Thursday, April 28, 2016

You Have the Interview, Now Dress for it!

So, how do we dress the part for an interview? 

Well, I've researched some great career looks that can assist ladies and gents during the interview preparation process. 

The Classic Suit Options: 

Dress Suit/Skirt (for the ladies) 

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Pant Suit (well... for the ladies too, but this one is open to the guys as well)

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Casual Business Attire:

Check out the link here to search for some great options for men and here for some options for women to get you started.

 Here are some fun tips for the different looks:

1.     If wearing black, bring a lint brush and please use it.

2.     If wearing white, bring a tide pen and be extremely careful. You can thank me later.

3.     If wearing a dress or skirt, keep it classy. The length should not be more than 1-2 inches from the knee and watch out for skirts with a slit (you know, the one that goes a little too far up)

4.     Wear something comfortable and if the interview location is warm feel free to remove your jacket.  

5.     Keep a groomed look. Men keep the hair (facial hair included) trim and clean and ladies keep the hair and eyebrows groomed. Both ladies and gents should keep the nails groomed and please don’t spray too much cologne or perfume, some people can be allergic/have allergies.

6.     Ladies please don’t overdo it with the jewelry and please nothing that jingles like bangles.

7.     For makeup ladies, no need to wear it, but if you do, let’s keep it natural and don’t forget to check before you enter the interview. Also be sure to blend at the neckline.

8.     Bring mints with you, no gum…just trust me

9.     Lastly, let’s avoid loud or bright colors. You won’t get the job by simply blinding each of the interviewers.

Happy hunting! 


Have You Completed Your Performance Review?

Well now is the time for performance reviews! Many employers and employees are scrambling to meet with managers and develop a 6 month or 1 year plan for goals and objectives while reviewing those from the last year. The hope is that employees will have attained their goals from last year or will have at least remembered them – this is most likely not the case!

Along with performance this is a great time to begin thinking about career goals and what you personally want to gain in the upcoming months. It’s time to think about professional development.

Most people have different ideas of what professional development looks like. Some employees will say that professional development is in person training and conferences, others will say it is a new project and new job duties, while others will say it includes the availability of various e-learnings. What’s really frightening are the instances when employees do not have a good idea of what professional development is and what kind of opportunities they want and have available at their place of employment.

What does professional development mean to you? Do you see opportunities currently in your work place?

Here are 5 questions to ask yourself if you need help identifying ways to grow your skills and identify development opportunities.

1.   What specific skills or experiences do you want to gain in the next 6 months?  (Limit the answer to this question to 5 in order to focus on the most important)

2.   Ideally, what would be you process to gaining these skills or experience?

3.   Are there any potential barriers to getting the skills/experiences?

4.   What are yoru ideas to overcome these barriers?

5.   Why do you want to gain these skills/experience and how will they affect your career and benefit your employer?

Professional development and performance should tie in perfectly together and should be continually thought about. As an employee your thoughts should be focused on your own development and what you can do to achieve your goals. Good managers will want to help you achieve your goals, but this is something you will drive yourself. Performance is also something that you as an employee will drive, however performance is something that your direct manager will typically look at to ensure key job objectives are being met. My hope is that you will be encouraged to identify and proactively seek out opportunities to grow your career.