Dress the part

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Photo by Elizabeth Medeiros

With school coming to an end and summer right around the corner, it is that time of year to start the always dreaded job hunt. Whether you are graduating this year and are looking for a full-time career, or are just looking for a summer job to make some extra cash, it is important that you dress for the part. Before even heading out to hand out resumes, make sure you stop to think about where you are applying. It is important to do a little research about the different job opportunities you are after and make sure you are dressed appropriately.

If you are simply applying to the mall for a summer job, try to take the day before and scope out where you are applying. Every store has a unique style and you should try to resonate with the brand when applying for a job. If you are graduating and looking for that career job, research is key. Research the background of the company, figure out who you will be interviewing with and try to match your style with the company. It is always a smart move to be overly dressed, rather than under dressed. However, it can also be awkward when you are overly dressed. Therefore, it is always a good idea to purchase a pair of pants that are not jeans but not dress pants. Stick to a darker colour like black, gray or navy so that they look a little more polished and dressy. This way you can still look professional, but be comfy and wear the pants again. Pair the pants with a sharp blazer and a pair or low heels or flats. There is nothing professional about sky-high heels that you can’t walk a straight line in. Try to shower the day of the interview, wake up a little early so that you are not rushed or flustered. Keep you nails manicured and always keep a mint in your bag. It is important to not only have a well-stacked résumé but to look clean and well put together.

No matter what position or what company you are applying for, it is always important to dress in a way that is fitting to the particular company, however it is also essential to be and dress professional, even if you are applying for a position in a particular trade, like plumbing for example. Always dress to impress, as first impressions are the most important, and despite how good or how bad your interview went, their first image of your meeting will always stick with them.

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