9 Things You Shouldn't Wear to a Job Interview

by Alison Doyle via The Balance Careers

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A big part of getting a job is making a good first impression, and a big part of making a good first impression is how you dress for the interview. While you don't have to spend a lot of money on your wardrobe, putting in a little extra effort will pay off in the long run.

The GQ Guide to Suits

by The GQ Editors via GQ

 Image Courtesy of Thomas Whiteside

Image Courtesy of Thomas Whiteside

Every man should own a great suit. Zero exceptions. And while a great suit will make you feel (and look) sharp, world-wise, and sophisticated, a bad one will make you look like a hack or some man-child who still gets dressed by his mommy. So it helps to know a thing or two about buying, wearing, and caring for the one you choose.

First Impressions Count: The Business Value Of Dressing For SuccessI

by David K. Williams via Forbes

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Image courtesy of iStock

Think about how you feel when you prepare for work in the morning. Would you mind if your partner or boss were to stop over without warning for coffee? Hopefully your answer is yes. This same lesson should also apply to your career. If you assume that showering and putting on last week’s crumpled up oxford is the maximum effort you need to exert, you are wrong.

Meet the Gentlemen of Project Stand!

Check it out!! This is a video recap of the AWESOME Suiting we had with Project Stand at GW Carver College and Career Academy. It was our PLEASURE to work with each of these men and their mentors to help equip and empower them as they work to improve their lives.

Well done, Gentlemen of Project Stand! And thank you Memphis Marcus, for this awesome video!!

17 Ways to Calm Your Nerves Before a Job Interview

by JAYNINE HOWARD via Recruiter Today

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Everyone gets nervous before and during job interviews — whether they admit it or not. (Those who say they do not get nervous are the same people who come off as arrogant and overconfident during interviews. Watch out for them!) Interviewers know that you will be nervous. They expect it. Still, being too nervous is not good. If you are stammering, shaking, and sweating during an interview, the interviewers will likely conclude you do not work well under pressure and are not a fit for the job.

How to dress your best in any work environment, from a casual office to the boardroom

by Richard Feloni, Samantha Lee and Áine Cain via Business Insider

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 There was once a time when every professional, no matter his or her industry, put on a suit each morning. But today, there are so many interpretations of formal and business casual that it can be easy to look sloppy or over-dressed if you're not aware of the environment.

Dressing for Interviews

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Before you say a single word to the interviewer, you have already made an impression based on how you’re dressed. The guidelines given here are commonly accepted as appropriate for interviewing. Every company has a different dress code; how you dress at the job may have very little to do with how you dress for an interview.

Suiting Event: University of Memphis student athletes PAWS program

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Last week Memphis Suit Project had the distinct pleasure to suit the student athletes of University of Memphis PAWS program! Huge thanks to Strategic Financial Partners for making this event possible and helping these students enter the workforce with confidence and credibility! 

MSP Featured in Commerical Appeal's "Giving Back" Column

Each Sunday, cityCURRENT president, Jeremy C. Park, spotlights organizations and individuals who are making a difference in the Mid-South and easy ways to get involved and help their efforts in his week "Giving Back" column in The Commercial Appeal (Metro section). We are so thankful that Jeremy chose to feature Memphis Suit Project in last week's issue. 

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Memphis Suit Project is Helping Men Get Job-Ready

 Coach Kyle Bennison of Memphis Athletic Ministries assist a recipient with his tie.

Coach Kyle Bennison of Memphis Athletic Ministries assist a recipient with his tie.

First impressions matter, especially when attempting to get a job. Looking sharp on an interview often plays an important role in whether someone ultimately is offered a job. Memphis Suit Project helps men clear that hurdle.

Memphis Suit Project works with men as early as seniors in high school, with a high percentage age 16 to 24 and either not in school or unemployed. The organization provides a suit, shirt, tie, belt, socks and shoes to about 20 men per month.

Memphis Suit Project started out in 2013 using a donated suit model. A partnership with New York Suit Exchange then gave the organization a special deal on suits, shirts, ties, belts, socks and shoes. So now men look sharp from head to toe in their new, stylish items that have them ready for a job interview.

“We know that when you look good and feel good about yourself you carry yourself differently,” said Meghan Heimke, executive director of Memphis Suit Project. “We’re all about helping to remove that barrier so they have confidence.”

Memphis Suit Project partners with a variety of local organizations to connect....

Tie One On

"...While casual dress might work in Silicon Valley, studies show that people are more trusting and have more positive opinions of people in professional dress, so it really could harm your image if your workers are dressed for the beach rather than the conference room. Additionally, other research shows that the way we dress actually impacts our performance, so casually dressed employees might not perform to the same heights as those in professional attire.

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by Jon W. Sparks via Inside Memphis Business

A recent U.K. study found that only 1 in 10 people now wear a business suit to work. Meanwhile, 3 out of 4 workers say that they ‘dress down’ every day. And, 69 percent of the surveyed employees say that they are more concerned with dressing comfortably rather than dressing for success. Other recent studies on American sartorial choices show similar results, that we are eschewing suits and heels and instead reaching for yoga pants and comfy shoes when we dress for the office.

With a certain air of disapproval, Rob Wilson, President of Employco USA and employment trends expert says, “Casual Friday is no longer just a once-a-week affair. Now it’s more common to see men wearing button down shirts and chinos rather than business suits, and women in leggings and tunics instead of blouses and skirts.”

He blames tech moguls like Steve Jobs for the trend. “They proved that you don’t have to wear a business suit to make millions. You can wear jeans and a T-shirt and still be a CEO,” he says. “Additionally, the new remote-employee trend means that many workers are now Skyping into meetings or working half-days, so they are less likely to put on that power suit.”

It’s a troubling trend, Wilson says. “What I have seen is that many employers don’t know how to approach the issue of a dress code. They want to be politically correct and they are afraid of being accused of being sexist or inappropriate, so they say nothing. Meanwhile, workers dress more and more casually. It’s important to nip this in the bud or you are going to wind up with employees wearing flip-flops when they meet with your clients. While casual dress might work in Silicon Valley, studies show that people are more trusting and have more positive opinions of people in professional dress, so it really could harm your image if your workers are dressed for the beach rather than the conference room. Additionally, other research shows that the way we dress actually impacts our performance, so casually dressed employees might not perform to the same heights as those in professional attire.”

He says employers and HR managers need to be sure that dress codes don’t use gendered language and that the rules are equal for men and women. “It’s also important to consider political messages on T-shirts and pins. You want your office to be a place for work, not a place for political debates.”

Suiting up for your body type

by Alan Vinson via Memphis Business Journal 

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IMAGE BY GETTY IMAGES (LEONARD MC LANE)

Each man has a different body type, which means what looks good on one man won’t necessarily work well for another. Due to these differences, it’s important to dress for your own body to ensure that you’re dressed to impress. 

7 mistakes men often make when wearing a business suit

 When you dress up, you want people to pay attention — in a good way. A networking event…  more   IMAGE PROVIDED BY GETTY IMAGES (BAONA)

When you dress up, you want people to pay attention — in a good way. A networking event… more

IMAGE PROVIDED BY GETTY IMAGES (BAONA)

Men often make mistakes as they don their business suits for interviews, business meetings and networking events — especially young professionals entering the workforce. Some mistakes are downright cringeworthy, such as leaving the jacket on and buttoned when sitting, which causes the shoulders to rise to the ears. 

Suit Gifting: Introducing the Seniors of Memphis Catholic High School

This suit will not only progress me a servant leader but also as a young black male who wants to show off his potential. I personally consider my family members as part of my community and try my best to make them and everyone who looks up to me proud. As a senior in high school, it is my job to set the example to everyone younger than me and show them how they should conduct themselves. Children and many adults are visual learners, and look at appearance first, which plays into the favor of having a suit to motivate them. As previously stated, if I get a job by wearing the suit gifted to me then I am already contributing to my community by becoming a well-rounded citizen.
— Tommy Coleman, Senior

On Tuesday, August 22, Memphis Suit Project had the honor of gifting suits and business attire to the 38 seniors at Memphis Catholic High School. We dressed the men from head-to-toe in brand new suits and the women looked beautiful in their clothes from our partners at Dress For Success

Surrounded by their peers, families, teachers and mentors, the recipients shared how these suits made them feel more confident as they complete their work-study program and move into the workforce. 

"After we did this project I actually went in to put in job applications," said senior Carria Smith. "And I have an interview in two weeks!"

The seniors at Memphis Catholic are working hard to improve their lives, and now are relieved of the worry of “What to wear?”

"Each of these young people- looking professional, sharp and ready to take on the world- encourage and inspire me," said Meghan Heimke, executive director of Memphis Suit Project. "I know that their futures are full of promise. Dreams waiting to be fulfilled. We want them to go in confidence knowing that we are rooting for them every step of the way."

Watch out world….here they come!

How to sound like a confident professional

by Kyra Kudick via Memphis Business Journal

You might look the part, and your message might be exactly on point, but if you don’t sound like a confident professional, your message will be misunderstood or ignored.

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Before you speak to a group, think about how you sound to others. 

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So, the next time you are preparing for a presentation, or maybe just headed out of town on vacation and setting up your out-of-office message, take the time to listen to a recording of your own voice and consider it from the perspective of how others hear you.

10 Rules to Look Good in a Suit

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Photo by ThinkStock

Men's fashion experts help you look even better by showing you how to put it all together.

1. Dry-Clean Your Suit Within 48 Hours of the Big Spill
"That's true of any garment, " says Steve Boorstein, author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping and Caring for Clothing. "Otherwise, stains can set. " You need to dry-clean your suit only two or three times a year, which also means it will last longer. "Inspect it for stains, " says Boorstein. "If you've got a stain on your lap or wrinkles in the crotch, have your pants cleaned. The jacket can wait. "

2. Button the Jacket Up Tight
It'll keep the jacket secure, straight, and unwrinkled on the hanger. "The only other time to button them all, " says Men's Health fashion director Brian Boye, "is when you're wearing a one-button suit. " If your jacket has more than one button, always leave the bottom one undone. What you do with the rest is entirely your call.

3. Head for the Shoe-Shine Guy After the First Drop of Rain
It's the opposite of your car-wash mentality: When the rain comes, the polish will fight off the moisture, protect your shoes, and make you look better than the other amphibians out there. If there's not a cloud in sight, have a shine whenever you arrive early for an out-of-office business meeting. "It's an ego balm and time killer wrapped into one, " says Gordon Thompson, executive vice president and creative director of Cole Haan. "And it takes only 15 minutes. " If you have shoes made of exotic materials, like crocodile, be sure to work moisture into the skin at least once a month.

WIN & Manhood University Recipients Dressed to Impress at the MBK Job Fair

Don't they look incredible?!? We are so grateful to Mike Conley Jr.Grizz CommunityWorkforce Investment Network and Mayor Jim Strickland for helping 135 young men in Memphis look and feel their best at the My Brother's Keeper Alliance Job Fair on June 22. 

We were proud to #SuitUp Michael for the My Brother's Keeper Alliance Job Fair on Thursday. We are even more proud of the J-O-B he got! 

Special thanks to The New York Suit Exchange.Com for making sure these guys were dressed to impress!