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Dress for Success for Less

DC BAC Dress for Sucess flyer


Want to see what to wear and what not to wear?  Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina’s Davidson County Business Advisory Council will be hosting “Dress for Success for Less” on Wednesday, April, 2nd from 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.  This event includes a fashion show to make the public aware of the type of attire most suitable for job interviews and work settings, as well as the availability of the items at Goodwill stores.

In addition, employers and community partners will be on site to advise those in attendance how to navigate a job search and a successful job interview based on a set of criteria.  Corporate representatives scheduled to participate include:

•      Atrium

•      Temporary Resources

•      Lowes Hardware

•      The ARC of Davidson County

•      Carolina House

•      Goodwill Retail Store

•      Manpower Staffing, and

•      Lexington Parks & Recreation

A light lunch will be served, and door prizes awarded.  The event is free and open to the public.

For more information call Rhonda Wagner at (336) 236-8020.

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Hey Guys, Here’s how to go about wearing a suit


If you don’t wear suits all the time, knowing all the little style rules you need to follow is a daunting task. Many of them are unspoken, and you’re only clued into them if you’re an expert, so we took some time to round up the most important suit rules and put them in a simple, condensed cheat sheet that you can easily refer to whenever you find yourself neck-deep in a three-piece.


♦ Your belt should be fairly thin and the same color as your shoes
♦ Your tie should always be darker than your dress shirt
♦ Your tie bar should never be wider than your tie
♦ Never fasten the bottom button of a double-breasted jacket (unless it has only a single row of buttons)
♦ If you’re wearing a vest, always keep the bottom button unbuttoned
♦ Always unbutton your suit before sitting down, or you risk ruining it
♦ Save yourself some embarrassment: Always remove the stitching on the vents and the label on the left sleeve before wearing a new suit


♦ The width of the tie should match the width of the lapel
♦ Your tie should just reach the waistband of your trousers, or be slightly shorter
♦ The suit jacket should be just long enough to cover your pants zipper and butt
♦ The top button of a two-button (or the middle button of a three-button) should fall at or above the navel
♦ Sleeve cuffs should be exposed about half an inch
♦ Make sure that your socks are long enough that there’s no exposed leg when sitting down
♦ You should match your shoes to the color of your suit using this guide


♦ A pocket square adds an extra level of polish, but make sure it doesn’t match your tie in either pattern or fabric choice
♦ In general, thin lapels are more modern, whereas wide lapels are more old-school
♦ Opt for a charcoal or gray suit over black, unless you’re attending a funeral
♦ For a more fashion-forward look, the pant hem should hit right at the top of your shoe
♦ When you go without a tie, it’s best to keep your shirt collar on the smaller side
♦ Double vents in the back are more modern and fashionable
♦ Avoid over-accessorizing. If you’re already wearing a pocket square and a tie bar, you’ll want to reconsider that clever lapel pin.


♦ Choose fabric according to how often you’ll wear the suit. The most versatile option is a soft but durable wool like super 120 (a measure of yarn fineness; any higher is too delicate for daily use)
♦ When buying an off-the-rack suit, the number one thing to check is how the shoulders fit
♦ A collar gap between your jacket’s lapels and your shirt’s collar can signify an ill-fitting jacket
♦ If you’re going for more formal business attire, opt for a double-button, notched lapel jacket
♦ For a more casual, trendy look, opt for a single-button peak-lapel jacket
♦ You should be able to slip your hand between your chest and your buttoned jacket such that it feels snug, but with room to move
♦ Visible stitches around the edges of your lapels (called pick-stitching) aren’t necessarily a sign of a well-made garment anymore. However, they can be an attractive decorative flourish—as long as they’re subtle. No contrast stitching!

cross posted from The Manual

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Should Be Common Sense, but…10 Job Interview Dress Code Faux Pas

Did you know that showing up to a job interview with a questionable outfit can be enough to cost you the job? It doesn’t seem fair, but the truth of the matter is employers really do care that you show up to their office dressed appropriately.

When you think of inappropriate interview dress codes, the first things that come to mind are walking into the office wearing cut-up jeans, a tee-shirt, and a baseball cap. While these clothes are obviously wildly inappropriate for an interview, you can also make a bad impression simply by mismatching outfits. With that in mind, here are the top 10 things you should never wear to a job interview:

  • Should you decide to wear a tie, make sure that it is silk and no less than a quarter inches wide with patterns and colors that are not distracting. In other words, leave you “Garfield” tie at home.
  • Have nose or other facial piercings? Take them out before you head in for your interview.
  • Along the same lines, cover up any tattoos you have.
  • Sneakers, stilettos, open-toed shoes, or sandals.
  • Strong aftershaves, perfumes, or colognes should be avoided. The hiring manager might not like the smell or, even worse, could be allergic to it.
  • Heavy make-up.
  • Women: Avoid fishnet stockings, patterned hosiery, or bare legs.
  • Overly bright or large-patterned clothing.
  • Rumpled or stained clothing.
  • Suits that still have price tags on them.

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What You Wish You’d Known Before Your Job Interview – INFOGRAPHIC

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Find a Job by Sharpening Your Soft Skills

Many qualified workers find themselves competing for a small number of jobs as the economy continues its slow recovery. In the wake of the recession, how will you stand out amongst the crowd of people applying for your job of choice?

Demonstrating your soft skills – your positive attitude, flexibility and ability to interact with other people – can help give you an edge when looking for a job. Potential employers want to see that you not only have the skills and knowledge to perform the technical requirements of the position, but also that you will be an energetic and motivated team player.

Soft Skills that Lead to Job Success

Ready to give yourself an edge in the employment hunt? Employers are looking for individuals who can demonstrate the following skills:

    • Teamwork and collaboration skills: While your job is unique to you, don’t forget that you’re also part of a larger team. Close relationships with coworkers can improve productivity and morale. Make sure that the workload is being shared and avoid unnecessary conflict whenever possible.


    • Enthusiasm: Showing excitement about your job shouldn’t end once you’ve aced the interviewed and landed the position. Demonstrate initiative and show your passion for your job by pursuing new and challenging work. Perform tasks before being asked and volunteer to take on additional responsibilities when possible.


    • Oral and written communication skills: Ideal employees know how and when to share their ideas and concerns with their supervisor. Instead of complaining about a stressful situation, explain what is happening and offer suggestions on how you could do your job more efficiently. And don’t forget to listen – employers report entry-level candidates often struggle with listening carefully. Ask questions and take notes to ensure you understand what is being said.


  • Professionalism: When you went on your interview, you made sure that you dressed to impress and were on your best behavior. Carry that attitude into your work life by wearing the appropriate attire for your work setting, arriving on time, turning off your cell phone and speaking in a respectful manner with everyone with whom you interact.

Learn more about improving your soft skills by checking out AOL’s “Top 10 Soft Skills for Job Seekers” and the DOL’s report, “Soft Skills: The Competitive Edge.”


By Jenni Baker
GII Sr. Communications Specialist

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There Is No Such Thing As Being Overdressed For An Interview!

It is imperative that one dress appropriately for a job interview.   First impressions can last a lifetime so making the right one can make all the difference in how a future employer perceives your  attitude and work ethic.  If one takes the time to properly groom and dress, then it should be inferred that their time spent on the job will also be spent diligently.

What to wear for men:

-Suit (solid color – navy or dark gray)

-Long sleeve shirt (white or coordinated with the suit)


-Tie without bold designs or loud colors

-Dark socks

-Conservative leather shoes

-Little or no jewelry

-Neat, professional hairstyle

-Limited aftershave

-Neatly trimmed nails

-Fresh Breath

-Portfolio or briefcase

What to wear for women:

-Suit (navy, black or dark grey) – The suit skirt should be long enough so you can sit down comfortably

-Coordinated blouse

-Conservative shoes

-Limited jewelry (no dangling earrings or arms full of bracelets) – No jewelry is better than cheap jewelry

-Professional hairstyle

-Neutral pantyhose

-Light make-up and perfume

-Neatly manicured clean nails

-Fresh Breath

-Portfolio or briefcase

Things to avoid During an Interview

(you would be amazed at how often interviewees arrive for an interview with the following items):

Revealing Clothing, Too Much Jewelry,  Flip Flops or Sneakers, Visible Underwear, baggy clothes, Poor Footwear, Hats, anything Denim, Stained Clothing, Excessive Jewelry (no nose, tongue, or eyebrow rings), Baggy Pants w/out a belt to hold in place at WAISTLINE, Midriff, Mesh, Halter, Tank Tops, or Spaghetti Straps, Remnants of a Late Night Out, Graphic T-Shirts and cover large or offensive tattoos.  Do not bring in portable electronics (ipods), turn your cell phone off, do not chew gum or suck on a mint, do not carry large bags or backpacks into the interview.

Dressing for success is crucial to landing a job.  Even if the job you are interviewing for requires a uniform or casual clothing, be sure to dress your best and follow the above guidelines.  There is no such thing as being overdressed for a job interview!

Fredrina Pinkney

Employment Retention Specialist

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