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February 3, 2013

Dummy proof job interview tips

VALDOSTA — The most important aspect of sustaining your finances is establishing a steady source of income. If you’re like me, your steady source was swiftly shut off after you graduated college and got married. Seriously, in the time it took me to change my last name on my driver’s license, my parents bought two Volvos and vacationed in Key West, Fla. It was like they were waiting on it or something!

Thus, I had to enter the real world and get a job. However, I have various friends and relatives who are on the brink of graduation and are starting to send me “911” texts because they are coming into the realization that they are going to be flat broke with $60,000 of student loan debt in about three months. Suckers.

So, because I’m trying to conserve my phone battery and because I’m incredibly lazy and lack any initiative to comply with requests of becoming a mentor, here is my broad-based help on how to get a job.

1. Dress for success.

No, you shouldn’t pull a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and wear the most glamorous outfit in your closet, but you should remain professional.

My advice, for the ladies, keep it simple and sleek. Wear a nice pant suit or a tailored-like dress. Don’t wear statement jewelry, just some stud earrings and maybe a watch. If you got a tore-up purse, buy a new one or don’t take one. Also, make sure your hair is fixed neatly in an updo, or down and out of your face. Polish your nails, wash your face, and most importantly, wear a smile.

For the men, wear a suit if you have one. The quintessential “interview suit” is gray with a sky-blue shirt and red tie, but really, any color combo you have is fine so long as it’s not something wild like purple and green. Keep it clean and simple. Make sure your hair is freshly cut, your  face is freshly shaved and your nails are clean and short.

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