Present the Best You

Hello 2012 and Goodbye 2011…as
we all know this is the time of the year that everyone sets their goals and
resolutions for the coming year.  I
am more of a goal person and continually set them for myself.  As most of you know I am currently
attending college and I will graduate with my Bachelor of Science in Management
and Supervision this spring! It wasn’t easy and I had a lot of personal
obstacles but I didn’t give up and now I am done! This has been a long journey,
however I am excited to start applying for new positions and get my name out
there.  I have utilized Monster.com
in the past for online jobs search and they have just launched a new
professional networking app for Facebook. 
BeKnown allows you to set up a professional
profile directly on Facebook that is completely separate from your personal
Facebook page.   Below is a
snapshot of my actual BeKnown profile:
 
It only took me a few
minutes to upload my information to my BeKnown Facebook page.  I am already on my way to making new
connections and applying for new jobs.  You can also check this helpful video guide.
Besides being an app on
Facebook BeKnown is also available for
download for iPhone
users and Android
users.  Professional connections
are so important when you are a new graduate trying to find your footing in the
workforce.  It can be overwhelming
at times however maintaining a professional profile like BeKnown you will be
able to track your professional connections, search the monster.com job
database, and view job postings by your schools alumni with BeKnown College
Pages, all while you are logged into Facebook.
Now once you have
established your connections, and applied for jobs it’s time to get your
interview wardrobe in order.  I am
no spring chicken myself, which just means I have been interviewing for quite
some time.  Most of my outfit posts
on Curves and Confidence are of daily my office attire.  As the title of this post suggests you
should be the best you always! 
Below are few tips for
dressing successfully for an interview:
~ Be sure to
pre-plan your outfit prior to the interview, try everything on and make sure
you have
   a great fit.
~ Make sure you
are comfortable with what you are wearing, especially your shoes! I have been
   surprised a few times with having to having walk long distances in high heels.
~ Regardless of
the position always dress professionally.
~ No open toe shoes
for the interview, they might be perceived as casual.
~ Keep your
jewelry and accessories to a minimum, no cocktail rings, bangles or large
earrings. 
   You don’t want anything
to distract your interviewer from what you are saying.
~ Lastly, hair and
nails should be neat and subtle, nothing too crazy.
Now when you do get the job,
which I know will happen for those of us that are looking to find something
better and more challenging, be sure to observe your new jobs office
environment for the first couple of weeks. 
Most companies have a
written dress code that employees must follow, but the office maybe more lenient then the actual written rules. 
If you are just starting
out, as a young professional or even trying to build a better work wardrobe, make
sure you have the basics in your closet i.e. well fitted blazer, nice dress
pants, feminine blouses, pencil skirt, sheath dress, cardigan, wrap dress, dark colored jeans and a few pairs of great
shoes.  These items are great
foundation pieces that will be interchangeable for your work wardrobe. 
Below is a collage of my
favorite work outfits: 

I hope this was helpful for all you currently seeking jobs or planning to do so this year as a personal goal.  Please let me know if you have any questions
Disclosure:  I was asked to participate in the Monster.com’s “Present The Best You” online contest. For my participation I was gifted a business card hold and makeup kit.  

  • Great tips!  I'm sure this will help a lot of job seekers. I had never even heard of BeKnown, I'm checking it out now…

  • Jeimysfashionloveaffair

    Happy New Year honey loving all the looks and soo happy for you on finishing school that's a tough thing to do and you're almost there great job!!!

  • Happy new year and congrats to you!! your hard work has certainly paid off!  Thanks for the wonderful tips as well!

  • Ashley

    OMG! I love this post. This is just what I need because I plan to look for a new place to work this Fall. I am going to sign up today! Great post 🙂 

    xoxo,
    Ashley
    ASassyWoman.Com 

  • Ronald Belgrave

    Love this post and loving your blog too.  

  • Great post!  Love your blog.

  • Lovely looks m'dear!  Best to you in 2012!  Thanks for all your support and best of luck to you on your goals!

  • Thank you so much for this post! I will be done with classes next semester and finding a job is #1 on my list. Good luck with your job search and congrats on all your accomplishments!

    -Cherrie 

  • LA Lynn’s

    Such a helpful & yet inspiring post!!!! ~Thanks for sharing & your looks for 2011 were fierce and always on point! Can't wait to see your 2012 FITS!!!! Happy New Year & much success…

  • Tima

    I love all the interview looks and Im really jealous of your balcony lol.

    Editor & Chic

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  • Ashley

    This post came right on time!! I just graduated with my Bachelor's in Communications on December 17th and have been on the job hunt ever since.  Even though I've been in the "real world" while going to school, I still have those moments when I don't know what to wear when it's time to go on an interview.  Your advice is very helpful and I will definitely be setting up one of these BeKnown accounts.

  • cheapandfabmom

    Girl!!! You just said a mouthful right there! Great points on everything you stated. I stress these key components to my daughter all the time. When going for a job, I always look the part amd I keep it professional long after. This Facebook job tool your referring to is excellent as well. I have never heard of this, and I think it's great potential employers to get a glimpse of the person to see the full spectrum of your potential. Congratulations on your accomplishments and many blessings on your endeavors. Btw, that spread of your favorite work outfits were on point!!
    Dee

  • Patience

    Happy New Year girl! Great 2011 work outfits. Looking forward to 2012.

    http://www.justpatience.com

  • SuaveHaus

    This was such and awesome post!!! So inspiring for women and bloggers! Keep up the great work and you now have a active follower!

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  • SuaveHaus

    P.S. My FT job is Recruiting so I am definitely looking into this as a source to post our jobs on.

    Thanks again!

  • Wow! I've never hear of BeKnown. I will be heading over shortly to check it out. Also, I wanted to ask you for a favor. I will shoot you a DM on Twitter! Happy New Year!

  • I've never heard of BeKnown, Thanks! Keep up the good work with your education and good luck on your job search! You've got the education and you look the part!

  • Love the outfits! All of em

  • Rhoda

    Fabulous post! Great outfits. Very professional and fun!

    http://www.rigstyle.blogspot.com

  • I love the white blazer/pink ruffled top ensemble

  • Malissa Johnson

    You style is very chic and elegant! I love it

    Mally
    xox

    http://sweetblaqq.blogspot.com/

  • from one working student to another, go girl! i love the outfits and the tips you have given. best wishes to you as you finish up 🙂

    ~nic

  • Lamooonda

    i like your style and you are very beautiful.

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  • That information is awesome and will be very helpful to young ladies entering the workforce, and others looking to build their careers!  Love the blog. 

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  • whitecardigan1

    I love all the interview looks and Im really jealous of your balcony lol.

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