Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Fake it till you make it: dress to get the job

Dear Shop Therapist,
I've finally started getting calls back after sending out THOUSANDS of resumes. While I'm totally jazzed that I may finally get off the unemployment train, I don't know what to wear. I applied for jobs pretty much everywhere and I'm at a total loss when I look into my closet. So far, I have scheduled interviews with a law firm, a financial consulting firm, and an ad agency. Can you help me out?
~ The Clueless Interviewer

Dear Clueless,
I'm no stranger to the job hunt. I've interviewed for dozens of jobs and have worn everything from jeans to a suit. To me, it really matters how you dress. Presenting yourself and carrying yourself well shows confidence. My general rule for dressing for an interview is simple: dress like you already have the job. It's better to be overdressed than underdressed. If you don't have a clue as to what the overall feel of the office is, don't stalk their employees. Check their website and ask friends who work in the industry. Basically, just use common sense.
What to wear to an interview: Law firm

What to wear to an interview: Financial consulting firm

What to wear: Advertising agency interview

Ok, so I said I wore jeans to an interview. I should clarify that I didn't wear torn Levi's with clunky boots or old tennies. I wore my favorite pair of Sevens and my favorite pair of Michael Michael Kors peep toe platform pumps. While I wouldn't dream of wearing something like this to interview for a job in finance, wearing it to an advertising agency was more than appropriate. In fact, I may have been a little overdressed ;)

There's my best advice when it comes to dressing for success. If you're looking for serious personal styling help, check out Stitch Fix. They'll definitely hook you up with some killer clothes. Whatever you wear, make sure it fits! I cannot stress this enough. Too tight = no job (unless you're looking for a job at Hooters, the Tilted Kilt, or Bongo's Boom Boom Room). Best of luck and don't forget your smile!
Melissa, The Shop Therapist

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