With the economy forcing many out of their jobs, finding a new one can be daunting. The competition out there is stiff, so putting your best foot forward, can give you a leg up. It's been said, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have”. So when you don't have one, all the more reason why what you wear is so important. “If someone comes in with an outfit that's not well put together they're eliminated right away, they're not even under consideration,” said Target Solutions Recruiting president, Tom Ryder. With the harsh reality that 7.5 percent of Americans are out of work, job interviews are the gateway to a paycheck. Those first impressions, well, they are lasting ones. “If they're not conscientious enough about looking good for the interview, they’re not going to be conscientious about doing their job. And to be honest, I’m not going to hire them,” added Ryder. In an interview, if what crosses your lips is just as important as what is on your hips, what do you wear? Style consultant, Lucia Silver took WWAY shopping. She said, nothing says professional like clean and classic and tailored. “Just remember, you're dressing for success and its an interview, not a party or anything else,” Silver said. A dark suit, for both men and women is a must. Ladies, keep the jewelry to a minimum and men, please no cartoon character ties. “Leave the Sponge Bob at home and show that you are very seriously about the position you are applying for,” added Silver. End of season sales can help you save, and secondhand stores can offer good values. Remember, you don't have to spend a million dollars to look like it. Another tip to saving money and still looking sharp for that interview; updating and tailoring an old suit that may be in your closet can be cheaper than buying a new one.
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