Archive for May, 2011

Dressing for the Job Interview

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

You only get one chance at making a great first impression. It’s so important to dress professionally for an interview as the first impression will be based on how you look. Even if the work environment is casual you should always look your best.

You are selling yourself. You are the product, so create the best packaging possible. Dressing better won’t guarantee you the job but it will insure you’re in the running.

Tips for both men and women:

  • Light perfume or cologne.
  • Hands nicely manicured.
  • Neat and professional hairstyle. Up to date.
  • No visible tattoos or body piercings
  • Don’t chew gum but pop in a breath mint before you go in.
  • Clothes should be neatly pressed or fresh from the cleaners.
  • Be sure your cell phone is shut off.

For Men:

  • Well fitting suit.
  • Long sleeve white shirt or well coordinated color.
  • Belt that matches shoes.
  • Don’t clip your phone to your belt.
  • Tie that matches your suit.
  • Be sure that your shoes are polished.
  • Match your socks to your shoes not your pants.
  • Only a wedding band no other jewelry.

For Women:

  • A well fitting suit/dress or skirt and blouse.
  • Be sure that your skirt isn’t too short. Check how you look and feel when sitting down.
  • Conservative shoes. No platform or stilettos.
  • Conservative yet well coordinated jewelry.
  • Beware of dangly bracelets and being noisy or distracting.
  • If you wear pantyhose keep it neutral and as close to your natural skin tone as possible.
  • Never wear open toe or sandals with pantyhose.
  • Make-up is important but should be conservative for daytime.

Your clothes make a statement about you. What is the image you want the world to see? It is better to err on the side of too dressy than too casual.

Incredible Shrinking Clothes!

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Have you seen those skinny velvet hangers around that claim to double your closet space? Have you wondered if they really work? Well, I tried them out on a section of my own closet and I’m here to show you that they really do work! The proof is in these pictures…

Closet Before Picture
Closet Before
Closet After
Closet After

Now that you’ve been inspired, you can find these hangers on line, at your favorite box stores, or even at Costco (where they’re only $15 for a box of 50).

Start purging, re-hanging and creating that organized closet you’ve always dreamed about! Then go to my Facebook page and share your results. I’d love to see before and after photos, too. Let’s see who can come up with the most saved space!

Game on!

Wishing you a organized and productive week!



Brenda Spangrud
Professional Organizer & Organizing Product Innovator.
She is the founder of S.O.R.T.E.D. Professional Organizing Services, Vice President of the Board for the
AZ Chapter for Professional Organizers, and a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers.