Presentation on theme: "Entering the Professional Workforce. The difference between a man of sense and a fop is that the fop values himself upon his dress; and the man of sense."— Presentation transcript:
Entering the Professional Workforce
The difference between a man of sense and a fop is that the fop values himself upon his dress; and the man of sense laughs at it, at the same time knows he must not neglect it. Lord Chesterfield
Down to the details…
Business casual does not include jeans!
Fit is Function Good, well-made clothes can still look bad if they don’t fit Most shirts will not magically fit your body like a glove Tailoring what you have or what you find for cheap can be an inexpensive, expensive-looking solution
Tips for Tailoring Purchase the jacket/blazer so it fits your shoulders – this is the most costly alteration Sleeves, waists, and length are cheaper alterations Hemming prevents wear and tear, extending the life of your pants Slimming and tapering legs to fit prevents a wrinkled, baggy look
Tips for Thrifting Don’t settle for only one half of the suit unless you plan on wearing the piece individually – Mixing and matching suit separates rarely works Don’t overlook items that need a bit of TLC – Tears and busted zippers are fairly easy fixes – Avoid moth holes, ink stains, and cigarette burns Identify good stores in your area, know their “deal days” Etsy and eBay are basically online thrift stores – When shopping online, know your measurements! Think creatively before retiring an old favorite – Dying old shirts can cover sweat stains – Is it ruined, or can it be repaired?
The Modest Heel Know your actual shoe size, width included A dark neutral, brown or black, is a staple Rounded, pointed, or square toes are a matter of preference Turned-up toes prevent fraying of leather Excessive embellishment or platform can make heels inappropriate for work Wearing heels regularly/all day can carry health risks over time, especially with narrow toes; intersperse with flatshealth risks
Flats, Loafers, and Oxfords These do not dress down an outfit! Great with pants/pantsuits Good for business formal and business casual Exceptional option for tall women Light and dark neutrals will be more versatile than bold jewel tones or embellished styles
Wingtip Shoes Also called Brogues Originating in Scotland/Ireland Uppers composed of multiple pieces of sturdy leather Decorative perforations for breathability and drainage
Loafers Originating in Norway Leather slip-on shoes Tassels and decorations optional
Polishing shoes Polish costs about $6 for a tin A tin of polish will last ~ 100 polishings Polishing shoes will extend their life Polishing prevents the drying/cracking of leather Polish ~1 a month, more frequently during rough weather (rain/snow) Moisten leather with a damp cloth between polishings Don’t just get the front – sides and back, too. Give creases special attention. It’s easy!
Fit is Function Get your feet measured, or measure them yourselfmeasure them yourself Know the width of your shoe especially Wearing shoes that are too narrow can carry health risks
Professional Phone Communication Does your site have a standard phone greeting? – Speak clearly, state your site’s name, and your own Give the caller your full attention; don’t try to multitaskdon’t try to multitask Know the phone’s features – how to transfer calls, place someone on hold, etc. Keep the caller informed – ask before putting them on hold, offer to take a message, etc. Send the caller to the right person; know who can help with different questions When leaving a voicemail, include your name, company, reason for calling, timestamp; say your number twice In your voicemail greeting, include the same, but also a contact for immediate assistance and an estimate of when you’ll be able to reply
Professional Email Communication Use a descriptive subject line Consider your greeting/salutation Write in complete sentences; be concise Avoid colloquial phrasing (e.g. What’s up?), text syntax (e.g. sending 2 u), and especially emoticons >.< Consider how your message will sound when read by the recipient Avoid all caps and exclamation points. In longer messages, bold and underline for emphasis Proofread, proofread, proofread. Note: email communication can reasonably get less formal over time, but be wary of taking this step; missteps can compromise your professionalism
In-person Greetings Stand up straight Walk to meet the person Give a good handshake Meet the person in the eye, but do not hold the gaze for too long Your greeting should be welcoming, but not overly familiar
Body Language Make eye contact Be responsive – Nod, smile, etc. Hold eye contact Face your body towards a speaker Take notes if at a meeting Demonstrate sincere interest Don’t fake it ‘til you make it; fake it ‘til you become it. - Amy Cuddy
What’s next? Email tandem buddies When/what topic for the next webinar? – Endow Iowa and Community Endowment Fund? – What is a community foundation? – Group Brainstorm Project Leading your own webinar Project updates?