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3 Dress For Success Who – Host, Organization What – Interview, Career Fair, Typical Work DayWhere – Location, RegionYou must know the type of event, where it will be held, what types of organizations will be there and dress appropriately for the situation.
4 Dress For Success Who – Host, Organization Who is hosting the event CEO or Board MembersHR, RecruitersDepartment ManagerDirector of ResearchType or organizationFortune 500 or a StartupIndustryGeneral rule: The higher ranking of the host, the more formal you should be dressed.Startups tend to be less formal and more creative. This is not true of hedge fund startups, however. Do your research. Know the organization(s).
5 Dress For Success What – Interview, Job Fair, Typical Work Day Professional attireUsually dress a level up from a typical workday at that organizationCareer FairClothing choices should work for multiple industries or organizationsTypical Work DayProfessional attire with some flexibilityOrganization and industry specificUnder no circumstances is it ok to wear ripped or torn jeans, short shorts, flip flops, t shirts advertising sex or beer., etc.If your grandmother would not approve, it is probably not ok for work related events.
6 Dress For Success Where – Location, Region Location Region Office ConferenceRestaurantRegionWest CoastMidwestEast CoastSome events or locations require more or less formal attire. If you are unsure, ask HR staff or conference organizers.West Coast based organizations and sites tend to be less formal.
7 Dress for Success What to do before the event Research and select appropriate attireOrganizational cultureIndustryPersonality and ComfortPlan aheadClean and PressedTailoredIf all else fails and the organization is local, sit outside as people come and go (start and end of day and/or lunchtime) to see what the employees actually wear to work.No matter what the organization’s dress code, your clothes should fit.
8 Dress For Success Research the organization and industry Online ColleaguesPersonal NetworkFriendsFamilyProfessional NetworkLinkedInProfessional AssociationsDon’t be afraid to ask.
9 Dress for Success What to do before the event Plan aheadClean and PressedTailoredProper tailoring often takes at least one week lead timeA well tailored, inexpensive suit looks much better than an expensive, poorly fitting one.Cost savingsPlan ahead and purchase professional clothing on saleNote about pants:Do not go to an interview or professional event with pants dragging on the floor. Do not go to an interview looking like you’re expecting a flood.Straight leg professional suit pants should fall somewhere between ½ inch and one inch off the floor. Pant hems should not touch the floor. They should not be high enough to see the top of your shoe or your ankles as you walk.Yes ladies, this means you should have a business suit with pants tailored for flats and another with pants tailored for mid height heels. Many women buy one jacket with 2 pair of pants and tailor accordingly.Gentlemen, consider yourselves lucky. If your professional shoes are similar, you should be able to tailor all pants to the same length and mix and match appropriate shoes with any suit.
10 Dress For Success Select Appropriate Attire Interview – Traditional CorporateBusiness Professional Attire ONLYTypically very conservativeBlack, Charcoal Gray, or Navy SuitsPolished shoes, usually blackSocks should be the same color as your slacksBelt should match shoesDifferent interviewers have different pet peeves about attire. Old school traditionalists insist your socks match your slacks and NOT your shoes. So if you are wearing a navy suit with black shoes, your socks should be navy.Shoes do not need to be polished to a mirror shine but they should be clean and free of scuff marks.Ladies, shoes should not have excessively worn heels. If you have a pair of shoes you love (in good condition) and the heels are becoming worn, take them to a cobbler. It is easy (and relatively inexpensive) to add a new bit of rubber or leather to the heel of your shoes.
12 Dress For Success How to Tie a Tie Button Rules for Jackets (Top to Bottom, When Standing)Three Button JacketSometimes, Always, NeverTwo Button JacketAlways, NeverPractice tying a tie before the day of an event or interview so you are not rushed or flustered that day. Some of your coat/jacket buttons should be buttoned when standing up. The rules here will help you to remember which buttons to close upon standing.As for jackets, watch Jerry Rice when he stands up (on sports shows, commercials, etc). He follows the button rule (and always looks great).
14 Dress For Success Shoe Rules for Ladies Heels should be 3 inches or shorterNo stilettosNo sandals or open toed shoes in conservative officesHosiery is a must in conservative officesHosiery should be an appropriate color. Black, navy, or nude tend to work well.If wearing pants, the sock rule applies the same as it does for men. Socks should match your pants and not your shoes.
15 Dress For Success No Cleavage No Mini Skirts Skirts should be no shorter than one inch above the kneeNo cleavage (front or back). EVER!Bra straps and Spanx should not be visible from any angle.You should be able to walk, climb stairs, and sit comfortably in a skirt or dress without showing too much. Knee length tends to work best for any professional situation.
16 Dress For Success Select Appropriate Attire Interview – Corporate (Relatively Casual) OfficeBusiness Professional AttireOften best to err on conservative side and dress more traditionallyHowever, some firms (such as Amazon) specifically state that suits don’t impress themThen…..If an organization specifically says they’re not fond of suits, don’t wear one. Show you pay attention and follow directions.You must still dress professionally however. No suits does not mean it is ok to show up in torn jeans and flip flops with sunglasses on your head.
18 Dress For Success Select Appropriate Attire Interview – Creative CorporateMore flexibility with color and styleMust still look professionalNo flip flops, tennis shoesDon’t show too much skinWhatever you wear, you need to convey professionalism and a sense of creative style that fits within the industry or organization.
20 Dress For Success Select Appropriate Attire Career Fair Business Professional AttireErr on the side of cautionBecause career fairs have many employers with different dress codes, dress as professionally (and formally) as you can. Less formal organizations understand in this type of situation.
21 Dress For Success More about professional appearance Bags Handbags Black, Brown, OxbloodTote or Briefcase or FolioHandbagsShould be small to medium in sizeNeutral colorLadies – Carry one tote or briefcase that holds everything OR Carry a handbag and folio. Do NOT carry a briefcase/tote AND a handbag.Whatever type of bag, briefcase, or folio you choose, keep it clean, neat, and well organized. You don’t want to open a folio and have a stack of papers, cards, pens, etc falling out all over the place.Attention to detail matters.
22 Dress For Success More about professional appearance Hair and Nails Hair should be clean and well groomedFacial hair must be neat and well kemptNails should be clean and buffed (short to medium)Polish is not required for ladies but if used, it should be neutral in color (pale pink, beige)
23 Dress For Success More about professional appearance Makeup Natural, MinimalNeutralThe job interview is not the place for trendy makeup
24 Dress For Success More about professional appearance Scent Antiperspirant and/or Deodorant – YesFragrance – NoSome folks are extremely sensitive to scentsFresh breathUse mints, not gumThere is nothing worse than being in an interview with someone with poor hygiene. Perfume/cologne/aftershave does not make you more attractive to the interviewer and if they are sensitive, allergic, or just don’t like the same scents you do, it can be a difficult barrier to overcome.Interviewers are looking for qualified folks who fit with the organization. No one wants to hire someone with horrible breath, smell like they haven’t showered in days, or wears fragrance that gives others a headache.
25 Dress For Success More about professional appearance Jewelry Men Watch Wedding band (if married)
26 Dress For Success More about professional appearance Jewelry Women WatchWedding band (if married)One set small stud earringsOne necklace
27 Dress For Success More about professional appearance Body Art In general, tattoos should not be visibleNever have visible tattoos in very conservative firms and/or healthcareNo piercings except one stud earring in each ear for women only
28 Dress For Success More about professional appearance Industry Quirks Do your researchKnow if certain colors or clothing items are tabooResearch the industry you’re interested in. Know the quirks.Many folks in healthcare who are around patient care areas no longer wear ties (shown to spread disease from one patient to another in hospital settings).In aero, solid red ties are for pilots only. If going for that industry and you’re not a pilot, don’t wear a solid red tie (consider another color entirely).
29 Dress For Success Cultural Considerations and Appearance Head gear and other items worn for religious reasons are acceptableLong hair is generally not recommended for menMen with long hair for religious or cultural reasons should pull hair neatly back when interviewing
30 Dress For Success Resources ASU Fulton Engineering Career Center Dress for Success Workshops
31 Fulton Engineering Career Center For More InformationConnect withFulton Engineering Career CenterPhone: (480)Website: Sun Devil CareerLink: MyASU>Campus Services>Jobs & Careers>Sun Devil CareerLinkFacebook: Engineering Career Center Arizona State University