the dress code at the company is business formal, business casual or a catch-all category we’ll call “other”. Let’s drill down and get to some specifics about what would be appropriate to wear to an interview. Continue reading →

How to prepare for a career fair

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DSC_0109Daunting, crowded, borderline chaos–I’m talking about career fairs. Most universities will host several career fairs throughout the year, often tailored to a specific field of interest. Without a good strategy, a career fair could be a fruitless waste of time. But…if you work it right, it’s an easy opportunity to network and establish a relationship with somebody inside the company. The companies who register are already interested in you! To create a winning game plan strategy,  here are some crucial questions you should ask yourself in preparation: Continue reading →

The Secret to Dressing Yourself Like a Model

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IMG_4069We’ve all seen outfits displayed on models or mannequins and thought “Wow, she looks so put together!” I’m about to teach you the one secret to putting an outfit together that will forever change how you look at your closet, so people will say the same thing about you. Are you ready? It’s just three words: Continue reading →

Dinner with the United Nations

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A tweed suit came in handy for this unexpected opportunity. (Also, check out this tweed suit post) I never thought I’d be at an invitation-only dinner and workshop hosted by the United Nations Foundation, but a friend of mine had a scheduling conflict and asked if I would step in for him. Sure! What could possibly go wrong? (Famous last words, right?)

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Summer Series: Office Interview

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This is a great summer outfit to wear to an interview where the position you’re interviewing for does not require a suit. When interviewing for an office job, you want to present a clean canvas so your interviewer will have no difficulty imagining you in the role. Crazy colors or patterns can be distracting. You want to be remembered for your qualifications, not as “the girl with the huge earrings / old-fashioned blouse / weird socks….”

 

 

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How to fold a shirt

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How to fold a shirt

 

A long-sleeved button-up collared shirt belongs on a hanger, not in a drawer; but what about when you have to fold it up for packing in a suitcase? (Or upon any other occasion when such a shirt is to be folded.) How exactly do the store clerks fold shirts so nicely? Well, I had a clerk teach me, and now I’m teaching you. Video would be cool, but if you’re like me and need to look at the image and compare and redo a few times, a video would go way too fast. So, in step-by-step pictured layout, I present “How to fold a shirt”:

 

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Gray Pinstripe Interview Suit

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If you don’t own one already, allow me to introduce one of the most versatile suits on the rack–gray pinstripe. For interviews, a black skirt suit and navy skirt suit are probably the most common. They express confidence and power, important attributes when interviewing with a multi-national firm. By contrast, a light, heather-gray suit may not seem as commanding or impressive as its darker counterparts.  Continue reading →

Outfit for Gala Event

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What would you wear if you had the chance to attend a gala event? silver bead earrings

Pronounced both “ɡālə” or “ɡalə “, a gala is a social event, usually with dinner and entertainment. It can be a whoop-de-doo affair and an opportunity to get dolled up for a night out. So, what about when you’re invited to go to a gala event for your job??? This is what happened to me: Continue reading →

Networking Reception

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DSC_0211It can happen after a speech, it can happen during a book-signing, it can happen during a conference or class reunion: the networking reception. Ah, the networking reception. What to wear to a networking reception?
This particular reception was one of those late afternoon affairs, too early for the sort of cocktail dress you might wear at a wine & cheese reception. Not a formal dinner, so the evening gown was out. Not located in a bar or lounge, so jeans and other comfy/casual was out. This is the type of networking reception where I was expected to shake hands, smile a lot, inform people that, yes, I was an associate with such-and-such firm, swap business cards as appropriate, but otherwise to sort of blend in and just be a presence in the room.

 

 

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