Fashion Friday: Professor Dougan

“I coach students how to present. Just like in theater, the costume conveys who you are. The same goes for the business world, the people are your audience. Within a few seconds these people see you and your future. You have to be aware of the person on the other side of the conversation. Try to match and/or accelerate their level of formality. Students should always be aware.”

Dougan at the 9th Annual Warhawk Business Plan Competition on April 6th, 2016.

Presented by Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO)

Fashion Friday: Ryan Barnard

 Fashion Friday is Career & Leadership Development’s newest blog series! Dressing for success leads to success, so we’re showcasing fashionable Warhawks across campus. Interested in being featured? Catch us around campus or contact us at mediacld@uww.edu!

Ryan Barnard, Senior, Finance

“You need to dress well to look professional. If you want to be a professional, it is important that you dress like one.”

Barnard before his job interview with Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial at the Richard L. Bailey Interview center.

Fashion Friday: Abdallah Jiffry

Abdallah Jiffry, Junior, Marketing Major

“It’s important to dress in full suit as apposed to business casual. It gives potential employers and other professionals a good impression. By dressing well you’re showing employers or speakers your time and respect. If you took the time  to look presentable for those in your presence, they’ll recognize that.”

Jiffry when attending AMA’s Business to Business Marketing certificate event on 2/23.

Dress for Success…Without Breaking Your Fragile Bank Account

We’ve all been there. We were even warned that it would happen; that we would eventually face the sad reality that we’re actually living and breathing the stereotype of a broke college student. You’ve probably found yourself heating up your Ramen Noodles in the microwave, while looking for spare change in your couch cushions, just so you can have somewhat of a social life and see the $1 movie playing in the UC.

When it comes down to it, being broke can become a pretty stressful problem you have to deal with.

This stress becomes amplified when you finally get that interview, or attend a job fair, and you realize you’ve yet to begin building your professional wardrobe. How does one make money when one cannot get the job because one does not have the appropriate wardrobe in order to land that job?!


It’s a cycle that adds on to the stress and often discourages students from trying to get the job they really want. That’s why we’re here to tell you to stress no more! Here are some alternatives we’ve found for when it comes to getting that budget-friendly professional wardrobe.

Maybe you have some old dress clothes from your parents, or found a suit at the thrift store. I know it’s not the most ideal option, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. Take what you already have and try to modify it so it looks like it was made to fit you. There are some great inexpensive tailors that can get the job done and get you ready for that interview!

Although we would all love to sport the latest Calvin Klein business wear, we know that our bank accounts would probably not cooperate with a purchase that hefty. Try to focus on the basic elements you need (not want). You probably don’t need 10 different dress shirts and 3 pairs of shoes when you’re just starting out. Start with the absolute basics and build up from there once you’ve finally secured a job. Many stores like H&M, J.C. Penny, Kohls and Sears, just to name a few, offer a good variety of professional attire for a reasonable price. Get your basics and only buy what you absolutely need!

One benefit that actually comes from being labeled a broke college student, is that handy student ID card. What most people don’t know is that your ID card can get you lots of discounts! Stores like Charlotte Russe, J. Crew, Banana Republic, and ASOS all offer students discounts, so take advantage of them! (Here’s a list of more discounts that your student card can get you! http://bit.ly/1gsRZct)

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Another option is to go through your closet and get rid of things you no longer wear or need. You can try to sell these items at stores or online and use that money towards your new professional closet! Ebay offers used clothing at reasonable prices and you can sell your old stuff at the same time! You can also search for your area to see if your community offers any local clothing swaps!  Freecycle.org, is a site that aims to encourage people to reuse and recycle their old clothes. You can find your nearest group on their website and start saving your money!

Universities all over also usually offer some resources when it comes to getting your wardrobe ready for professional events or interviews. UW-Whitewater has the “Warhawk Success Closet” that gives all students the chance to get free professional business attire that has been donated to the university. The Warhawk Success Closet will be held on September 24th and 25th from 11am-5pm in the University Center (9/24 UC69 and 9/25 UC264).

Now there’s really no excuse for wearing jeans and sandals to the next career fair. Keep these simple tips in mind and you’ll be dressed for success without enduring the guilt of breaking your bank!

Beat the Heat: A Brief Guide to Dressing Sharp and Staying Cool

Written by Jonathan Fera

It’s that time of year again: summer.

Summer: the season of sweating profusely and not being able to wear long sleeves or pants for three months.

The majority of the country, especially Wisconsinites, looks forward to the season without snow (as they should).

However, not everyone in the state goes on summer vacation and sports a swim suit from May to August. Some still have to work their nine-to-five, and for most UW-Whitewater graduates or current students, in business attire.

Dressing professionally in the summer months can prove to be difficult for individuals required to work in suits, long sleeves and pants, which are typically created with thick fabrics.

For example, this guy.

Finding ways to survive the summer heat while still looking business professional is crucial to remaining comfortable during the work day. To help with this mission, we’ve compiled a few tips on dressing for hot weather.

First off, shaping your summer wardrobe around lighter neutral colors, like white, tan, taupe or pale gray, will help you look professional while cooling off at the same time. This can be applicable for any individual looking to fight off the heat during business hours.

For individuals identifying as female, wearing a sleeveless blouse when strict suit attire is not required is another great way for avoiding the heat during the work day.
Or, you can combine both of these tips!

Hair is another possible issue in the summer months for women, with humidity, salt water and intense sun causing more harm than fun.

However, using shampoo and conditioner that prevents color fading from the sun can help keep your hairdo from losing its style! In addition, keeping your hair cut flattering to your hair texture is critical to looking fresh.

This is important for people identifying as male too! Not looking shaggy, carrying around a handkerchief to wipe away excessive sweat and rocking a stylish hat can go a long away for men staying cool in the heat.

For men specifically who work in a professional environment, rocking wool “tropical” suits or khaki cotton suits are the best way to go.

It’s important to be comfortable in your workplace and dressing for the summer months allows you to accomplish that.

Next time you’re breaking into a sweat walking from your car to the building, remember these tips to still looking professional in the summer months!

Multicultural Career Fair Recap

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These are all things necessary when attending a career fair. When I decided to attend the Multicultural Career Fair here at UW-Whitewater, I had to prepare.

Luckily, this was not my first career fair, so I already knew what to expect and what to do differently than the time before.

I started the morning ensuring that I was going to be comfortable throughout the day. Having a filling breakfast, the “recommended” amount of caffeine, and enough time to get ready in the morning, set the foundation for a positive and productive experience.

I chose to wear a white dress shirt so I did not become too warm during the career fair. No company wants to hire someone drenched in sweat from walking around a room, am I right?

I researched the companies and organizations I wanted to speak to the day before the career fair, making sure I was prepared to hold a conversation with and impress the recruitment representatives.

When I arrived at the Multicultural Career Fair, the first company I wanted to talk to was MilwaukeeJobs.com. The company has an opening for a Community Partners Manager, so I immediately took an interest in speaking to them.

Background: I was a Marketing Intern for this company during the summer after my sophomore year and enjoyed my experience a lot during that time. While this is a very rare case of already having an extensive base of knowledge on the company and position, it made speaking to the company recruiter more meaningful.

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After speaking to MilwaukeeJobs.com, my confidence rose and I was ready to move on the next employer.

I have an interest in state government, so I had to make a stop at each of the state departments and drop off a resume. Every conversation with these representatives was pleasant and went according to plan, besides one.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) can only take job applications online and cannot take resumes at career fairs, in order to offer fair opportunities to all job seekers.

I was not aware of this fact and after our conversation ended, I asked if I could leave a resume and was in the motion of pulling one out of my padfolio. The representative, with a completely straight face, replies “No, sorry.”

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I was very thrown off and it made the rest of the encounter a little awkward. They explained why they couldn’t take a resume and I completely understood.

It’s very important to research the hiring procedures of organizations like the DNR. If I had done that, I could have avoided an uncomfortable situation and left a more positive impression.

Overall, my experience from the Multicultural Career Fair was extremely positive. There’s nothing else like being surrounded by other students looking for employment in their field and professionals eager to offer amazing opportunities for career development.

Whether you’re looking for full-time employment or an internship, I would encourage all job seekers to attend career fairs in the future. If prepared properly, it’s the most effective avenue to take when locking down that next employment opportunity.

If you attended the Multicultural Career Fair, please share your experiences with us! Comment on this post or share your experiences using #WarhawksWork on either Facebook or Twitter!