February 2, 2015

On the Road: Dress for Success


From recruitment, to presentations, to meetings with University staff, ELCs have to be prepared for anything. Whether you’re preparing for your first interview or getting ready for Leadership Conference, here are a few tips from your ELCs to inspire your professional wardrobe:

  1. Do your research When attending a conference or walking into an interview, do your research on what to pack and how to dress so you’re not putting together an outfit at 11pm the night before. It’s important to dress on the same level, or even a step above, your peers. Dressing too casually could cause you to lose credibility from others. Let them know you take things seriously! Make sure to check the attire for the weekend or meeting well in advance to ensure you show up looking professional.
  2. Maximize your outfit combinations ELCs live out of a suitcase and it’s a great way to learn how to piece together lots of outfit variety! Especially when packing for a conference or convention, choose pieces you can mix and match. A neutral skirt and blazer are great to mix up with fun blouses. Don’t forget your staple black dress to layer with cardigans or a blazer for a different look.
  3. Layer As an ELC, I have traveled all over the country. I visit hot and humid environments as well as bitter cold areas and one thing I cannot live without is layers. They allow me to add variety to my outfits as well as easily adjust to my surroundings. Conference centers, hotels, and businesses do not allow you to adjust the temperature, so be prepared for anything with cardigans, blazers, and light scarves to keep you comfortable while you impress.
  4. Make an impression Whether you are attending Alpha Phi Leadership Conference or meeting your new boss, first impressions matter! Dressing for the part is important, but it’s only a piece of a first impression. Make eye contact, use a firm handshake, and smile. One thing people don’t tell you is the best way to make a great first impression is to ask questions. Asking questions indicates that you are interested and that you have come prepared. Dazzle your peers and future bosses with your intellect and dedication!

Alpha Phi provides so many opportunities to develop successful woman. Through programs like ELI, the Fellows Program, Leadership Conference, and Convention, we can learn how to rule the board room and rock an interview. Alpha Phi taught me so much about the successful person I want to be, and I am honored that as an ELC I can help other women develop themselves!

Gina Forneris (Iota-Winsonsin) is a first year educational leadership consultant. Learn more about Gina by clicking here.

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