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NYU Image Assessment- “What are YOU Wearing”…(for your career interview)

Victoria Duruh has been an internationally recognized top model director for 11 years. She also produced fashion events, booked top clients (e.g. Lancôme Int., Maybelline, Revlon/Cream of Nature, Abercrombie and Fitch, L’uomo Vogue, Teen Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Sports Illustrated) and celebrity appearances, and has done scouting, castings, film festivals, 2014 Oscar’s and other events. Victoria is currently working on Image Management with Wall Street Men advising on style, wardrobe, accessories, image, confidence and more.  Do you want to learn more? Read Victoria’s interviews with top hiring decision maker executives on appropriate appearance – e.g. Wall Street, Finance, Marketing, Public Relations, Fashion/Entertainment, Media/Communication – for specialized tips for  dressing for success.

The Basic Guide for Achieving Success 

Congratulations!! You just landed your dream job interview. Now, here comes the first challenge….figuring out what to wear to the interview.

While you may actually have all the right qualifications of the ideal candidate your dream employer is looking for, and you may confidently know it, neither of these things matter, if potential employers cannot actually see proof of that.

And by proof, I am referring to the professional IMAGE of yourself.

The stakes are high. First impressions are created in the first few seconds of walking in the door, and they rely mostly on nonverbal cues like body language, and yes, clothes. Arrive inappropriately dressed and you risk being judged as less competent or intelligent before you even begin talking.

If you make a bad impression with what you are wearing, you could spend the rest of the interview simply trying to make up for it instead of sharing all the incredible talents that make you the right one for the job. You likely have the foundation. But there are still some details that even the best of us might not be getting right.

The interview is probably one of the few places where you do not receive feedback on your own performance. Although you might not always be confronted with bad wardrobe choices, do not think that it goes unnoticed.

Employers will rarely communicate that your wardrobe, accessories or body language contributed to a less favorable interview impression. They may not even know it themselves, since many of these impressions are subconscious. Employers view candidates as a potential future reflection of the company. It will be noticed if you portray any negative image.

So, I put together some photographs of the fashion back to basic suitable business attire that will help you land the job.

1. Industry Appropriate Basic Attire Choice – The wardrobe from the top to the bottom, suits, jackets, pants shirts, ties, socks and shoes for men and suit, dresses, skirts, shoes and tights for women, needs to account for differences in industry. For example, “what works” for Wall Street, does not necessarily work for Hi Tech or more creative industries….Classic with a Twist!

2. Proper Clothing Fit – The clothes must properly fit, both to conform to industry expectations as well as frame the student in the most favorable light. Inexpensive clothes that fit perfectly will look better than a Bergdorf’s wardrobe. That does not fit pants that are the incorrect length or shirts that are too blousy or tight, will send a subconscious, if not conscious, message to the interviewer.

3.  Colors, Fabrics and Textures – Putting your best foot forward to facilitate the most confident image also involves choosing the colors, fabrics and textures that best flatter each individual based on different heights, weights, skin texture, hair color, bone structure and other factors.

4.   Proper GroomingThis includes the basics in proper haircut, hairstyling, shave, sideburns, eye brows, tattoos, etc.

 

 

5. Appropriate Accessories – A Finishing Touch…Generally keep it Simple, but there are tips on how to ensure that accessories complete clothing and ones own image, including jewelry, watches, ties, tie clips, handbags, tote/brief cases, and earrings, etc. And nose rings for men  (Generally “Just say No”).

6.   Key Body Language Signals – You never get a second chance to make a first impression. How a student walks, sits and carries them throughout the interview sends strong non-verbal messages. The eye contact and handshake are key. The goal is not to create identical interviewees or job candidates, but to avoid students sending negative signals before speaking a word.

 For more information and/or schedule an Image Assessment, please contact Victoria at victoria@imagetherapynyc.com .

 

Three Steps to Getting an Internship in Non-profit / Government

Deniz Duru Aydin is a senior at CAS, majoring in Politics and European & Mediterranean Studies. Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, she interned at various arts-related nonprofits and government organizations including the Lincoln Center and New York State Council on the Arts. She is currently working as a Policy Fellow with Access (www.accessnow.org), an international non-profit organization that focuses on issues at the intersection of technology and human rights. She is also involved in various projects on internet-related policymaking such as the Youth Coalition on Internet Governance and Freedom Online Coalition.

Three Steps to Getting an Internship in Non-profit / Government

by Deniz Duru Aydin (Peer in Career)

Whether you are a politics major who is dedicated to becoming the next President of the United States, or an environmentalist looking to gain experience while working for the advancement of a cause you are passionate about, an internship experience at a nonprofit or governmental organization is a great for your pre-professional development. Here are a few steps – all tested and verified – that will help you if your career search in the non-private sector:

1- Use NYU CareerNet with the right keywords and timing

You should know the best tags to filter from the hundreds of opportunities listed on NYU CareerNet. If you are interested in the non-profit sector and/or government organizations, using specific keywords including, but not limited to, “policy” “human rights” and “advocacy” will make your life easier.

Are you passionate about a specific cause? As the NYU CareerNet job search looks through job descriptions by default, you should also try searching for positions using specific policy issues. As an example, using “climate change” as a keyword will let you find internships posted by organizations working on environmental issues, including specialized governmental agencies. Alternatively, try to run your search using a geographical focus – ie. “Middle East” or “Latin America” – which will help you navigate the best opportunities that fit your academic experience or personal background. If you are an international student, remember to leverage your language skills by looking for opportunities in international organizations that require or prefer foreign language fluency.

Is there an election coming up? Use NYU CareerNet to look for opportunities to volunteer at an election campaign. Timing is definitely important when it comes to finding an interesting experience. As an example, I volunteered during the 2013 New York City mayoral elections to get a chance to observe first-hand how electoral politics work in the United States. Keep an open eye to what is happening around you and unleash your curiosity!

2- Take your job search to external platforms

Apart from NYU CareerNet, keep an eye on the websites of the organizations you are passionate about. Most nonprofits have year-round volunteering opportunities, as well as paid internship/assistantship options that they publish on their websites, mostly under “Careers” sections.

Another great resource for finding the right opportunity is Twitter! Most organizations publish their job advertisements on Twitter, as they think that it is an effective way to reach people who are most passionate about their work. Create a Twitter list that includes organizations that you would like to work/intern for. This way, you will not only have a great resource to check new opportunities in 140 characters, but also a personally curated list that will help you follow the updates on causes you care about!

If you are looking for a more aggregated job search platform, Idealist.org is very useful for finding nonprofit internships and volunteer opportunities, as its mission is “to close the gap between intention and action by connecting people, organizations, ideas, and resources.” In addition, most job search platforms such as indeed.com and LinkedIn job search have opportunities in the non-profit and government sector. Finally, remember to use more specialized resources such as usajobs.gov to find federal and state-level opportunities.

3- Develop new interests, network & network some more!

In today’s world and while you are in New York City, the opportunities for networking are limitless for all sectors, including nonprofit and government. Attending lectures outside your school at NYU would be a great idea to meet with influential thought leaders in the policy area you are interested in, as well as developing new interests. Use the NYU Events listing and keep an eye on the events calendars of interesting university-wide NYU institutions including but not limited to Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, Institute for Public Knowledge or The Governance Lab.

Events outside NYU are also helpful in finding your dream job or internship at a nonprofit. As an example, Dylan James Welch, a senior at NYU studying International Relations, found his current job through attending a TEDx Conference in his hometown Boston. After hearing about the organization, he got involved in its NYU Chapter, which led to an internship opportunity at the organization’s main office in New York City.

If you’d like to put your networking skills to the test, attend this popular Wasserman event featuring a number of non-profit organizations:

Dining for Success (For Juniors, Seniors and Graduate Students)

Thursday, April 2, 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. LOCATION: TBA (check CareerNet for the latest information) IN-PERSON REGISTRATION AND REFUNDABLE CASH DEPOSIT REQUIRED! Registration is first-come, first-served! Mastering interviewing skills is hard enough, but what about when your interview is over a meal? Don’t let your dining etiquette stand in the way of getting the job! Join NYU Recruiters from ESPN, Teach for America, Ernst & Young, PwC, The Walt Disney Company and more to practice these skills over a three-course meal! More information about in-person registration HERE.

How do I dress for a career fair?

By: Garvin Reid

Garvin Reid - Assistant Director at Wasserman Center for Career Development

“How do I dress for a career fair?”

A question so simple yet easily able to become complicated if you overthink it.

When thinking of what to wear for a career fair, think of it just as you would a social gathering in which that one person that you really want to impress will be there. The biggest difference is that instead of it being one person at a social gathering, there will be multiple people you seek to impress and it’s in a professional setting. As such, you want to be sure that none of the little things take you out of the running for the career of your dreams.

Just as you would ensure that your resume is primed and polished, it’s best to make sure that your appearance is as well. Appearing disheveled and messy could make an employer question your attention to detail. This is true for both customer facing and non-customer facing roles. Consider this: a recruiter may think “If this person did not notice their nail polish was chipped, how could they notice the extra 0 in the balance sheet?” Just as details matter in your cover letter, resume, business card, etc. you want to show that same level of care to how you present yourself.

What to wear

Similar to practicing your elevator pitch in the mirror, be sure to check your appearance in the mirror before leaving out for the career fair. Recruiters see attending a career fair as an opportunity to meet with a large amount of students with hopes of hiring a few or sometimes just one. With this in mind, you want your appearance to help rather than hinder you. 

Professional Attire

Suit

It’s always best to wear a business suit to a career fair. It shows that you are a professional and exudes confidence. Although you may be interested in a position at a company that you know has a relaxed dress code, you will never be overdressed when it comes to choosing a business suit for a career fair. What if you find out that the company with the relaxed dress code is no longer hiring yet there are multiple companies in your industry and all of their recruiters came in professional attire? Wearing a business suit allows you mobility at a career fair because wearing one makes you dressed appropriately to speak to anyone. 

In choosing your suit, you want to go for neutral colors (charcoal, navy blue, or gray). Black suits are difficult to make you stand out but if time or money is against you, there is nothing wrong with a black suit if accessorized properly (see below). It’s advised to stay away from the seasonal suits when attending a career fair. These are the seersucker, linen, tweed, etc. Seasonal colored and fabric suits are considered appropriate for a business casual setting rather than business professional. There is some leeway to this rule for women as colors are more acceptable. 

Get your suit dry cleaned and ironed before the career fair. A freshly pressed and cleaned suit literally fits as good as new. This also ensures that there are no stains on your suit just in case you had to get dressed in the dark because you didn’t want to wake your roommate.

Skirts

Ladies, when wearing a skirt to a career fair be mindful of the length. Anything higher than roughly two inches above the knee is considered inappropriate. When choosing a skirt to pair with your blazer you want to keep it professional. Think more “A line” or “Pencil” than “high low” or “mini”. 

Shirts

Your dress shirt is just as important as your suit selection. Consider neutral colors like white, French blue, or even a pale purple if you wish to show school spirit.

Ladies: You have more leeway in this area since you won’t have to worry about matching a tie to your shirt. If choosing to wear a button down shirt, it is important to ensure that it fits well. You want to make sure that it is not too tight which allows your undergarments to show between the buttons. Professionalism is the name of the game here.

Just as with your suit, a clean starched and pressed dress shirt says more positive things about you than a stained wrinkled one. I prefer to iron my shirts but if time is not on your side, you can drop it off at your local cleaner.

Ties

Now that you have your shirt selected, choose a tie that 1. Compliments your suit and shirt and 2. Stands out or has the ability to be a conversation starter. My personal strategy is to wear a solid gray suit; white or French blue shirt, and a conservative bow tie. I call this “Standing out while fitting in”. I’m no statistician but per my experience, if an event has 100 professional men, you are guaranteed to only see at most 10 of them wearing a bow tie. This creates a differentiating impression and also allows you to say “the guy with the bow tie” when you send your follow up e-mails (provided they complimented you on your bow tie of course).

If you’re not ready for a bow tie, fear not, there are other ways to stand out while fitting in.

Accessorize Accordingly

I remember being at a training led by Caroline Gundeck when I was an intern for Morgan Stanley in their Global Wealth Management Internship program. Caroline who is a Managing Director for Ultra High Net Worth Business Development spoke on ways to stand out at networking events. One thing that stuck with me since that training was to “wear a conversation starter”. Caroline explains it as something that is on you that may spark interest in the person that you are speaking to. For Caroline, that conversation piece is a broach, for me it’s been a bow tie and/or pocket square. You never know where that conversation may go or what that person’s perception of you may be after noticing it. The key here though is to subscribe to the mantra of “less is more”. If you are going to wear an interesting piece, let that one piece speak for you. With that said, also ensure that it’s professional.

Here are some examples of accessories you can wear to “stand out while fitting in”

  • Bow tie
  • Bracelet
  • Tie bar
  • Pocket Square
  • School Ring
  • Necklace
  • Silk Scarf
  • Lapel Pin
  • Hair Accessory
  • Broach
  • Earrings
  • Watch

Best Foot Forward

Gentlemen, it is important to ensure that your shoes are not only business professional but also shined and polished. This is particularly true for those of you with interests in the hospitality industry. Most of the customer facing roles within this industry grants their workers with the titles of being ambassadors of the brand. You want to make sure that brand looks neat, clean, and polished at all times.

Ladies, for you it’s not so much about the polish of your shoes as it is important that you choose the right shoe for the career fair. Consider going for the comfortable closed toe pump rather than a flat. With giving consideration to the weather on the day of, it’s best not to wear boots either.

Conclusion

When you think of a career fair, think of “The Hunger Games” you would like to do everything in your power to ensure that “the odds are in your favor”. Dressing the part is the easiest way to do so.  

Now that you know how to dress for a career fair, why not try out your new style. Attend the Fall 2014 NYU School of Professional Studies Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management Career Fair on Thursday, October 30th. RSVP here!

Top 10 Tips and Tricks to Dining Etiquette

Whether you’re at a coffee shop meeting a professional for an informational interview, having a meal with a potential hiring manager, or enjoying a drink and hor d’oeuvres at a networking mixer, etiquette is key! With Dining For Success around the corner on Thursday, October 3, The Wasserman Center provides you with tips and tricks below to perfect your etiquette with an employer or professional… when it involves food!
10. Start from the outside and work your way in… on the dinner table.

With a collection of forks, spoons, and knives, where do you start? Every piece of silverware corresponds with each course of a meal. The fork, knife, and spoon placed at the ends of your place setting are used when enjoying an appetizer or starter. Conversely, the silverware closest to you are used for your main course or entree. Dessert utensils are typically provided immediately before the course is served. When in doubt, take the lead from your counterparts and work your way from the outside in.

9. Salt and pepper stick together.

Be cognizant of side dish and condiments. LIke items, such as salt and pepper or olive oil and vinegar, should be passed to a fellow table guest together. Use two hands to pass or receive a side dish, leveraging both the dish and serving utensil. If a guest would like you to serve an item on their plate, place the dish in your left hand and serve the item with your right.

8. The text can wait.

A phone is a prime distraction in the classroom and during meal time. Make sure to silence your phone and conceal it in your pocket or bag. Unless there’s an emergency, there is no need to respond to a call or text. Remember, your attention should be placed on the person in front of you. Putting your phone away is considered as sign of respect.

7. Pass on the lobster tail.

Even though you may be at a fancy restaurant that you would never visit, order an item off the menu that typically lies within the average price range for an entree. Take the lead from an employer when ordering an appetizer. Do not overindulge with your main course, or order very little and pretend you’re not hungry.

6. Suit & Tie

How do you stay comfortable over a meal in business and professional attire? Leave coats and bags at coat check, place your jacket around your chair, and place your portfolio or notepad to a lower corner of your table. Be mindful of potential spills on your ties when dining. Brush your hair behind your ears and shoulders to decrease chances of hair falling into your plate.

5. Posture & Attention

Sit upright with your shoulder resting back in line with your ears. Straighten your back as much as possible. Resist the temptation of slouching into the arch of your chair. Bring your chair and its backrest as close to your seat to support your comfort and an attentive appearance at a table. The more (physically) engaged you seem, the much more personable you may appear to your dinner guest.

4. To dessert or not to dessert?

Interested in satisfying your sweet tooth or grabbing that post-meal coffee? Take the lead from an employer. Feel free to order dessert should your interviewer do so, but do not be discouraged if an employer chooses not to and ends the meal. They may need to head to their next meeting or appointment.

3. It’s not about the food. It’s about you.

Whether a light appetizer or full entree sits opposite you and your interviewer, your main goal at the moment is to showcase relevant qualifications, skills, and abilities that you make you a marketable professional or hirable candidate. Be sure to get these points across to your interviewer in a succinct and clear manner. Do not let your meal sit between you and a great opportunity.

2. Do eat something!

Meal time interviews and networking receptions can make an individual feel nervous or anxious, and eating something can make you feel comfortable. Be sure to order an item that is familiar, something you’ve enjoyed in the past, and does not take more time to carve out than your response to a question.

1. Practice makes perfect.

The best way to learn or correct your dining etiquette is to find opportunities to practice, either at a restaurant, mixer, event, or with friends during dinner

…And what better way to practice than by participating in Dining For Success!

Interested in attending Dining for Success this semester on Thursday, October 3, at The Smith East Village?

Register for the event by dropping off a $20 deposit at the front desks of ether The Wasserman Center (133 East 13th Street, 2nd Floor) or The Wasserman Center at NYU-Poly (6 MetroTech Center, JB359) no later than September 26, 2013. Spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Please note: This semester’s Dining For Success program is geared towards juniors, seniors, and graduate students interested in pursuing careers in Accounting, Finance, Engineering, Technology, and Small Business. You will be asked to list preferences upon registering for the event. If you have a general interest in the event, regardless of career areas, you are more than welcome to register.

Beat the Summer Heat & Dress for Success at Your Next Interview

Now that final exams and graduation have passed, the job search is heating up – literally.

Summer has officially graced us, and many of NYU’s newest graduates and students on summer hiatus are seeking out jobs or summer internships.  Many of you may be wondering how to dress professionally in the extreme heat once you receive a coveted invitation for an interview.  Check out our tips below to beat the summer temperatures with style and professionalism at your next interview.

(If you need some inspiration for career wear or motivation to apply for opportunities, check out our style suggestions and awesome fashion-industry job postings above. Just scroll your mouse over the image and select the green dots!)

1.  Dress formally even if the office environment is casual.  Try career wear in lightweight materials that will keep you cool without compromising the professionalism an interview demands.

2. No showing skin!  Women remember that sleeveless tops (tank tops, tube tops), short skirts, or low cut dresses or shirts should be avoided.  Men and women should always avoid shorts.

3. Integrating your bright and colorful summer accessories in the form of ties, camisoles or socks can be great, but interview outfits/suits in dark colors convey that you are a serious job candidate who is capable of looking the part as well as acting it!

4. Accessorize with jewelry (small) pieces that won’t overpower your interview look.  If you are in a creative field this is a chance to show your style and creativity!

5. Make sure your shoes are comfortable and business appropriate.  Avoid any footwear in the following categories: open-toed, flip-flops,  too bright, or casual.  You never know how conservative the interviewer is and what they may consider a faux pas, so erring on the side of caution is key.  Let your words do the talking-not your outfit.

6. Be well-groomed.  Women: Do not let your makeup or hair be a distraction to you or the interviewer!  Makeup and nails should be both neutral and natural, and hair best when it is pulled away from your face.   Men: Make sure your haircut conveys attention to grooming or care.

7. Interview purses or briefcases should be big enough to hold your resume and essentials, but not big enough to look like you’re going away for a long weekend!

8. Do a “sit test” in your suit/outfit to make sure it and you are comfortable.  If not, seek other options.

9. Iron or dry clean your interview suit/outfit.  Nothing says you are unprepared and unprofessional like lots of wrinkles or dirt spots!

10. Details matter on your resume, in your interview, and in what you wear- so be mindful when choosing your outfit!  When in doubt, check-in with your career counselor, and consider visiting our Pinterest boards for some insight and inspiration!