Professional Image Counts for Getting The Job of Your Dreams
I am delighted to introduce you to my first guest blogger, Stephanie Goetsch, and know that you would want to share her excellent advice on professional image with those you know who are interviewing for jobs and/or the college grads who will be heading off into the job search market.
Ace the Interview with Image 101
“Finding a better job” is among the Top 10 most made New Year’s Resolutions. If you’ll be ringing in the New Year determined to find the career of your dreams then this is for you.
There’s so much more to landing your dream job than simply sending off your resume – like acing the interview. Did you know image is as much a part of your interview success as your answers? Oh yeah, it is.
Interview Image 101 all begins with company culture. Let me explain…
You’ve done your homework to prepare for the interview and now the big day is here. First thing you need to do: get dressed. But it’s not quite as simple as it sounds. Let’s take a look at Interview Image 101: Business Do’s & Don’ts.
Image rules exist not to stifle your personal style, or make you a corporate drone, but to ensure nothing distracts from your message – your qualifications are the star of this show. What you choose to wear to your interview must complement your message and importantly show your future employer you “get them,” their culture and mission.
What you wear to the interview shows whether or not you ‘get’ the company culture and if you’ll be an employee fit.
This may come as a shock, but the classic business black suit is not always appropriate. Your image, what you wear, should reflect the company culture of your future employer, thereby sending the message you “get it.” If you are interviewing for a position on Wall Street, or with a major consulting firm, bank, or other conservative employer, go with a complementary conservative look (think a pressed black or navy blue suit). On the other hand, if you’re interviewing with a grassroots non-profit, your image should convey a polished but “down to earth” message (think clean and crisp khakis, blazer and collared shirt).
Can’t decide the right look? Consider how the CEO of your dream employer would dress and mimic his/her look. It’s always good to aim high!
Special thanks to guest writer Stephanie Goetsch, author of “5 Steps from I Hate My Job to I Love My Career”.
*excerpt from Stephanie’s newest career book,
“5 Steps from I Hate My Job to I Love My Career” – order your complete copy here (http://www.sparkcareerstrategy.com/5-steps-from-i-hate-my-job-to-i-love-my-career)!*
Entrepreneur Stephanie Goetsch is dedicated to inspiring action through her women’s e-magazine, HerExchange.com and translating that inspiration to action with Spark Career Strategy. Through her one-on-one work with clients, public speaking and career retreats, Stephanie transforms clients professional lives from “I hate my job” to “I love my career.”
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—Margaret Ann Innis – Decorate To Sell
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