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01/04/2016

Workshop teaches to dress for success

Before attending Danville Area Community College’s Career Connections Job Fair on April 13, job seekers might want to freshen up their resume, sharpen their interviewing skills and learn how to dress for success.

Help is available during a pre-job fair workshop that will be offered 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Room 306 of Vermilion Hall at DACC. Three, hour-long breakout sessions will cover resume writing, interviewing and dressing for a professional workplace. Human resource representatives from area employers will be on hand between 12:30 and 1 p.m. Saturday to conduct a question-and-answer panel discussion.

“They will tell job seekers what they are looking for in a prospective employee,” Carla Boyd, director of DACC’s Career and Employment Services, said.

The clothing closet on DACC’s campus also will be open to everyone who attends the workshop. Participants will be allowed to select clothes to help him or her achieve a professional look for the job fair.

“It’s typical for students to use the clothing closet, but once a year we’re allowed to open it to those who show up to the workshop,” Boyd said.

A new feature being offered at the workshop this year is how to navigate the complicated application process for a federal job.

“We receive a lot of calls each year from people who want to know how to apply for a job at the VA,” she said.

The workshop is being offered nearly two weeks before the actual job fair so that participants can try out what they’ve learned.

“It gives people a week and a half to craft a resume and have someone look at it and give them any tips they might need,” she said.

Boyd offered up some of her own tips to help others prepare for the job fair or a job interview:

• Men should wear a buttoned, collared shirt and slacks. Women should wear slacks, skirt or a dress.

“Dress to make sure you’re interview-ready,” she said.

• Keep your resume to one page, if possible.

• Leave children at home. Bringing children to a job fair or job interview indicates to potential employers that you might have issues with finding child care, which could interfere with a job.

• Make sure your grooming is complete.

“Make sure your clothes fit well,” Boyd said. “Put yourself in the best professional light.

“The minute you walk into the room, you’re being interviewed,” she said. “You only get one chance to make a first impression.”

• Do research employers online ahead of time.

“You don’t have to research all of the employers at the job fair, but pick your top 10,” Boyd suggested. “It shows the employers you’re interested in them and that you know something about the company you want to work for.”Read more at:bridesmaid dresses | short formal dresses

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