Tuesday, December 6, 2011

let's talk work!

Today I am working with Monster.com on getting the word out about their great new online service BeKnown...

Monster.com recently launched BeKnown, a professional networking app for Facebook. Since young professionals spend more time on Facebook than any other networking site, Monster wanted to give young people the opportunity to network professionally within the world’s largest and most popular social network. BeKnown allows you to set up a professional profile directly on Facebook that is completely separate from your personal Facebook page (think along the lines of a network within a network). It also lets you conduct a job search of Monster's database of jobs without ever leaving BeKnown or Facebook. By tapping into the networks of their Facebook friends, young professionals can easily connect, send messages, and see who among their existing contacts is connected to a company or job opportunity they are interested in. Monster.com also released the mobile version of the app, so now you can take their networks with them on their iPhone or Android devices (available at iTunes).

So today I am putting together three outfits to wear to an interview - making a great first impression is essential in the interviewing process.  Here are my tips on what to wear to a job interview!

For a first interview I hands-down suggest a nice conservative suit. Nothing crazy, nothing with too much personality.  Show the interviewer that you take yourself seriously and that you take the time that they have put aside to meet with you seriously as well.  Be professional and courteous with both your demeanor and wardrobe.   This simple suiting outfit with a basic white top and classy but not overboard accessories is perfect.

Made it to a second interview? Congrats!  These subsequent interviews are just as important as the very first interview - so still choose your wardrobe wisely. I always say to dress at the office's dress code or above for second and third interviews but feel free to relax a bit from the suit look.  Bright and bold colors are great for a second interview because they can show your personality (if your personality is colorful, that is) and can also be very memorable for a interviewer.  As in: "Remember that savvy gal with the orange skirt?"

Follow up interviews should, as I briefly mentioned above, take into account the current office dress code and culture.  Interviewers want to know that you would be a good fit for the job - but also a good fit for the office environment and for their business clients.  It's important to get along with your co-workers and for the company to feel like you are a 'natural' for the open position.  This outfit takes into account a business casual environment and also has a studious look to it as well!

Disclosure: I have entered a contest and received a participant gift for participating with BeKnown and Monster.com.  All opinions and tips are my own.

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