QUICK PERSONAL FINANCE TIP; LOW COST JOB INTERVIEW CLOTHES

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JOB INTERVIEW CLOTHES

Jr. Carina, my #1 advisor and I were discussing my upcoming book, 20 Minute Guide to Personal Finance for New College Grads. With college graduation fast approaching, she urged me write about how to get a low cost professional wardrobe. Jr. reminded me that she and her friends are all broke but will need professional interviewing clothes.

Ignore this Advice at Your Own Peril

Society today is more casual in its attire requirements  than in the past, with opportunities to dress casually all the time in many occupations. “Casual Friday” has turned into “Casual Monday through Friday.” Personally, I think that’s great, much more comfortable :).

CASUAL CLOTHING IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR A JOB INTERVIEW. You must have two professional job interview outfits. One for the first interview and another for the second.

INTERVIEW CLOTHES ON THE CHEAP

Before hitting the mall, do some recon. Consider what individuals in your field wear. Going into the arts or a creative field? You get to spice it up a bit and dress a bit more non-conventionally. Business and engineering are traditional all the way!

Do you wear the same type of clothes to an interview that you wear to a job?

NO! Even if you are applying to work at a resort, NEVER WEAR SHORTS TO AN INTERVIEW. The same goes for flip-flops, mini skirts, and tee shirts.

DRESS UP FOR AN INTERVIEW

Let the type of job guide your clothing choice, but dress it up a notch.

You can’t go wrong with a suit; for men and women. Choose a neutral color, brown, black, or dark blue are fine. If you are going into the arts, you can get by with a bit more color and fashion forward styles. Guys, a tie is a must. Women, light on the make up and jewelry.

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 Target, Kohl’s, JC Penney, TJ Maxx, Macy’s and even consignment shops have sales and bargains. Keep your eye out for mark downs. Ask for a gift certificate for a graduation gift. Now is not the time to be shy, ask mom and dad (if they aren’t totally tapped out helping you pay for college) for a gift card. Your interview clothes don’t have to be new. You may already have a suit in your closet. Make sure it’s clean and pressed. Women a pair of pumps or flats are fine and men some leather shoes will fit the bill. No open toes!

WHAT ABOUT THE SECOND INTERVIEW?

A blazer with coordinating slacks or a skirt will do it. Mix and match. Ask a professor or trusted older advisor for their opinion. They usually appreciate being asked.

For more tips for job hunting, visit your college’s career center. They offer tons of resources.

What are your wardrobe suggestions for the job search?

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