A little advice for college grads and anyone on the job hunt. Today’s educational elite and the over qualified out of work individuals need to pay attention to the importance of the eye. You see: The eye is the best organ of speech when you are interviewing for a job. All of us are writing a story with our lives and one that will affect our future and those who we come in contact with. This has nothing to do with your intelligence or how fantastic your resume looks. This is about how you look in person that really determines the direction of an interview. There is power in looking great and knowing how to dress for an interview. Your image is as or more important than your actual words because your fashion communicates all varieties of emotions including indignation, surprise, determination and appeal. Your thoughts and words are reinforced into the memory of the interviewer by the visual image and oral impression you provide. Body language says a lot about someone, almost as much as the resume itself. We have all met the incredibly successful student with poor people skills, or the amazing executive who has lost all humility and projects an image of arrogance. So here are some items you should consider before your interviewâ€¦
- There is a science to colors and the colors you wear. Pick the right colors based on the company you are interviewing with.
- Body language shares a BOOK about one’s life and self-confidence. Proper posture is worth more than you think.
- Facial expressions and a smile can open just about any door, but the wrong ones can end an interview before you have said a word.
- Sloppy clothes and poor grooming can most assuredly keep you unemployed. Look your best and show some respect!
Many colleges lack classes that teach students about personal presentation and how to really DRESS FOR SUCCESS.
A recent survey of hiring managers by the Center for Professional Excellence at York College of Pennsylvania found that 40 percent of young job applicants show up dressed inappropriately, 29 percent are late for interviews, and 26 percent don’t know much about the company they’re interviewing with. More than 11 percent send text messages or use their phones during an interview.
Some students today have spent tens of thousands to receive an education but still leave college and have no idea how to actually get a job. Intelligent and broke are two words that seem to spend more time together in today’s job market.
Here is some advice for the seasoned executive that was caught in downsizing or is looking for new opportunities. Please do not listen to the pundits; you can teach old dogs new tricks. Odds are that your image is as outdated as the horse and buggy, so get reenergized and invest in the proper image for the career changes you are making. Nothing says “HIRE ME” like an image that is inviting and exciting. Boring is dead and blending in will keep you out of work. Take the time to find some help before you go to the interview, and find an Image Consultant that can do more than stick you in a professional dress or suit. Clothes do not get you the job, but like a great work of art, people will notice you when you are dressed to represent your Personal Brand. I am available to help you turn all of your hard work, education and effort into an image that equates to success, experience and the desire to help others succeed. When it comes to helping you find and create your ‘Personal and Professional Brand,” there is no company or person better than MODA Image Consulting. Success does not just happen but it is achieved when opportunity meets preparation. Do your homework, work to be completely prepared and I can promise you that opportunities will come. When opportunities present themselves, you must ask yourself if how you look will say as much if not more about how educated you are and how much experience you can bring to a company in need.
Your career is waitingâ€¦Are you prepared?
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