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Interview attire is very important for the success of your interview. Every job may have a different dress code but it is up to you on how you dress during the interview. Your job says a tremendous amount of information about you. Even though attire is important, communication skills are most important. Your attire should be professional and should not be flashy and distracting. Always dress nicer than  you are expected to dress; this looks very good to your  future employer. Do not consider your interview a social gathering; the interview can uphold your future dwellings.  I found this list of guidelines for men and women for a job interview. This list is really helpful in deciding what to wear during an interview.

Suit:
A two piece matched suit is always the best and safest choice.

Conservative colors / fabric:
Navy, dark gray (and black for women) — are safe.
Other color trends may come and go; avoid the extremes.
Solids or very subtle weave patterns or plaids (the kind that look solid across a room) are safest.
Wool, wool blends, or good quality micro fiber for women only, are generally the best fabrics in all seasons. Avoid acetate / rayon blends.
Details:
Everything should be clean and well pressed.
Carefully inspect clothes for tags, dangling threads, etc.

The information listed above and the guidelines can be credited to : http://www.career.vt.edu/jobsearc/interview/appearnc.html

Other things that people should consider when going on an interview is that you should be well-groomed, perfume and cologne should be used sparingly if any, clean fingernails and make sure that hair is well-groomed. These are some of the things that I found that I really thought was very important in an interview.

The key thing to remember during an interview is that “first impressions are lasting .” When I’m preparing for an interview, I always make sure that my clothes are prepared the day before so that if i need to make any changes ;I will be able to do so. There may be times that you will have to buy things for the interview and if you wait until the last-minute then you will not be able to do so.  Also, one key thing to remember is to cover all visible tattoos!. Everyone is not fond of tattoos and this may cause you not to get the job you are applying for.

It is better to overdress than to undress for an interview. If you have any questions or concerns about what to wear , ask the person who scheduled your interview. The person probably will not have a problem with answering your questions. Afterall , it’s better to know what to wear than to get to the interview and be underdressed. This may jeopardize your future career. I know many people think that your dress should not matter , if you are well qualified for the job. It does matter people!..

This information can be credited to : http://jobsearch.about.com/od/interviewsnetworking/a/dressforsuccess.htm

I also found two really significant videos that tells people exactly what to wear to an interview. Here are the link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zS2ik_UOzhE, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alavHk9XlYk


Social networking is a huge thing in today’s world; most of people will have some type of connection to a social network. In a time where the economy is not good, we will need anything that will make us more marketable to employers. Social media can be one of those things that can make people become more marketable in a job search. I have researched and found out that social networking can be very important and useful during the job search. There are also times where social media will have pitfalls. This blog will define the benefits and pitfalls of social media in the job search.

The benefits of social media can include many things that many are not aware of. I have found a list of benefits that I want  to share.  The list includes : Hidden candidates, higher offer acceptance rates, employer brand, college impact,communications responsiveness, message impact, job visibility, candidate diversity,global candidates, cross fertilization. From this information, people can conclude that social media is a very good thing to participate in. Social media can be useful in so many ways. I have just become aware of social media networking during the last two years of my college tenure. Since I am graduating in May ; I have learned that social media helps me in many ways with future employers. Twitter is one of the social networks that I use many times to reach future employers. I am able to see their status updates on what is going on with their companies; as well as reply to their statuses as well. Social media is one of the most important things in the job search in my eyes.

There are pitfalls of using social media during the job search as well.  These social networks and hurt you in your job search. Employers use the social networks to learn about future employees ; as future employees use social networks to learn about future employers. People should e really careful of what they post on these sites since this information is available for mostly all to see. You never know who is visiting or reading your information. There are some guidelines that people search for yourself online: enter your name in google to see what pops up with your name attached. This may help you keep a future job  with an employer. Many people think that just because your profile is private that people cant see your pictures, posts, and other things ; but in actuality there are way that they can see these things. Future employers look at these things to decide who they will pick for the job. Make sure that your profiles are employer readable so that you wont miss out on that future job. Be careful because social media can be your friend and also your enemy if you are not careful.

The pitfalls of social media during the job search can be credited to : http://www.thecvstore.net/blog/dangers-of-social-networking/

This list can be credited to : http://www.ere.net/2009/11/02/the-many-benefits-of-social-network-recruiting-making-a-compelling-business-case/. These benefits are also explaining in their entirety on this page as well.

Check this video out of social media facts; this video is very informational. Enjoy!. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGi2_kgYXWA

      

Pictures taken from: http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=Twitter&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi , http://images.google.com/images?um=1&hl=en&tbs=isch%3A1&sa=1&q=linkedin&aq=f&aqi=g10&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=&start=0, http://images.google.com/images?um=1&hl=en&tbs=isch%3A1&sa=1&q=facebook+logo&btnG=Search&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=&start=0, http://images.google.com/images?um=1&hl=en&tbs=isch%3A1&sa=1&q=social+media+icons&aq=0&aqi=g10&aql=&oq=social+media&gs_rfai=&start=0

As a class we were asked to take a plagiarism test on Indiana University’s website. This test took me two times to get the perfect score to get the required certificate. I always thought that I knew a great deal about plagiarism but after taking this test I found out that I wasn’t as knowledgeable as I thought.

The test asked me a series of ten questions and did not display which questions I got correct neither incorrect. The test is a really important test because students have a series of papers they have to write as a college student. Students have to make sure that they are not participating in plagiarism acts. If a student is caught doing these things, they can be thrown out of school, for a semester or get referred to judicial affairs. This is not worth it; just make sure you cite correctly. I think that every student should take this test; it will help you in the long run. I will definitely make sure I am careful of my writing and make sure  that every single thing is documented (cited)..

Check out this test at : https://www.indiana.edu/~istd/plagiarism_test.html .. In order to get the certificate of completion, you have to get a 100% on the test. Dont feel bad if you don’t score 100% on the first try; try again until you get it!

Check out these videos to help you , if you are still confused about plagiarism : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4P05vgxDoPU, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96QEIDznXI4, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSQH9OTOLBs



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