Our executive board did an excellent job describing the proper attire for professional environments by individually dressing up to demonstrate a variety of dress options. Our very own fashion critique, Andrew Maestas, made it his mission to highlight what was right and wrong about the dress options. A few pointers for men and women include the following:
- For Men:
- Buttoned up dress shirt, tucked in
- Slacks and dress pants
- Dress shoes
- Belt (with matching shoes)
- Watch (Matching shirt or shoes)
- Tie (NOT a bowtie) - make sure it doesn’t exceed the beltline. Very Important!
- For Women
- Flats or heels, but no stilettos
- If wearing jewelry, make sure it is silver or gold
- Dress pants
- Blazer or a formal cardigan
For both genders, it is important to consider wearing only neutral colors such as white, gray or black. Nothing too flashy and make sure clothes are cleanly pressed, and ironed.
Along with the wonderful tips on how to dress professional attire, the executive board gave helpful information on creating a work portfolio. A portfolio is used to showcase your personal work such as writing samples, achievements, social media graphics and accounts, etc. This is extremely useful when making a good first impression on a potential employer. Also, it gives you something to put on your business card!
For the next part of the workshop Jacqueline Barraza, the PRSSA National Vice President of Career Services, discussed LinkedIn, a social network for professionals, that is used to connect those looking for jobs or internships, with potential future employers. During the discussion, Barraza went on to show the best way to display your personal information, accomplishments, etc. This was extremely useful as all of us in the organization will be making a LinkedIn account, if not already made, in our quest to find a job upon graduation.
To wrap up, the meeting was very beneficial to all members in the organization. Dressing professionally, making a LinkedIn account and developing a work portfolio are all things that will help for years to come in our individual professional careers! - Maxwell Schnurr