The look: Initial job interview

Have you ever looked this professional? "No!" says Caitlin Schmid, 21<br>
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&#8226;You can't go wrong with traditional business attire: a suit (for men and women).<br>
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&#8226;Invest the time to try on many, many options at the store. (She tried on nine.)<br>
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&#8226;Cover up; no cleavage or bare arms<br>
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&#8226;Department store personal shoppers can help, and they're usually free; call for an appointment.<br>
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&#8226;Makeup (with a light touch) shows you care about your appearance.<br>
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&#8226;Jewelry is good &#8212; but not flashy or jangly.<br>
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&#8226;Don't show your toes: No sandals; choose closed-toe basic pumps.<br>
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&#8226;Invest in alterations, especially for pants and sleeve length.<br>
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&#8226;Clean, manicured hands with no or classic (not bright) polish.<br>
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&#8226;Add a business case or no-logo tote to complete the look, hold your resume.<br>
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<b>Her new outfit: </b>Jacket, $128 reduced to $24.99; pants, $79.90; top, $39.90, all the Limited, <b>thelimited.com</b>; necklace and earrings, $25.65, Charter Club, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSTB000074" title="Macy's" href="/topic/services-shopping/macys-ORSTB000074.topic">Macy's</a>, <a href="http://macys.com">macys.com</a>. Her own shoes. Total: $170.44

( William DeShazer, Chicago Tribune / February 2, 2012 )

Have you ever looked this professional? "No!" says Caitlin Schmid, 21

•You can't go wrong with traditional business attire: a suit (for men and women).

•Invest the time to try on many, many options at the store. (She tried on nine.)

•Cover up; no cleavage or bare arms

•Department store personal shoppers can help, and they're usually free; call for an appointment.

•Makeup (with a light touch) shows you care about your appearance.

•Jewelry is good — but not flashy or jangly.

•Don't show your toes: No sandals; choose closed-toe basic pumps.

•Invest in alterations, especially for pants and sleeve length.

•Clean, manicured hands with no or classic (not bright) polish.

•Add a business case or no-logo tote to complete the look, hold your resume.

Her new outfit: Jacket, $128 reduced to $24.99; pants, $79.90; top, $39.90, all the Limited, thelimited.com; necklace and earrings, $25.65, Charter Club, Macy's, macys.com. Her own shoes. Total: $170.44

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