A Career Fair was held today at West Virginia University. Among banners and tables of employers, the University was offering professional head shot photos to be used for LinkedIn. After reading up on color psychology and professional dress, I decided on a royal blue peplum top, pearl necklace and button down black pencil skirt with kitten heels. I wanted to look professional and subtle to make a good first impression on the employers present and employers online. Here are some tips on how to impress potential employers face to face and with your online presence.
1. Buy a trench coat. A trench coat is a classic outerwear piece that is timeless to any wardrobe. I got mine from a local clothing donation center for super cheap. You can often find them at Goodwill, Salvation Army, or any local clothing donation store.
2. Dress in bold colors and classic pieces. A basic knit top, pencil skirt and pearls go along way. They are appropriate no matter what the age. Stick with solid colors to avoid revealing the origin of where you got the item. Sometimes patterned prints are sold only at specific retailers (ie: WalMart). You want people thinking you’re rich right? I got my top from an off season American Eagle sale and my skirt from discount retailer Gabriel Brothers.
3. Accessorize subtly: A basic black leather bag is not only versatile, but will never go out of style. And I’m talking basic hardware and fabrics – nothing too obnoxious. Plus, unlike other designer handbags like Louis Vuitton and Michael Kors, no one can inspect the logo to prove if if’s counterfeit. And if you are a fan of showing off a designer bag, make sure your bag is well maintained! Though you’re carrying a reputable brand, the entire point is null if your bag is beat up and worn down looking.
4. Have a pair of “business shoes”. These are the shoes you ONLY wear for occasions, like I did for a Career Fair. The shoes will appear new, clean, and have lack of scuff marks and other worn factors – just don’t forget to come prepared with band-aids for blisters. Beauty is pain!
And there you have it! What are your tips for looking rich?