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.

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!

Colliding Worlds: Student & Professional

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You’ve been a student your entire life! The daily ritual of getting up, going to class, and doing homework has become nothing short of a habit for you. But unlike Peter Pan, you have to grow up and become a professional with a career. Here are three easy ways to act like a professional while you’re still technically a student.

1. Polish your image

You’ve slowly created a public image of yourself over the years. Whether it’s your voice mail, e-mail address, or social media presence, they all speak about who you are. For this reason, it’s important as a professional to polish your professional image. Change your voice mail to a simple one that a recruiter will understand and respect. Make sure you create an e-mail address that is professionally appropriate, no more “h0tbAbe545@aol.com.” Instead, opt for an e-mail address that includes some variation of your first and last name. Lastly, make sure your profile pictures across all media are appropriate. While you can make these accounts private, people can usually still see your profile picture.

2. Invest in business cards

Business cards are a great way to make sure your new connections have a way to contact you. I know it sounds a little weird to have business cards as a student, but they are the easiest way a person can retain your contact information. You can buy relatively inexpensive business cards, some sights, like vista print, even offer free business card options. As a student, consider putting your school name, major, and expected graduation date on your new cards. Be sure to include your full name, e-mail, and phone number. Bonus: if you have a LinkedIn Account, then include your URL.

3. Become an industry expert

Whether you’re a media major or a finance major, you need to know the industry. Make sure you’re up to date on trends and hot topics within your industry. Nothing is more worse than not being able to answer an industry related question in an interview. Here are some relevant trade publications for advertising, book publishing, business, finance, media, nonprofit, science/health, technology!

 

*Some of these tips are from Lindsey Pollak’s book Getting from College to Career. It’s a great read, and I highly recommend it!*