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Hire ETBU Tips

  • Pray for direction and discernment in how God intends to use you and your education to pursue your career goals.
  • Follow HireETBU @ETBUCareers2Go on Twitter for job opportunities.
  • Build your resume/portfolio, review job opportunities, and view interview questions in the ETBU Purple Briefcase site.
  • Research and initiate contact with people that are in your possible career choice field.
  • Plan to attend the ETBU Career Fair offered each spring on campus to visit with possible employers to set possible interviews and make contacts.
  • Join organizations or volunteer in areas that can help you explore your career interests (i.e., If interested in a career in teaching, volunteer at area schools, become involved in local PTA organizations, tutor K-12 students, etc.) .

Contact your Academic Advisor, the Dean of the appropriate school (i.e., School of Nursing, School of Education, etc.), the Office of Academic Success, and/or the Assistant VP for Student Life for assistance with with any career development or job search-related questions you may have.

Career Guidance

General Tips for Dress
  1. Wear professional and conservative clothing. Choose apparel that has received favorable feedback from people who are knowledgeable about the industry standard or specific company policy.
  2. Ensure that clothing is clean, pressed and well-fitted.
  3. Wear conservative (dark) shoes that are clean and polished.
  4. Choose accessories that complement your clothing rather than distract from it.
  5. Keep fragrances and jewelry minimal.
  6. Make sure your hair is clean and conservative in color and style.
  7. Less is more. Keep your look simple but classy until you become accustomed to the environment and learn about the company’s dress code.
Dress for Success for Women Quick Tips
  • Acceptable dress includes a suit (skirt or slacks) or conservatively tailored dress.
  • Traditionally, skirts should be knee-length. Slightly shorter or longer are also acceptable.
  • Avoid blouses or sweaters that are transparent, tight fitting, have low necklines, revealing waistlines or details that detract from your face. Typically, arms are covered at least to the biceps and often to the wrist.
  • Always wear plain-style, non-patterned hose to interviews. The color should flatter your skin tone. A neutral color is always safe. For some industries, you may choose to wear hose that coordinates with your skirt. Carry an extra pair in case of runs.
  • Perfume should never be strong. A fragrance can cause an allergic reaction or offend the interviewer. When in doubt, do not wear perfume.
  • Apply natural-looking makeup and clear nail polish. This keeps the focus on the interview.
  • Do not carry a purse with a briefcase. Choose one or the other.
  • Wear flat shoes or low pumps in colors that avoid making your feet a focal point. Be sure your shoes are clean and polished. Avoid shoes that hinder walking fast. This lowers credibility. Avoid open-toed shoes since they are often associated with social agendas.

Accessories express your personality and accentuate your best features. Keep it simple! Women in general tend to wear too many accessories, such as earrings, necklaces and rings. At the same time, these can accentuate your personality and can be an asset if worn in moderation. Avoid dangling earrings, and wear no more than one ring per hand and a dress watch.

Dress for Success for Men Quick Tips
  • Wear a matching suit in navy, black or gray (pinstripe or solid), or a navy blazer and gray dress slacks.
  • Select a white or a light blue dress shirt that contrasts with the jacket and/or tie. Typically, arms should be covered to the wrist. Exposing arms by rolling up your sleeves is interpreted as less powerful and is less formal.
  • Ties should be made of silk or a silk-like fabric. The tie should coordinate with your jacket and pants, but it should contrast with the color of your shirt. The half-Windsor is a good knot for just about any occasion or style of shirts.  Visit tiepedia for more information about types of knots, how to tie them, choosing a necktie width, and much more.  More tips on how to tie a tie.
  • Socks should be calf-length or above the calf. Choose colors such as dark blue, black or gray.
  • Select lace-up (not slip-on) dress shoes. The color should be dark or should blend with your pants.
  • Select a leather belt that visually blends with or matches your shoes.
  • A short hair cut and no facial hair is expected.
  • Minimize jewelry. Avoid a necklace. Wear no more than one ring per hand and a dress watch.
  • A full-length coat can be worn over your suit, but avoid casual coats.
  • Cologne should never be strong. A fragrance can cause an allergic reaction or offend the interviewer(s). When in doubt, do not wear cologne.