Image: Your Career Is On The Line

We all know that a person’s appearance is important for a job interview in any career.  But really, how important is it?  In my opinion, image is EVERYTHING.  Honestly, who doesn’t make judgements and assumptions based on the effort a person puts into their day-to-day style and dress?  Looking haggard and wornout makes you look weak rather than the powerful, professional character you really are.  A good first impression is imperative.

So how should you dress?  The simplest answer is: everyday, you should leave your home looking impeccable, head to toe.  With proper, professional, yet stylish, attire and immaculate grooming, you will always be ahead and on top.

Now for the clothes… A skirt suit is a must for every woman’s closet.  For a first interview, a skirt suit is the safest choice.  Keep the accesories simple and the perfume at a minimum.  An interview is not the time to try the latest Britney Spears fragrance you bought the other day at CVS.  Go for simple studs for earrings and an elegant watch on your wrist.  For shoes, always go for something sleek, comfortable, and professional.  No, this is not the time for those coughjackrogerscough grlackk… But say yes to a simple pair of black pumps or cute flats.  Skirts should hit at or below the knee and tights should be worn in most circumstances.  Here are some not-so-drab looks to empower and impress!

http://www.jcrew.com/AST/Browse/WomenBrowse/Women_Shop_By_Category/suiting/super120s/PRDOVR~86013/86013.jsp

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Banana Republic

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Bye bye baggy eyes

As a college student I don’t get very much sleep, and dealing with those little bags that give away the sleepless nights can be irritating. There are a lot of tricks out there, but not all of them may work for you. Here are some handy secrets I have discovered over the years to rid my eyes of nasty little dark circles and bags:

  • Sleep on your back on a slightly elevated pillow so fluids can flow more easily
  • When you wake up in the morning put an ice pack over your eyes for about 15-20 minutes
  • Use Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew anti-puff eye roller after you wash your face at night and when you wake up in the morning.
  • When you put on your makeup, put a little gold eyeshadow in the  corners of your eyes, it makes the bags less noticeable
  • Line your inner lids with brown eyeliner, it makes your eyes look wider