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You've searched, applied, and now it's time to make a great impression. Learn how to prepare, research, and present the best you to your prospective employer. Career Services offers a breadth of opportunities both online and in person through our office and campus events.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Dress for Success
Know where you are going and prepare materials, padfolio, copies of resumes etc
Get a Good Night's Rest
Behavioral interviews determine that what you did in the past often predicts what you would do in the same situation in the future
S - Situation
T - Task
A - Action
R - Result
One of the best things to do is practice and go into the interview with a plan of what you want to convey. Career Services offers multiple opportunities for you to refine your skills.
Appearance matters, whether it is an interview, networking event, or a normal day on the job. Often individuals don't know the difference between professional, business and business casual attire. The variations between the three can make a big difference in the way you are viewed. Learn the ins and outs of business dress all the way from your hair to your shoes.
Business suits: navy, black or grey, skirts preferred for women
Shirt: long sleeved, button down (for men), light in color, no spaghetti straps (for women), be modest with clevage (women)
Ties: reach to your belt line. Best choices are solid, stripes or small patterns, no more than three colors
Shoes: Leather, black or brown, lace-up (for men), 1-2 inch heel (for women)close toe and heel, shiny
Socks: Dark color matches suit, long enough not to show skin when legs are crossed
Belt vs. Suspenders: One or the other, do not wear both, belt should be leather
Facial hair: Should be well groomed
Jewelry, make-up and nail polish: conservative color and minimal, one or two pieces, only one earring per ear.
Men: Blazer or casual jacket with dress pants or khakis
Women: Jacket or sweater set with dress pants, dress, or skirt no shorter than three inches above knee
Shirts and sweaters: Button down (for men), short or long sleeved, tucked in, no tie required, polo-type, crew neck sweaters, cardigans
Socks: Dark color, long enough not to show skin when legs are crossed
Shoes: leather loafers, oxfords, boots (for men), pumps, slides, mules, conservative sandals (for women)
Dresses: Straps should be at least one inch wide, length no more than three inches above knee
Facial hair: Should be well groomed
Pants: dockers, khakis
Skirts: casual cut, no more than three inches above the knee
Shirts: short or long sleeve shirt, button up, polo, no t-shirts
Shoes: loafers or lace ups, no athletic-type shoes
Students, don't have something to wear to an interview? Don't worry, Career Services can help. The Career Closet, located in YU 230 is a free service in which students are welcome to take one compete outfit.
Students have utilized the Career Closet in preparation for interviews, internships, Job Fairs or other events/activities requiring professional dress. When a student finds a item or outfit that they like, it is theirs to keep.
Career Closet items were generously donated by members of the Superior Sunrise Centennial Rotary Club, UW-Superior faculty, staff and students, as well as local community members.
Learn the subtleties of dressing for gender and for varying work places. Also, find a measuring guide for the perfect "comfortable fit" in all your business attire.
Whether its meeting potential employers over dinner or chatting with new clientele at a lunch social, table manners and dining etiquette remain a crucial piece of first impressions and building professional relationships.
Utilize this guide to learn the ins and outs of American dining, general tips, and how to politely handle difficult foods such as artichokes, bread, caviar, shellfish, and more.
Every country has their own ideas of manners and politeness. Make sure you are prepared so as not to offend your foreign hosts by reading this article from the BBC.
Congratulations! You've been offered a position. You may even be juggling multiple offers. Learning how to analyze the job offers and ultimately how to negotiate salary and benefits will help you obtain the best possible opportunity for both you and the employer.
Learn about determining your worth, understanding the many potential benefits and compensation, and how to strategize obtaining the best possible outcome.
Use this worksheet to rank what's important to you and find your salary range based on your expenses and needed income.
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