We are so proud of the students from STS Enterprise Corporation! They work hard, look great, and are well on their way to SUCCESS. It was our pleasure to help them feel confident and credible as they pursue their goals!
by Alison Doyle via The Balance Careers
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.
by The GQ Editors via GQ
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.
by David K. Williams via Forbes
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.
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!!
by JAYNINE HOWARD via Recruiter Today
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.
by Richard Feloni, Samantha Lee and Áine Cain via Business Insider
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.
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.
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!
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.
Memphis Suit Project is Helping Men Get Job-Ready
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....
"...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.”
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.”
When faced with your garden variety streak of chalky, white deodorant on a shirt, here are a whole bunch of different ways to remove them.
by Alan Vinson via Memphis Business Journal
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.
Alan Vinson via Memphis Business Journal
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.
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!
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.