New Year, New Chic: Dress for Success

By Ashley Yenick, Student at Merrimack College

Whether you’re graduating or if you’re going to be a rising senior, you’re going to be going on job interviews. Having a professional wardrobe is incredibly important if you want to make a good first impression on a potential employer.

Have no idea what to wear? We’ve put together some tips to help you get that job!

1. Know the company
The first tip for dressing for success is knowing about the company you're interviewing with. You can try visiting the company’s building a day or two before the interview and checking out some of the outfits employees are wearing. It could help you avoid looking too dressed down.

2. When dressing for success, keep it simple!
Keep your hair pulled back, if possible. The key for your look is simple and uniform. Keeping your outfit simple as well will help employers see that you’re able to act professional. Now that you know keeping it simple is the way to go, what do you wear?

A simple colored dress with tights or a nice pantsuit are great options. It’s also best to keep in mind that accessories should be kept simple. Jewelry should be kept to a minimum; there shouldn’t be any chunky necklaces or arm candy here, girls! Using a simple bracelet that won’t take away from your outfit can help show your potential employer that you’re ready to be professional.

Keeping it simple is the way to go!

3. Have your resume on hand

One thing that I never knew about interviews is the importance of having your resume on hand. If this job is one that requires a portfolio, it looks even more professional if you have your resume and portfolio with you. Instead of the potential employer filing through other candidates’ portfolios, you’ll have yours ready to hand to him or her. It looks professional and makes you look proactive in wanting to have the job that you’re interviewing for.

We hope that your interviews go well and that you’ll be ready for any job with these dress for success tips! Stay chic!

Want to find ways to keep your New Year's resolutions? Check out our New Year, New Chic board on Pinterest!

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