The look: Got the internship

"My friends walked right past me," said Juan "Gabe" Perez. "They didn't know it was me."<br>
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&#8226;Shave! Or if you have a beard, trim it neatly.<br>
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&#8226;Look well-groomed; get a haircut.<br>
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Unless it's a highly creative job, flip-flops, jeans and gym shoes are out.<br>
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&#8226;Tuck in your shirt (men and women).<br>
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&#8226;Details count. Polished shoes, pressed shirt and pants; a belt.<br>
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&#8226;Suit and tie for the interview but then dress like your co-workers.<br>
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&#8226;If pants touch the ground, get them hemmed (most dry cleaners can help).<br>
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&#8226;Shirts look best when professionally laundered.<br>
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&#8226;Tattoos should be covered; remove facial piercings.<br>
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&#8226;When shopping, always ask if there's a discount with your student ID.<br>
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<b>His new outfit:</b> Pants, $98.50; shirt, $79.50; reversible black/brown belt, $59, all <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PRDCAS0000753" title="Banana Republic" href="/topic/services-shopping/clothing-accessories-shoes/banana-republic-PRDCAS0000753.topic">Banana Republic</a>. His own shoes. Total: $237

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

"My friends walked right past me," said Juan "Gabe" Perez. "They didn't know it was me."

•Shave! Or if you have a beard, trim it neatly.

•Look well-groomed; get a haircut.

Unless it's a highly creative job, flip-flops, jeans and gym shoes are out.

•Tuck in your shirt (men and women).

•Details count. Polished shoes, pressed shirt and pants; a belt.

•Suit and tie for the interview but then dress like your co-workers.

•If pants touch the ground, get them hemmed (most dry cleaners can help).

•Shirts look best when professionally laundered.

•Tattoos should be covered; remove facial piercings.

•When shopping, always ask if there's a discount with your student ID.

His new outfit: Pants, $98.50; shirt, $79.50; reversible black/brown belt, $59, all Banana Republic. His own shoes. Total: $237

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