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What Not To Wear: The Interview Edition

When it comes that time a a student’s college career for that person to begin attending career fairs and aspiring for interviews, the professional look is the ticket. A college grad needs to show those hopeful future employers that they should be taken seriously because they take themselves seriously. There are certain ways in which an individual seeking a career can dress for success, but this wardrobe should continue on into the workplace.

This video is beneficial for men and women. It is best when going to an interview to keep it conservative, and choose the suit. Make sure you are fully groomed, meaning a shower would be your best bet. Men, you don’t want to have your hair being too messy, so a good clean cut would help. Ladies, too much perfume can also give the interviewer a headache.

Bright colors should be avoided. There are other ways to address your personality through your outfit, but flashy colors are not a good idea. For women, keep accessories simple because they can be distracting. After all, you don’t want your wardrobe to be all you have to say for yourself. Let your accomplishments and attributes shine through in your interview. Also for women, be aware of how much skin is being shown. As my tenth grade geometry told us for his class, no bellies, boobs, or butts please. If you choose to wear a skirt, make sure it a conservative length.

Good colors to wear to an interview are black, brown, navy, or beige. For guys, the tie should not be bright, flashy, or have a crazy pattern. Also the solid, thick “millionaire” tie is a negative because it gives off an arrogant vibe. Go for a tie that has subtle pattern with a mute color. A basic white, french, or baby blue button down with the suit will also go well.

Ladies, make sure your shoes are the ones you would wear out with your friends on a Saturday night. The heel does not need to be too high, and all the straps can be distracting.

You outfit in an interview should accent you, not be your selling point. After all, the clothes are not going to do the job for you. Make sure to keep it tasteful, keep it classy, and keep it professional.

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The Ups and Downs of Social Media

Social medias such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn, and even blogs like mine play a major factor in today’s graduating college students. Because we spend a good portion of our time on these social medias, it was only a matter of time until our prospective employers checked them out. Only in recent years has this social media frenzy affected the way in which aspiring graduates are critiqued for the job position in which they are applying for. There are definitely several pros and cons as to why employers should or should not consider that particular person for a position in that company. In a sense, a person’s social media profile is a good insight into their lifestyle, personality, and personal choices. It was only a matter of time until the employers figured it out.

The Ups

The way to get your name out there these days before even looking or applying for jobs is definitely social media, and of course social networking. One thing that is great about Twitter is that a hopeful employee can “follow” or be “followed” by a company that he or she shows interest in. Not only are they able to see things about the company, but that company can maybe get a glimpse at their profile. LinkedIn, which is a social media that I recently join, I think is the best social media when it comes to looking for a job. It is like an online resume, or at least a resume in a casual sense. These two networks, I have seen so far be the best for college grads. One of my friends, and former sorority sister, was able to get help on her resume, find a hopeful employer, and snag an interview, all by using her Twitter account.

The Downs

I will be the first to admit, I am addicted to Facebook. However, I do not think that my account will help me when it comes time to get a job. Here are a few reasons why: I use it to keep in touch with friends and family, and most of the time they like to write inappropriate things on my wall. I also get tagged in tons of pictures from nights out with my friends, pictures that I probably would not want my hopeful employer to see. Before I begin applying for a job, I know I need to go through my account and do a clean sweep. There is something about Facebook that takes some or the professionalism out. While I do enjoy for my personal life, I am aware that those hiring will look at my profile, and will judge me by it. I think Myspace takes t to a whole new level of low. Not only can you customize your page with crazy designs, but it is way more graphic than Facebook. I would think that a smart individual looking for a career would be smart enough to erase their account with Myspace completely.

Overall, I think it is important that people keep up with the times and join the social media workforce. While I am not a huge fan of blogging, I know that this is another outlet that will benefit me in the long run. My blog is also clean, and serves a good purpose especially with my Public Relations major.

Don’t forget to clean up those wild Saturday night pictures on your Facebook!