We’re Here for You Through COVID-19

As we all try to adjust to dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that life has changed dramatically over the last few weeks. From homeschooling our children, to having our movements restricted, to the heroes who are on the front lines fighting this virus, we have all been affected.

At United Career Institute, we want our students, our community, and our future students to know, we are here for you and will support you in any way we can. We are all in this fight together, and we will get through it together.

Supporting United Students

We think of ourselves more as a family, and not just a school. Even through this difficult time, we are still fully committed to our purpose, which is to empower change by creating opportunity.

We are committed to serving and supporting our family of students through the COVID-19 pandemic. To continue educating and training our students for rewarding, successful careers, we are now providing online remote instruction for all students.

Via distance learning, students can continue to develop their skills and gain valuable knowledge that will set them up for success in their future careers. While students cannot physically attend classes or be on-campus, all instructors are fully available to assist and support students in any way possible.

For active students, in good academic standing, who are unable to begin or complete an externship due to COVID-19, United has created an Interim Leave of Absence Policy. In addition, we have revised the current Incomplete Policy to further support students who are unable to sit for their certification exams during this time. Please visit the COVID-19 Information page for more information and guidance on these policies.

Supporting the Community

In addition to supporting our students through the COVID-19 pandemic, we are highly invested in the local healthcare community, and are dedicated to serving it as best we can by providing the workforce with trained medical professionals.

With healthcare programs including Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, and Medical Office Administration, United – Fayette County graduates are on the front lines battling the virus by caring for sick patients and providing essential support to hospitals and doctor’s offices.

We pledge to support our local healthcare teams and community members by continuing to educate and train essential healthcare workers who are desperately needed during this time.

Supporting Future Students

We know that many people and families have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and the mandatory restrictions on non-essential businesses. Due to these restrictions, many people have lost their jobs or been laid off, with millions of people around the country who have already applied for unemployment benefits.

As a school with the purpose of empowering change by creating opportunity, we know that we have a responsibility to help people get retrained and back to work. With this in mind, we have added virtual campus visits as an alternative to touring the campus in person. We hope this will allow those who have been affected to start their path to a more secure career, by training for valuable healthcare jobs.

In addition, high schoolers who are uncertain about what to do next due to COVID-19, are encouraged to explore our career training programs, which can lead to successful healthcare careers.

To learn more about our Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, and Medical Office Administration programs, contact us today to schedule a remote admissions meeting.

How to Create SMART Career Goals

We all have goals that we want to accomplish in life and in our careers. Maybe you aren’t fulfilled in your current job and want a more rewarding career or maybe your goal is to be the first person in your family to graduate from a training program.

Regardless of what you want to achieve, setting SMART career goals can get you there! The most effective goals follow these five guidelines: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely.

Using these criteria to create your SMART career goals gives you a higher chance of success. How exactly do you create SMART career goals? Keep reading as we share with you exactly how!

Specific

First, SMART career goals must be specific, so that you know exactly what to do in order to reach them. Here is a great example of a specific goal: I want to graduate from a Medical Assisting program in Westmoreland County within 18 months in order to begin a more rewarding career. This is a specific goal because it answers the following questions:

Now that you have answered these questions and created a specific goal, you know exactly what to do to achieve the goal.

Measurable

Next, you need to make sure your SMART career goals are measurable. Creating measurable goals ensures that you can track the progress you make toward your goals. As you take steps to reach your goals, you will be able to tell if you’re on track to meet them or if there is something you need to change.

Separating your larger goal into smaller chunks is the best way to do this. With the goal of completing a medical assisting program to start a more rewarding career, you could create milestones along the way for each class that is part of the program. This way, you are one step closer to your goal for each class you complete.

Attainable

As you create your SMART career goals, it’s essential to create ones that are attainable, because it’s hard to stay motivated to work toward a goal that’s not actually achievable. An example of an unattainable goal would be going to Mars next month. While this sounds like a great goal, it’s not actually attainable, because the technology to go to Mars doesn’t yet exist. Setting super high goals can seem like a good idea, but it can actually be demotivating, because you know you can’t accomplish them anyway.

In our medical assisting goal example, some things you should consider to ensure the goal is attainable for you is if can you commit the time required for the program, do you have the support system needed, and do you have any prerequisites that are required.

Relevant

The next thing you must do is ensure your SMART career goals are relevant to you. Here are some questions you should ask about each specific goal: Is this something you really want to achieve? Do you care enough to put in the work? Does this goal align with your other goals? Does this goal fit into your long-term plans?

For example, our medical assisting goal is relevant because it will help reach your dream of starting a more rewarding career. By achieving this goal, you’re working toward a long-term goal of being in a career that brings you more meaning and fulfillment.

Timely

Last, you need to ensure that your SMART career goals are timely. Creating a timely goal means that it has a time frame that you will complete the goal within. If you create a goal with no deadline, there is no sense of urgency to work toward the goal.

Create a deadline to reach the goal, but also create smaller deadlines for the milestones along the way. For example, with our medical assisting goal, you can create a deadline for taking each class, finishing your externship, and passing certification tests.

Achieve Your Goals with United

Now that you’ve created your SMART career goals, you’re ready to achieve your professional dreams! If you want to work in healthcare, helping your community by providing excellent patient care, United Career Institute has the fast track programs to help you get there.

Learn more and request information about our Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, Medical Office Administration, and Phlebotomy programs to get started today!

New Year, New Career – Irwin

With the start of a new year, it’s the perfect time to evaluate and plan your next career move. Maybe you’re just starting out in your career and are unsure of what steps to take to get your dream job. Or maybe you feel stuck in your current job, but don’t know what to do to advance your career.

We’re here to help you get from where you are to where you want to be! As you set your New Year’s resolutions and goals, you can plan steps for yourself that will get you into a new, fulfilling career.

Check out the steps below to get started on your new career today!

Get Motivated

Before you can make a change or accomplish something great for yourself, you have to get motivated! Motivation is the reason that someone behaves in a particular way. It’s what gets you up in the morning and what encourages you to keep going when things get challenging. Getting motivated is essential for launching yourself into a new career.

In order to get yourself motivated, you need to know what it is that inspires and motivates you. Different people are motivated by different things, so ask yourself what exactly it is for you. For example, you may be motivated to create a better life for your family. After you figure out what drives you forward, keep this in mind as you set your goals, and let it inspire you in your daily life.

Learn New Skills

Now you’re motivated and ready to jump start your new career, but how do you do it? What specifically can you do today that will set you up for success? The answer to this question is to learn new skills! The professional world is constantly changing and if you’re not learning new skills, you can become stagnant in your career. That’s why gaining new skills, knowledge, and experiences are the best way to get you into a better career.

To help you achieve your career goals, we designed our healthcare training programs to give you the exact skills and knowledge employers need in job candidates. At United Career Institute, you will learn in a hands-on environment and have opportunities for real-world application with externships and clinicals.

Update Your Resume

Next, you need to update your resume to ensure you’re giving potential employers the most current information about your education, skills, and previous experiences. When crafting your resume, make sure it’s modern and professional, so you stand out from the crowd of candidates. Check out this previous blog post sharing our Top 5 Resume Tips to Get Noticed!

If you’ve already decided you want to learn new skills, feel free to add your current school and program to your resume. This shows potential employers you are serious about your career and working to achieve more. Just be sure to make it clear that you are still currently enrolled in a training program.

Start Your Job Search

You may think it’s too early to start your job search while still in school or attending a training program, but that’s exactly when you need to start! Begin by making a list of your ideal employers and researching their current job openings, hiring processes, and hiring managers. Follow these companies on social media and review their websites as well.

Once you have done this, you’ll have a much better idea of what it takes to get hired by each specific employer. Feel free to reach out to your top companies with questions you may have, as this will help you get to know the hiring process and company culture. Then, when you’re ready to apply for your new dream job, you will be one step closer!

Put Your Career on the Fast Track with United

Ready to launch yourself into a great new career now? Gain hands-on skills, knowledge, and real-world experience at United Career Institute. Learn more about our programs in Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, Medical Office Administration, and Phlebotomy today. Request information now to get started!

4 Tips for Balancing School, Work, and Life During the Holidays

The holidays are here and with them comes office parties, family events, and tasty cookies! Spending extra time with loved ones and finding amazing gifts you know your family will love is part of the holiday fun, but it can be hard to balance these extra activities when you have a school, work, and family life.

How can you get everything done without becoming overwhelmed during this special time of year? Keep reading for our top tips to balance school, work, and life during the holiday season!

Tip #1 – Stay Organized

Our first tip for getting everything on your list completed during the holidays is to stay organized, because it will make you much more efficient. To do this, use your calendar to plan and organize everything that needs to get done during this time. With an app like Google Calendar, you can even set alerts to remind you when it’s time to complete a specific activity.

For school, add your class schedule, due dates, exam dates, and any other important tasks to your calendar. For example, if you have an exam coming up, block off time on your calendar to study. Next, add your work schedule, holiday events, and family activities to your calendar.

After adding everything to your calendar, you’ll know exactly when and how you’re going to get everything completed. You may need to reduce or change your commitments if you are overbooked.

Tip #2 – Use Time Management

Our second secret to balancing school, work, and family life during the holidays is to have good time management. When blocking off time on your calendar for specific things, make sure you’re realistic about the amount of time each activity will take to complete, and be sure to give yourself enough time.

As you plan your activities, ensure you have not overbooked yourself and committed to too many things, because this can leave you feeling stressed and exhausted.

Prioritize the most important things that need to get done for school, work, and family. After doing this, if you are short on time and something must be removed from your schedule, you can eliminate something with a lower priority and still complete the important stuff.

Tip #3 – Get Ahead

Try to get ahead as much as possible during this busy time of year, so you will have more time for fun holiday activities. Working ahead at your job and completing schoolwork before the deadline is great ways to get ahead.

For example, if you’re working on a project that’s due around Christmas, try to complete it early so you’re not overwhelmed while trying to finish it by the due date. Procrastinating and waiting until the last minute to complete something is a bad idea because it can lower the quality of your work and you may easily become stressed and irritated.

Tip #4 – Practice Self-Care

You’re organized, using good time management, and getting ahead for the holidays, so now it’s time for some self-care! It’s easy to feel overwhelmed during this time of year, but remember the holiday season is meant to be a cheerful time with friends and family.

Two of the most important ways to practice self-care during the holiday season is to get enough sleep and eat healthily. With so many scientific studies showing the negative effects of not sleeping enough, don’t give in to the temptation to sleep less just to get things done. We all know it can be challenging to eat healthily during the holidays when surrounded by so many delicious foods and desserts, but try to eat healthily to keep your energy levels high.

The holiday season is a busy time, but don’t forget to take time for yourself to rest and recharge. If you need to, add your self-care time to your calendar to ensure you actually relax. Doing nothing may sound counterproductive but recharging your energy will make you feel much better. Don’t forget that it’s okay to say “no” if you’re feeling overwhelmed.

Balance School, Work, and Life with United

We designed our career training programs to align with your busy schedule, so you can balance school, work, and family life. At United Career Institute, we offer fast track career training, hands-on learning, personalized attention, and small class sizes to help you begin a rewarding career in healthcare.

Learn more about our fast track Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, and Medical Office Administration programs and request information now to start your path to a great career!

How to Create SMART Career Goals

For all of us, there are things we want to accomplish in life and in our careers. Maybe your dream is to be the first one in your family to graduate from college. Or maybe you are unhappy in your current job and want to get into a new, more fulfilling career. Maybe you already have a great job and want to advance within your current company.

Whatever it is that you want to achieve in your career, creating goals can help get you there. For goals to be effective, they need to follow a few guidelines. Your SMART career goals should be these five things: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely.

When you create SMART career goals that meet these criteria, you have a much higher chance of reaching your goals. So how do you create SMART career goals? Read on as we share exactly how!

Specific

The first thing SMART career goals need to be is specific, because with very specific goals, you know exactly what you must do to reach them. Here is an example of a specific career goal that someone may have: I want to graduate from a Medical Assisting program in Fayette County within 18 months in order to start a more fulfilling career. This goal is specific enough to work toward and accomplish because it answers these questions:

  • Who: I want to…
  • What: …graduate from a Medical Assisting program…
  • Where: …in Fayette County
  • When: …within 18 months…
  • Why: …in order to start a more fulfilling career.

By answering the questions above when creating your career goals, you know exactly what you need to do to achieve them.

Measurable

The second thing you need to ensure when creating your SMART career goals, is that they are measurable. Goals need to be measured so that you can track your progress along the way. By doing this, you will know if you’re on track to meet your goals or if there is something that needs to be adjusted in order to meet them.

The best way to do this is to break down your larger goal into smaller chunks. In our Medical Assisting program goal example, we could measure it along the way by listing each class that must be taken as part of the program. In doing this, every time you pass a class, you are one step closer to your goal.

Attainable

When creating SMART career goals, the third thing you need to consider is whether the goals are attainable and achievable. This is an important step because when goals are not attainable, it’s hard to stay motivated to keep working toward them. For example, going to Mars within the next month sounds like an awesome goal, but it’s not attainable, because we don’t currently have the technology to go to Mars. So, while it can seem like a good idea to set your goals super high, doing so can be demotivating because you know they can’t be accomplished anyway.

Using our Medical Assisting program example, a few things to consider to ensure this goal is attainable are the following:

  • Do I have the time to commit to the program?
  • Do I have the support system to succeed in the program?
  • Do I have the prerequisites for the program?
  • Do I have the resources to pay for the program?

If you can answer yes to these questions, you’re well on your way to achieving your goal of completing a Medical Assisting program. If you answered no to any of these questions, don’t worry! The United staff can help you through the process!

Relevant

For your SMART career goals, the next thing you need to ensure is that they are actually relevant to you. Is the goal something that you really want? Do you care enough about it to put in the necessary work to reach the goal? Does this specific goal align with your other goals? Does the goal help you get closer to your long-term goals and dreams?

In our Medical Assisting program goal example, it is relevant because completing the program will help accomplish the dream of starting a more fulfilling career. So, by achieving one goal, you are actually working toward a longer term goal of having a career that provides more meaning and fulfillment.

Timely

The last thing to consider when creating SMART career goals is that they must be timely. This means that each goal should have a time frame in which it will be accomplished. Without a deadline and timeframe for your goal, there will be no sense of urgency to continue working toward it.

When creating your goal, in addition to including a deadline to reach the goal itself, add deadlines for specific events along the way. For our Medical Assisting example, you could create deadlines for when you will take and pass each class, complete your externship, and pass your certification tests.

Achieve Your Career Goals

Now you’re on the way to creating your own SMART career goals! If you’ve ever dreamed of completing a fast track training program, starting a new career, or working in an industry that allows you to help people on a daily basis, we have the programs to help get you there.

Learn more about our Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, and Medical Office Administration programs and request information today to get started!

Meet the New United Fayette County Campus

We’re so excited to announce that Pennsylvania Institute of Health and Technology is now United Career Institute – Fayette County!

Meet the New United Fayette County Campus

As the new United Fayette County campus, we pledge to work with our community, local employers, students, and graduates to enable trained professionals to provide skilled service and care to the local community.

Our purpose is to empower change by creating opportunity, and we will continue this rich tradition under the new United Career Institute name.

“Our promise at the new United Fayette County Campus is to encourage and empower students to meet their full potential, enabling them to succeed in their careers and make an impact on our local community,” said Pam Hughes, Nursing Director at United Career Institute – Fayette County.

As experts in educating professionals, we train students in the hands-on skills and valuable knowledge needed to meet the needs of local healthcare employers and patients.

With our WE CARE approach to education, students are given the support and tools necessary to succeed. We believe in building a relationship with each and every student because at United Fayette County, you’re a person, and not just a number in a crowd.

Meet the New United Fayette County Campus

We help prepare students to succeed in their careers by providing valuable resources such as academic advising, career advising, and personal advising.

Designed with a personalized approach to learning in mind, we offer small class sizes and one-on-one attention to enable each student to thrive.

Helping students create a career development plan, offering a career prep course, providing resume and cover letter development help, and offering externships and job placement assistance are some of the valuable career services we provide.

At United Career Institute – Fayette County, our career training programs prepare students for successful careers in the healthcare field at facilities like hospitals, doctor’s offices, labs, and more. We offer Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, and Medical Office Administration programs designed to meet the needs of healthcare employers.

Ready to get into your dream career with our fast track career training? Request information or call us at 724-437-4600 to get started today!

What Should High School Seniors Be Doing Now?

With school dances, holiday breaks, and classes with your best friends, being a senior in high school can be an awesome experience. You’ve made it so far and can see the finish line!

For some, it can also be overwhelming and a little frightening. As you finish one journey and prepare for the next, the most important question to ask yourself is, what am I going to do after high school?

Making the decision to continue your education by attending college or a training program is a great investment in your future. People who continue their education beyond high school earn higher salaries and have better job security. With so many options, how do you choose the path that’s right for you? And what can you do to set yourself up for success once you graduate high school? Keep reading as we share exactly what high school seniors should be doing right now!

Research Schools and Programs

The first thing high school seniors need to do is research the various schools and programs you’re interested in. Meet with school representatives that visit your school, read through each school’s website, visit their social media pages, and read online reviews. Doing this will help guide you to a school that is the right fit for you.

Choosing the right school for you is extremely important, but equally important is choosing the right program. When deciding on the program you want to pursue, you need to ask yourself some important career questions, like what field do you want to work in, how quickly do you want to start your career, and what style of learning do you excel at? The answers to these questions will help guide you toward the program best for you.

What Should High School Seniors Be Doing Now

For example, if you want to work in the healthcare field, don’t want to spend 4+ years in school, and prefer a hands-on learning environment, a career training program would be best for you. At United Career Institute, we offer fast track career training programs for in-demand jobs like Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, and Medical Office Administration. With short-term programs, you can start your career in months, not years.

Other things to consider are whether the school offers job placement assistance, will you have the chance to earn valuable certifications, and is the program direct admission, meaning you don’t have to take unnecessary classes.

After completing your research and choosing a program, contact the school you’re interested in to get more information and ask any questions you may have. You can set up a campus visit and complete a tour to really get a feel for the school you’re considering. Be sure to note the deadline for admission, so you can get a head start on the application process.

Choosing a school is a big decision, so talk it over with family, friends, and your guidance counselor, as they may have insight and advice that you have not considered.

Complete the Application Process

Now that you’ve chosen the school you want to attend and the program you will complete, it’s time to complete the application process! Schedule a time to meet with an Admissions Advisor to complete your application and make a list of next steps. Your Admissions Advisor will work with you one-on-one to help guide you through the process. Feel free to bring a parent or family member to your admission interview to support you along the way.

After applying and being accepted into your chosen program, you will meet with a Financial Aid Representative who will help guide you through financing your education. Questions about the FAFSA, scholarships, student loans, payment plans, and more can be answered during this meeting. You should bring a parent or guardian to this meeting to ensure all their questions are answered as well.

Next, you need to complete your FAFSA, apply for scholarships, and pay any necessary fees. Additionally, some schools and programs require an entrance exam and letters of recommendation, so you will need to complete these as well, if necessary.

Prepare for Success

Congratulations! You have chosen a school, decided on a program, and completed the admissions process! As you finish your senior year of high school, continue to focus on your grades, extracurricular activities, work, and any other responsibilities.

Be sure to respond to all communications from your school promptly, as they may need additional information or have questions for you. Before you begin your chosen program, purchase any necessary supplies that are not provided and ensure you have the proper support from family and friends.

Apply to United Career Institute

If you’re looking for a school that offers fast track career training programs, hands-on learning, personalized attention, small class sizes, student support, and a WE CARE approach to education, then you’ve come to the right place! Request information today to start your path to a great career with United Career Institute!

Top 5 Resume Tips to Get Noticed

With only one chance to make a great first impression on hiring managers and recruiters, you always want to have a top-notch resume that shows why you’re best for the job.

The way you present your education, skills, certifications, and experience in your resume can give you an advantage over the competition, so ensuring your resume is professional and easy to understand is essential. Keep reading to find out our top five resume tips to get you noticed!

Utilize a Resume Template

Using a template to create your resume is the secret to an attractive, professional looking resume. With templates, your resume will stand out from the crowd because your career information is presented in a visually appealing way.

Whether you want to go with a free or paid resume template, there are many different options out there. Just remember that the template needs to be professional and easy to navigate. For example, a template with headlines that clearly mark each section will make it easy for recruiters to find the exact information they need.

You also need to use a template that aligns with your industry, such as a resume that has a healthcare look for the medical field. Check out these resume templates to help you get started:

Use Keywords

Today, many companies use something called an applicant tracking system to store all their resumes. This allows recruiters and hiring managers to search through thousands of resumes for the exact education, experience, skills, and certifications they are looking for in order to fill a specific position.

Top 5 Resume Tips to Get Noticed

When you apply for a job, your resume is entered into the company’s applicant tracking system, so it’s essential to use the same keywords in your resume that are also being used in the job description. Review the job posting and think about what keywords a recruiter would use when searching for resumes, and then use those same keywords when writing your resume. Doing this will make your resume easier to find and increase your chances of getting noticed.

Include Essential Information

As you design your resume, there’s a specific list of relevant information that must be included for hiring managers to evaluate your qualifications for the specific position. Here is a list of information to include:

  • Name and Contact Information – Include your name, email address, and phone number at the top of your resume.
  • Education – Include the degree, school, and year graduated for all education.
  • Experience – Add the company, job title, dates employed, and a description of your experience.
  • Certifications – Add your valid certifications and the dates you earned them.
  • Skills – List all your relevant skills.
  • LinkedIn – Add a link to your up-to-date profile in your resume, so you can showcase your recommendations and endorsements.

In addition to the information above, you may also want to add software you’re proficient in, volunteer experience, and professional achievements.

Keep It Short and Sweet

Hiring managers and recruiters are busy people who oftentimes have many open positions to fill, with different qualifications for each. This means that if your resume is too long, they may not have the time to read through the entire thing.

When writing the content for your resume, keep it as short and sweet as possible. This can be challenging, especially when everything seems important, but you should try to keep your resume to two pages or less. A great way to do this is to use bullet points instead of long paragraphs.

Also, include action verbs in your resume to show that you get things done! Some examples of action verbs to use are lead, manage, create, produce, analyze, and develop.

Double Check Spelling and Grammar

There’s nothing worse than having spelling or grammar mistakes in your resume, as this can make you look careless and unprofessional. To ensure this doesn’t happen, be sure to double check everything!

As you write your resume, use the spelling and grammar checker in Microsoft Word to check for errors. Ask family, friends, or teachers to proofread your resume as well, because it can sometimes be hard to catch your own mistakes.

Time to Shine

Now you have a resume that will stand out and get you noticed, so you’re ready to shine! When applying for jobs, be sure to submit your resume in PDF format to ensure your design and formatting are kept in place. Craft an awesome cover letter explaining why you’re best for the job and submit it with your resume. Don’t forget to follow up!

For students and graduates of United Career Institute, our career services can answer any additional resume questions you may have.

Learn more about our Medical Assisting,   Medical Office Administration, and Practical Nursing career training programs and request information today to get started on your dream career today!

Thankful for Our Students

At United Career Institute, our purpose is to empower change by creating opportunity for our students. We enable each and every student to succeed by providing the necessary education, support, and skills training.

With fast track career training programs in Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, and Medical Office Administration, we work hard to give students the best start possible in their careers. We are honored to provide these programs to students, so they can start their careers in months, not years.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we’re sharing what we are most thankful for at United Mt. Braddock: our students!

Check out some of our student moments from this past year!

Hands-On Skills

We provide hands-on training so students can practice real skills that are valued by healthcare employers. Check out these students learning hands-on skills in our Nursing, Medical Assisting, and Medical Office programs!

Practical Nursing student and instructor Medical Assisting students in lab

Practical Nursing Students Medical Assisting Clinical Lab

 

Licensed Professionals

Congratulations to our Practical Nursing students who passed their nursing boards to become LPNs, giving them the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on people’s lives.



 

 

Student Experience

At United Career Institute, we love to have fun while preparing students for successful healthcare careers! Check out some of this year’s excitement, like career prep class, the 2019 Summer Awards Luncheon, Reverse Graduation, happy nursing students, and our wonderful graduates.


Join Us Today

Ready to start a fulfilling new career in the healthcare field? Join us at United Career Institute for fast track programs, small class sizes, personalized attention, hands-on training, and our WE CARE family atmosphere. Request information now to get started!

How to Dress for Success

Have you ever heard the saying, dress for the job you want, not the job you have? Dressing for success can help you make an awesome first impression and get your dream job, but how exactly do you do this?

Anytime you meet someone new, they begin to evaluate and make assumptions about you based on your appearance, even before you have said a word. Everything from the clothes you’re wearing to the hairstyle you’re rocking contributes to how people perceive you.

So how exactly do you dress for success to make a great impression on everyone you meet? Check out our tips below to find out!

Dress for the Company Culture

Company cultures and dress codes can vary greatly from one business to another. Because every business is unique, it’s best to align yourself with the culture and dress of each business anytime you’re meeting or interviewing with them. For example, banking is a more traditional industry with formal dress codes, so if you are interviewing with a bank, always wear a suit. This will show your professionalism and that you are a good fit for the company.

Before attending a meeting with a company, do your homework to find out what dress code they follow, so you can be prepared and confident! The most common dress codes companies use today are:

  • Business formal – This is the most formal professional dress and commonly found in this dress code are dark colors, formal suits, button-up shirts, solid color ties, and dress shoes.
  • Business professional – In this dress code, you can add more color to your looks, including items like dress pants, professional skirts, sports jackets, ties with patterns, and nice shirts.
  • Business casual – Now you can begin to add more personality to your attire, including shirts with colors and patterns, different colored skirts, khakis, polos, vests, and sweaters.
  • Casual – This dress code is the most informal and allows for many different dress options, including t-shirts, jeans, skirts, sweaters, sandals, and sneakers.

Regardless of what dress code a company follows, it’s best to always dress up for meetings and interviews because this shows your professionalism and helps you make a great first impression.

Dress for the Specific Event

Dressing for success when attending career events is essential for making a lasting impression. For example, when going to a job interview, looking your professional best can give you an advantage over other candidates. Choosing clothing that is business professional, not wearing excessive jewelry or fragrance, and ensuring your hairstyle is clean and neat are all great tips for job interviews. When you only get one chance to make an awesome first impression, you have to make it count!

In the digital world of today, video interviews with programs like Skype are common. Dressing up and looking your professional best is necessary for video interviews because the person will still be able to see your appearance.

Networking events and career fairs require you to dress professionally as well. Always do your best to make a great first impression because the people you meet at these events could be hiring directly, have an influence on the hiring decisions at their company, or could even refer you to other opportunities.

Dress for Success Tips

If you’re a student or new graduate, dressing for success can come with some challenges. You may not currently have many professional clothes, or you could be unsure about what is acceptable in the workplace. Here are our top tips to help you get started:

  • Buy clothes that you can wear in many different ways.
  • Complex patterns can be distracting, so choose more solid colors.
  • Ensure that you’re wearing clothing that is appropriate for work.
  • Keep jewelry to a minimum by wearing only your favorite piece.
  • You want people to be focused on what you have to offer, so cover tattoos and piercings, as they can be distracting.
  • Keep your hair clean and professional.
  • Some people are allergic to perfume or cologne, so don’t wear too much.
  • Choose makeup looks that are natural and professional.

If you’re ever confused about how to dress for success, remember this Oscar Wilde quote: “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”

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You’re now ready to dress for success and make a great first impression when meeting someone new!

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