Choosing Your Style for the Civilian Job
When you start interviewing, research the company’s dress code. Is it business, business casual or casual dress? It may be all three, but when you interview, opt for over-dressed rather than under-dressed.
Make Sure your Clothes Fit!
The first thing to consider is how clothing “off the rack” fits you. If you have found that you can walk into most clothing stores and find things that fit your proportions and style, then you do not necessarily need to purchase custom clothing.
What does it really mean when a clothing tag says “wash and wear” or “dry clean”? First and foremost the clothing manufacturer wants you to be happy with your purchase and one way for them to accomplish this is to give you help in caring for the clothing.
It’s one thing to know enough to wear a conservative navy or black suit with white shirt and simple tie to the interview, but what if you get hired? Hopefully, endless days of color coordinated clothing follow.
Protect Your Clothing
If you are building a wardrobe for a post-military career or if you are investing a substantial amount of money to update your current outfits, it is essential to know how to take care of your business attire.
When you go to purchase clothing for an interview or to build a wardrobe you will find many stores in various price ranges. Depending on your budget and needs, there are many options. The challenge is finding just the right store for you.
First Impressions are Important
New York University surveyed 152 companies and asked them the question “What are some of the reasons you do not hire people?” They came up with 48 reasons. The No. 1 reason why people are not hired is because of how they present themselves at the interview.
Types of Shirts
It may be hard to visualize that there are so many different components to a shirt, but it is important to know how these all work together. It is like wearing a uniform. Everything has regulations and specifications.
Buy the Right Clothes for your Situation
When beginning your post-military transition job search, it is important to budget what you have to spend on your wardrobe for your new career field.
Text ‘E’ for Embarrassment
When you dress for business, everything you wear must also say business. So your watch, rings, briefcase, wallet, MP3, CD players, cell phones and personal electronic organizers should look and sound professional.
The Evolution of the Suit
The military is big on tradition in both clothing and ceremony. Similar traditions can be found in the world of fashion – there are things we have just “always” done in a certain way.
Suited for Success
Trading in your military uniform for a business suit? In business, first impressions are lasting ones so you want to look your best at first glance.
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