FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2009
Contact: Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
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BERKELEY COLLEGE AND FASHION DELIVERS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION INC.
PRESENT SUIT YOURSELF WORKSHOP FOR STUDENTS PREPARING FOR INTERVIEWS
Students at Berkeley College learned from young professionals about what not to wear and how to dress for interviews when the Berkeley College Career Services Department and Fashion Delivers Charitable Foundation, Inc., organized a recent workshop for approximately 50 students enrolled in the Career Management Seminar.
Fashion Delivers Associate Board Member Marissa Feinberg introduced guest speakers, Casey Marks of Elle Magazine and Rebecca Welsher, formerly of the Human Resources Department at Bear Stearns.
Ms. Marks discussed Runway Spring Trends and Easy Ways to Transition from Day to Night. She cited the Southwest Look, Garden Party, and Blue as current trends.
Suggestions for transitioning from day to night for women included keeping strappy sandals at work, packing a clutch bag for evening, and substituting a blouse or top with sequins or accessories. You can also enhance your look by using eyeliner and lipstick, and styling your hair. Ms. Marks noted a few of her favorite shops where she finds fashions and accessories inexpensively.
Ms. Welsher, a former recruiter with experience interviewing college students and graduates, emphasized putting as much effort into your appearance as you can. “You have put in time and effort to get yourself to the interview, so make the most of this opportunity,” she said. Ms. Welsher recommends dressing so that you are comfortable with how you present yourself, and when in doubt, “Go conservative.”
“What you wear after you get the job may be different,” she said, “But for the interview, less is more. Keep your hair neat, not crazy. Your look says to the interviewer, ‘This is serious. I’m a professional.’”
“Stay light on the perfume or cologne, and of course, do not wear anything that is wrinkled or dirty! Ladies wear heels; you can always bring them and change in front of the building. Don’t wear bright colors or heavy textured material like mohair, and there’s no need to be glitzy or show off jewelry. It’s more about wearing your attire well because you are presenting yourself,” said Ms. Welsher.
Following the workshop, students in the Career Management Seminar received interview-appropriate tailored suits and other career-wear by Marcraft Clothes, Inc., Peacock Apparel, Jones Apparel, Kasper, Polo Ralph Lauren, Ann Klein, and Tasso Elba, acquired through the efforts of Fashion Delivers.
About Fashion Delivers
Established in 2005, Fashion Delivers mobilizes the adult apparel and home fashion industries to donate new product to individuals and families in need and victims of natural disasters throughout the year in a timely and efficient manner, matching need with availability of products. For more information, visit www.fashiondelivers.org.
About Berkeley College
A leader in business education for 78 years, Berkeley College currently maintains an enrollment of over 7,200 students, with more than 700 international students in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree programs. The College has two New York campuses in Midtown Manhattan and White Plains, an Extension Center in Lower Manhattan in the Wall Street area, and four New Jersey campuses located in Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson), Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark. In addition, the College offers Berkeley College Online and its Corporate Learning Partnership program. All campuses are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College’s website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
Photo Caption: Fashion Delivers Associate Board Member Nick Wiznowsky addresses Berkeley College students about how to dress for interviews at the recently held Career Management Workshop, “Suit Yourself,” at the NYC Midtown Campus.
Photo Caption: Berkeley College students pose questions to guest speakers (left to right) Casey Marks of Elle magazine; Rebecca Welsher, formerly of Bear Stearns; and Marissa Feinberg, Fashion Delivers Associate Board Member, at the “Suit Yourself” Career Management Workshop held at the NYC Midtown Campus.
Photo Caption: Berkeley College student Monica Dorcinville (left) of the Bronx and Career Services Counselor Sarah Allende discuss appropriate attire for an upcoming interview at the NYC Midtown Campus “Suit Yourself” Workshop for students enrolled in the Career Management Seminar.
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