Created by the Seminole Nation
“Dedicated to your career goals and
Dress for Success
Wrap-up and closing
Why is it important?
First impressions are important, especially when
it comes to job hunting.
If you don’t take your appearance seriously, you
give the impression that you will not take your
Wear properly fitting clothing
If you are uncertain, lean towards formal
Tattoos should be concealed
No wrinkles in clothing
pants should hit the Stick to subdued hair,
shoe (not the floor) makeup and nails
Socks should be calf Avoid knee high boots
length and neutral and stilettos which
colors make dramatic
Long hair should be statements
pulled back and Ideal if shoes, belt,
neatly fastened and handbag match
3 Types of Styles:
Interview Attire: most traditional and
ProfessionalAttire: wear to an established
job that allows more freedom in attire
Business Casual: most relaxed style
The focus is to look clean cut and professional
by sticking to a classic look. Wear Interview
Attire to any meeting or event where first
impressions are extremely important.
Black, navy, and dark grey suits with little or no pattern
Long sleeved white colored shirts (or subdued colors may
be appropriate, but white is preferred)
Simple ties with minimal patterns and tame colors
This look makes the right first
Wear this style to an established job and when
job atmosphere allows for more freedom in
attire. Professional Attire may be appropriate
for job fairs, meetings, events, and
presentations that are less formal.
More expressive and allows more patterns and styles
Blazers and pants that coordinate but not necessarily
Generally long sleeves but some short sleeves may be
Notice there is more freedom with color!
Wear when company code allows it or when it
is clear that members of the organization are
wearing a business casual style. This style is
less formal, but be sure to maintain proper
fit and have no wrinkles.
Polo shirts, khakis, and sweaters are appropriate
Short sleeves are more common and appropriate
Colors, patterns, and materials have the most freedom
Most relaxed. Khakis and polo shirts are
Looking professional can cost a lot, but here
are a few ways to save:
Church clothes closets
Tribal clothes closets
Goodwill, Plato’s Closet, and consignment stores
Borrow from friends and family
Why is it important?
Because the application is your first chance to
present your skills to the employer.
Read the entire application form before you
start filling it out. Read the instructions
carefully and follow them exactly.
Remember that employers often judge the
appearance of an application as a clue to the
quality of your work.
Be honest in your answers.
Have all the information on hand that you might need to fill out an
application, such as a personal data sheet and resume… we’ll get to
Fill out the form neatly and accurately.
Apply for a specific position, rather than entering "anything" or "open" for
the desired position.
Leave no blanks.
Write "Does Not Apply" (or "N/A" for Not Applicable) in the space if the
question does not apply to you.
Explain lengthy gaps in your work history, for example, "attending
Read and check the application for completeness before turning it in to
Tips for applying in person:
Greet the receptionist politely when requesting or submitting an
application. The receptionist's first impressions are often passed
Use blue or black ink pens.
Bring your own pen (or complete app. ahead of time)
Print clearly and legibly.
Be sure to sign and date the application.
Mail or turn the application into the correct person or place.
However, today most companies are asking
applicants to apply online.
Tips for applying online:
Have your resume available in electronic form to
attach or paste into the appropriate fields.
Choose a time when you can complete the process
from beginning to end (can take up to one hour).
Be prepared for system crash- save answers as you go
ICE so you don’t have to start over.
Proofread- mistakes and typos are not any more
acceptable online than they are on paper.
(1) Personal Data Sheets:
PDS are useful tools that help you fill out an application. You
do NOT turn this in to the employer. Keep your fact sheet
up to date for future job searches. Items on PDS include:
Employment history including company names, addresses,
telephone numbers, and dates of employment
Volunteer work history with community organizations
including organization names, addresses, telephone
numbers, and dates of service
Personal references including names, addresses, and
telephone numbers (see example PDS)
What is a resume?
A brief written account of background, work experience, and
professional qualifications (that use SPECIFIC examples).
The objective of your resume is to get you an interview,
and the interview will get you the job (hopefully)!
Typically submitted to employer with the application.
Historically, resumes were printed professionally on nice
stock paper. However, today most employers are wanting
electronic versions (like Microsoft Word and PDF).
Dos and Don'ts
No errors! Use spell-check, proofread, AND
have others look over it.
Useperfect punctuation, grammar, and
spelling to demonstrate you are able to
Beconcise. Employers typically scan resumes
quickly. Save the detail for your interview.
Items to include:
Work (or Professional) experience
-see blank resume template
An important thing to remember when you are
first assembling your resume is to be specific
when it comes to your experience and
Food server (becomes)
Provided friendly and efficient customer service by
accurately taking food orders and delivering in timely
Grant writer (becomes)
Procured over $22,000.00 in federal and state funds by
writing 3 grants in a 15 month period.
In a sea of resumes, how do you make your stand
1) Tailor the resume to the position- You would be surprised how
many people send out a “one size fits all” resume.
2) Make it you- ask yourself, “does this document convey what I
want it to convey about me?”
3) Ask for constructive criticism- a fresh pair of eyes can do your
resume a world of good
…which brings up our next point
Prepare and Practice
Prepare: your answers to typical interview
Practice: saying your responses out loud. Using
a friend or family member can help
See Sample Interview Questions hand out
-and- contact us if you would like to set up mock interview
Be on time (and by this, we mean 5-10 min. early)
Make eye contact
Firm hand shake
Speak audibly and clearly
Practice good posture and be conscious of your body language
Know and avoid your nervous habits (EX: Do you constantly
pull at your neck collar? Do you say “like” or “umm” a lot?)
Always follow up with “thank you” note to
show your continued interest in the position.
Ifyou interviewed with more than one
person, send note to each interviewer.
Interviewerstend to prefer old fashioned,
hand written notes. So, no “thank you”