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!

How to Jump-Start Your Internship Search

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The time has come to begin thinking about your summer internship. Yes, I know it’s only December, but some summer internship applications are already closed!

When I started my internship search last year, I had no idea where to begin; I had no industry experience, no connections, and no idea what to do. But I did have ambition, drive, and a good internet connection. Here are 3 ways to jump-start your internship search.

1. Reflect

The first step is to take some time and really reflect on your professional goals. Take a minute to consider the different career paths you could pursue, and where you would be happiest. For any major, there are a number of different careers to choose from, so make sure you know what you want to do.

2. Research

Once you have an idea of what kind of position you’re interested in, it’s time to research it. Learn everything you possibly can about the industry: Where are the best companies in that industry located? What is the job like? What is the industry culture like? Do they have a hiring season? These are all important questions to ask yourself. Nearly every company has a website. Use it to your advantage to learn everything about the specific companies your interested in working for. Also, check the company’s website for job openings; if there aren’t any posted don’t hesitate to contact their office to ask if they have an internship program.

Not only should you research the industry and the companies, you can also research the job market. Sites like InternMatch (that’s how I found my internship), Intern Sushi, and indeed are great internship search engines.

3. Reach Out

After you’ve found some perspective internships to apply for, reach out to people that work there. If you don’t already have connections to the industry LinkedIn is a great tool for finding people that work for a specific company. As awkward as it may seem to reach out to a complete stranger, it’s totally worth it. But don’t reach out asking for a job or an interview, when you connect with someone make the conversation about them. Fore example: ask them what they do on a daily basis, what they like about the job, or how they got to where they are.

 

 

Photo Credit: Kate Hiscock