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Suit Up and Be Awesome

23 Oct

You will see advice everywhere on what to wear to an interview. How do you make your decision?

I say, in the words of How I Met Your Mother’s Barney Stinson,

 

It is possible that you could wear a pair of slacks (khaki or dress pants of some sort) and a nice shirt but I say that will not look nearly as professional as a suit (this goes for both men and women). A suit says “Hi, I’m ready to take on the world and get me a job!” I know some work environments are very casual but wearing a suit shows off your professionalism. Where I currently work, jeans and sneakers are the norm but I still wore a suit to interview. It’s better to be over-dressed than under-dressed in my opinion.

It is well-worth it to invest in a suit for your job interviews. Most likely, you will use the suit multiple times. Once you land your dream job, you could wear the pieces separately if you will be working in a business casual environment. For girls, a  good suit with either pants or a long (and I stress long) skirt can be bought at places such as Macy’s Department Stores or New York & Company without completely breaking the bank. If you buy the suit as separates, MAKE SURE THEY MATCH in different kinds of lighting. Men, it is slightly easier for you to find them but you could also check out Macy’s along with Men’s Wearhouse. Makes sure you add a pop of color whether it be a light blue dress shirt or amethyst earrings. It’s boring to have a white shirt (especially for women. Men, you wear a white shirt with an appropriately-colored tie) with no color. If you interview multiple rounds at the same place, it’s good to have a couple of different colored button-up shirts on hand.

Have a great weekend!

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Why I’m Here

20 Oct

I decided just the other day that I wanted to start a blog. But the idea of starting a blog in general came simultaneously with the idea of this blog.

Here’s a little background information. I gradated from Stonehill College in 2009 and was released into the worst job market in years. I did all that I could to apply to jobs, to fix my resume, to touch-up my cover letter, to network, etc. But it took months before I got anything. I had some part-time jobs and internships during that year, all of which I got laid off before the year’s end. After months of interviewing, I finally got a job with a global sporting goods company. But with hours of research on resumes, cover letters, interviews, and job-hunting, I had learned a lot about what makes life easier during a job search. Little tips and tricks that I gathered.

Flash forward to now, 9 months after I started my full-time job in February. Recently, I had been helping others with their resumes, cover letters, and job hunt. I realized that I had learned A LOT in the past year and I could use this advice to help others, especially those who are struggling in this job market after slaving away for 4 years in college and spending $100,000 on their educaton in hopes of finding their dream job. This blog is going to have tips, tricks, and advice on a variety of job search-related topics. My advice will come from past and current experience, advice from mentors, from reading other blogs, articles, and books, and accidental discoveries. I have a background in Human Resources and I’m currently pursuing my M.S degree in Organizational Development.

I have a passion for helping others which is why I chose this field and why i wanted to share my findings to the world. I want to keep the blog light-hearted with a professional tone, easy to understand for all while sharing my past mistakes with you to ensure you don’t make the same ones.

Enjoy!

–Alyssa