Many of us focus on the resume and the interview as the main components of the job search. The third is the interview suit. However, how do you maintain the look once you have gotten the job? New professionals are coming into entry level positions that also pay low wages in many instances. Much is expected of you and every move you make is being closely scrutinized during what is usually a probationary period.
As women, we are fortunate that the world of fashion caters to us and that inexpensive fashions can look great. However, inexpensive fashion doesn’t last very long. One of the things I have had to do as I have gotten older, wiser, busier and unfortunately larger, has been to curb my shopping habit. My son’s tuition has become the priority instead of the latest shoe craze or trend. I have made a concerted effort to find vendors who cater to my professional needs for quality apparel that will last and who also cater to my size without making me feel bad about myself.
The internet has made this easier. I want to recommend Jones New York. They make high quality women’s wear that is easily shifted to casual wear with the right fore thought. What I love most about this company is that they carry a nice selection of petite and plus sizes as well and their sales are fabulous! Of course Nordstrom’s, Bloomingdales and Macy’s have great selections if you are willing to shop the clearance racks. Shopping the clearance racks at Forever 21 is not quite the same!
I am sure many of you do not need fashion advice. However, looking the part is crucial to moving up in our professions. We may not have to wear suits everyday but having a few on hand is part of the tool box we need to be successful.
Another tip? Always have an outfit or two at work. You never know when the President of the college you work for wants to meet you on casual Friday. I have a simple black dress, black kitten heels, hosiery and a neutral colored blazer hanging on the back of my door, on call, in case of emergency.