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Top 10 Style Do's for a Job Interview

By Your Style Savior

[Editor's note: This was written for the ladies, but most tips work for guys, too!]

10. A manicure is 100% necessary. If you're an animated talker (such as moi), waving your hands in the air while dirt remains present under your fingernails is not a great indication of hygiene.

9. Minimal jewelry. No gaudiness. No costume jewelry.

8. Body piercing, remove; tattoos, cover up. Seems like the two easiest tricks in the book, right? Wrong. You'd be surprised how many can mess this one up.

7. A little heel goes a long way. You don't need to wear five inchers. In fact you probably shouldn't. But you don't want to wear flats either.

6. Print your resume on some nice paper. And bring at least 10 copies. A little bit of over-preparation never hurt nobody.

5. Get a good night's rest. Don't go into an interview hungover. You won't be able to hold an intelligent conversation, and you'll probably look like crap.

4. Wear a suit. Or a blazer at…

Despite Many out of Work, Jobs Seem Harder to Fill

A recent Wall Street Journal article  says "Applicants are Fewer and Many are Lacking."  Although I think this is referring mainly to more technical roles, I have to say this is true in our industry as well.

I will be brutally honest here:  Seems to me that older (yes, I'm using the word older) candidates with good skills are aplenty and younger candidates with good skills are few.  And it seems that (except for senior level roles managing groups of professionals) the number of years experience required for roles gets lower and lower.  But there's something else...the best of these must be sought after so much that they look at opportunities with a nonchalance that I've not experienced before, in my 25 years of recruiting.
It may be the times, the x and y generation, the constant stream of information coming at people -- but they lack the manners.  They lack appreciation and insight.  They can be downright rude.
In earlier days, a professional communicator answer…

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