Dress for Success and Fergie Footwear Partner Once Again for #GivingShoesDay on #GivingTuesday

DRESS FOR SUCCESS AND FERGIE FOOTWEAR

PARTNER ONCE AGAIN FOR

#GIVINGSHOESDAY ON #GIVINGTUESDAY

 

Women across the Globe Are Encouraged to Donate Professional Shoes

To Their Local Dress for Success Affiliate on This Day of Giving

 

The Top 10 Shoe Donors around the World Will Receive a

Complimentary Pair of Limited Holiday Edition Raegan Heels from Fergie Footwear

NEW YORK, NY (December 2, 2014): Dress for Success® is turning #GivingTuesday into #GivingShoesDay once again on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, to honor this day of giving.  For the third year in a row, #GivingShoesDay encourages women to donate their professional shoes to one of more than 135 Dress for Success affiliates across the world.  This is the first time that Dress for Success supporters will be able to participate in #GivingShoesDay on a global scale.

Last year, Fergie Footwear partnered with Dress for Success to give something back to those that donate their shoes on this distinguished day of charity and, this year, the shoe brand is upping the ante.  The top 10 individual shoe donors from around the world will receive a complimentary pair of limited holiday edition Raegan heels, similar to the previous year, but in addition, the top three Dress for Success affiliates across the globe that garner the most total donations will also be awarded with a special gift of brand new shoes directly from Fergie Footwear.

Fergie personally chose the Raegan heel for this year’s holiday offering for its popular and on-trend silhouette.  A new style for the holidays, the Raegan is a red suede sandal with gold straps, and guarantees to provide a festive pop to any holiday outfit. In addition to the #GivingShoesDay incentives it will be providing, Fergie Footwear is also donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of this shoe to Dress for Success through the beginning of the New Year, up to $40,000.

“Dress for Success is the perfect partner for my holiday shoe initiative. Their annual #GivingShoesDay drive encourages women to give back to those in need and that’s what the holidays are all about,” said Fergie.  “This year’s Fergie Footwear holiday style is a red suede and gold strappy sandal—with all retail proceeds going to Dress for Success.”

The Dress for Success markets that are participating in #GivingShoesDay are:

  •  Albany, NY
  • Almere, Netherlands
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Bakersfield, CA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Boston, MA
  • Bridgeport, CT
  • Brookhaven, NY
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Calgary, Canada
  • Charleston, SC
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Columbia, SC
  • Columbus, OH
  • Cork, Ireland
  • Corpus Christi, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • Halifax, Canada
  • Harrisburg, PA
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Huntington, WV
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Jackson, MS
  • Kansas City, KS
  • Kingston, Canada
  • Kingston, Jamaica
  • Lackawanna, PA
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Lawrenceville, NJ
  • Lebanon, PA
  • Lexington, KY
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Louisville, KY
  • Memphis, TN
  • Missoula, MT
  • Montreal, Canada
  • Mornington Peninsula, Australia
  • New Orleans, LA
  • New York, NY
  • Norfolk, VA
  • Northland, New Zealand
  • Orillia, Canada
  • Orlando, FL
  • Palm Beaches, FL
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Portland, OR
  • Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Racine, WI
  • Raleigh-Durham, NC
  • Red Deer, Canada
  • Red River Valley, ND
  • Rochester, NY
  • Sacramento, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • Saskatoon, Canada
  • Seattle, WA
  • Shreveport-Bossier, LA
  • Sioux Falls, SD
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Strathclyde, Scotland
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Tampa, FL
  • Tulsa, OK
  • Warren-Youngstown, OH
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Wichita, KS
  • Worcester, MA
  • York, PA

 

Fergie Footwear, owned by Brown Shoe Company, is known for fashion-forward footwear that captures the essence of the eight-time Grammy award-winning artist and style icon, Fergie Duhamel, who is not only a force in the music industry, but also a respected entrepreneur and committed philanthropist. Her debut solo album,

“The Dutchess,” spawned five Billboard Hot 100 top five singles, three of which went to number one. Fergie will release her sophomore album in early 2015.

Joining the ranks of post-Thanksgiving campaigns such as Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, #GivingShoesDay has proven to be a tremendous #GivingTuesday success for Dress for Success. Since its inception in 2012, this call for shoes was only put to supporters in the United States, which overwhelmingly amassed more than 2,100 pairs of shoes donated through the organization’s American affiliates.  With #GivingShoesDay going global this year, Dress for Success anticipates this being the greatest year of shoe-giving yet.

“Having a complete outfit that a woman feels confident in is the key to making a good first impression in an interview setting and, therefore acquiring a new career, making the need for shoes ever-important to our organization,” said Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide. “Through its continued partnership of #GivingShoesDay, Fergie Footwear is committed to helping women around the world put their best foot forward on their path to self-sufficiency.”

To participate, women can visit the Dress for Success affiliate page at www.dressforsuccess.org/affiliates to find the closest participating location and simply bring their shoes to that boutique on Tuesday, December 2.  For those who would like to donate shoes for #GivingShoesDay, but are not near an affiliate to drop-off the donation, the professional footwear can be sent to the Dress for Success Worldwide warehouse in Brooklyn, New York, where donations of clothing, shoes and accessories are always accepted.  These shipped donations must arrive by December 2 to be considered for #GivingShoesDay, with a note stating that #GivingShoesDay is what the shoes are being donated for.  Additional information on Dress for Success and #GivingShoesDay can be found at www.dressforsuccess.org.

About Dress for Success

Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 135 cities in 17 countries. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 775,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. Visit www.dressforsuccess.org to learn more.

About Brown Shoe Company

Brown Shoe Company is a $2.6 billion, global footwear company whose shoes are worn by people of all ages, from all walks of life.  Our products are available virtually everywhere — in the nearly 1,300 Famous Footwear and Naturalizer retail stores we operate, in hundreds of major department and specialty stores, on 14 branded ecommerce sites, and on many additional third-party retail websites.  Through our broad range of products, we serve three key market segments with our Family, Healthy Living and Contemporary Fashion brands.  For style-conscious consumers who demand up-to-the-second fashion footwear, we offer Via Spiga, Vince, Sam Edelman, Franco Sarto, Carlos Santana and Fergie Footwear brands.  These high-quality, beautifully crafted and authentically designed shoes keeps fashionistas in step with the latest trends.  At Brown Shoe Company, we inspire people to feel good and live better… feet first!

Contact:

Katie Murphy

Director, Media Relations

Dress for Success Worldwide

(646) 233-4954

katie@dressforsuccess.org

Dress for Success and Kimpton Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary!

    ATTENTION ALL EXTREME ALTRUISTS!

$1,000,000 TRAVEL PACKAGE FROM KIMPTON HOTELS & RESTAURANTS KICKS OFF 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION WITH DRESS FOR SUCCESS

“SUITE SUCCESS” PROVIDES DELUXE ACCOMMODATIONS TO BIG SPENDING BENEFACTOR WHILE HELPING GET WOMEN BACK TO WORK 

New York, NY (September 22, 2014): Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is celebrating its 10-year anniversary as the official accommodations of Dress for Success® Worldwide with a bang by offering one big spending benefactor an opportunity of a lifetime.  The Suite Success travel package provides jet-setters deluxe lodging and VIP treatment at all of  Kimpton’s 61 boutique hotels in 26 U.S. cities and, at the same time, helps to get more women throughout the country back to work.  All of the proceeds from this $1,000,000 travel package will benefit Dress for Success.

The schedule of this charity-driven expedition can be determined by the travel-loving do-gooder.  The purchaser of The Suite Success travel package will receive air travel for two and a two-night stay in the finest accommodations offered at each Kimpton hotel. This package allows for this humanitarian so dedicated to bettering the lives of others to finally take some time for themselves at  all of Kimpton’s stylish, warm and welcoming hotels located in the most desirable cities throughout the country. Once this package has been acquired, it will be considered fulfilled after one full year after the purchase date, up to December 31, 2015, or once a stay at each of the 61 properties has been completed, whichever is first.  Only one stay at each hotel is permitted.

From the Presidential Suite at Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge, MA, to the Starlight Suite at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco, CA, this high-flying supporter will be able to rest easy from coast to coast, knowing that their travels assist women on their journey to economic independence and self-sufficiency.

“While many may only spend a night or two at a hotel, Dress for Success has found a true home in Kimpton,” said Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide. “Walk into any Kimpton hotel or restaurant and you will be surrounded by the most inspiring personalities and the ideal examples of professionalism. The entire Kimpton team exudes the very qualities that we instill in the women that walk through our doors every day.”

The proceeds from the travel package will go directly to benefit the services and programs of Dress for Success, which provides professional attire to disadvantaged women and teaches them the tools to help them get back to work and assist them in remaining employed, as well as progressing in their positions until they have reached their desired level of professional achievement and personal fulfillment.

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants originally partnered with Dress for Success as the official accommodations provider in 2004 for the organization’s inaugural Success Summit, a three-day leadership conference hosted for the women that it serves around the world, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this past July at Kimpton’s  Hotel Monaco in Alexandria, VA, and Hotel Monaco in Washington, D.C.  Kimpton provides a 15% discount to Dress for Success supporters booking with the rate code “DFS” and donates $10 per night back to the organization on those reservations.   Providing more than just hotel rooms and monetary support, Kimpton also provides actual jobs to the women of Dress for Success.

“We are so proud and honored to celebrate our 10-year partnership with Dress for Success with this unique offer available only to one generous Dress for Success supporter,” said Kathleen Reidenbach, senior vice president of marketing at Kimpton.  ”Our contribution enables someone to join us in our mission to put women into positions of economic and social empowerment. We look forward to taking the best of care of the benefactor of this special package in our inimitable Kimpton way of warm, sincere and welcoming hospitality.”

Interested parties can contact Katie Murphy at katie@dressforsuccess.org or (646) 233-4954 for more information on how to purchase travel package.

About Dress for Success

Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 135 cities in 16 countries. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 775,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. Visit www.dressforsuccess.org to learn more.

About Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is the leading collection of boutique hotels and restaurants in the United States and the acknowledged industry pioneer that first introduced the boutique hotel concept to America. In 1981, Bill Kimpton founded the company that today is renowned for making travelers feel genuinely cared for while away from home through thoughtful perks and amenities, distinctive design that tells a story and inspires a sense of funat each hotel and a sincerely personal style of guest service. Out to help people live full, balanced lives, Kimpton aims to inspire with touches like yoga mats in every room, complimentary coffee and tea to start the day, hosted evening Wine Hour, in-room fitness programming and complimentary bike rentals. The award-winning restaurants and bars are led by talented chefs and bartenders that offer guests a chance to dine like a local. Kimpton also leads the hospitality industry in eco-friendly practices that span all hotels and restaurants, and is consistently ranked as one of the top companies in the Market Metrix Hospitality Index, Upper Upscale Segment, for Customer Satisfaction. The company is highly-regarded for its innovative employee culture and benefits and has been named a Fortune magazine “Best Place to Work” five times since 2009. In 2014, Kimpton earned JD Power’s best in customer satisfaction award for the second consecutive year. Kimpton is continuously growing and currently operates more than 60 hotels and nearly 70 restaurants, bars and lounges in 26 cities. For more information, visit www.KimptonHotels.com.

 

Contact:

Katie Murphy

Dress for Success Worldwide

(646) 233-4954

katie@dressforsuccess.org

What Does “Diversifying” Your Money Mean?

Financial Advice By: Carmen Wong Ulrich

Q: When someone talks about “diversifying” their money, what exactly do they mean? I have always been told that I should be putting money into a savings account each month, but it seems like some people save their money in lots of different ways. What are some of the best ways to save money so that I have a secure financial future even after I get on in my years and retire?

We all know that diversity is good.  But in money-land, when someone talks about “diversification,” they’re usually talking about investing.  And investing, whether it’s in your home or the stock market, involves saving money that you won’t need for ten, fifteen or twenty or more years.  This is your long-term savings, such as funds for your retirement.

“Saving money” is a bucket term that actually applies to several different moves for your money.  Ask yourself: “What am I saving for?”  Your answer will determine how you save, where you save and how much you save.

For example, are you saving cash money for an emergency fund–the funds that will be there to pay bills if you lose income?  Are you saving maybe for a vacation once a year?   Or a “pop-up” fund to pay for unpredictable (“pop-up”) expenses like family graduations, births, car repairs, or other sometimes pricey events in your life?  If so, all this money belongs in a savings account or even two.  It’s money that should be held in cash.  Why?  Because these funds function like insurance—it’s there to protect your ability to write checks and not go into debt.  You can’t afford to lose that ability, so keep this money “liquid,” with easy access.

Next, are you saving for retirement or a goal that’s more than a decade away?  Investing this money, wisely, means exposing these savings to some risk (you can lose money, you can gain money) over a long period of time so that you can grow what you’re saving.  The key here is to make sure this is money you don’t need for a long time and that you know what tools are there for you to invest your money.  This takes some important studying, such as learning to understand your 401k, what index funds are and what you are paying in fees, etc.

To really wrap your mind around what you need to know, particularly for long-term savings and investing, speak to your 401k or retirement plan administrator, review the materials given to you and delve into resources online such as www.kiplingers.com for tips and education.  This kind of education is one of the biggest investments you can make for your future.  It’s saving!

Carmen Wong Ulrich is a personal finance expert and author of “The Real Cost of Living.”

Shake-up Your Make-up for Spring

We’ve all heard the phrase “less is more” when it comes to polishing a work appropriate look. And with warm weather finally arriving, the last thing you want to do is cover up, but that doesn’t mean your “9-5” beauty regime should only be confined to the nude and taupe family. Spring is the perfect time to shake up your routine and introduce some new colors to your palette.  And hey, Mother Nature is playing with some new hues, so it’s only polite to follow suit, right?

Easy on the eyes

Give your lids a subtle lift with a sweep of peach champagne or sheer gold shadow over top of a neutral earth tone. This will keep your look casual and office appropriate, but give you that extra boost of confidence during the morning meeting. For a liner, skip black and try a smoky grey, charcoal or khaki. Use the sponge tip to smudge the ends—this will give the eyes soft definition and a subtle wing without the bold, cat-eye effect.

Sun a little, bronze a little, blush a little

During the spring and summer months, nature does most of the work for us. Though many enjoy their new transformation in skin tone, it’s important to protect your skin against UVA/UVB rays. Nowadays, a lot of foundations have built in sunscreen and bronzers can also help provide that sun-kissed glow without the damage. To keep it professional, choose a bronzer that’s only a shade or so darker than your skin’s natural tone. You can add a seasonal touch with a berry-colored blush. Try using a large round brush and start at the base of the cheekbones and sweep upward. This time of year, you can get away with a sugar plum or a soft, shimmery pink to add some dimension and youthful color to your cheeks.

Let your lips do the talking

The lips are always a point of contention, especially when it comes to the workplace: do you go bold, nude or sheer? The answer can be all the above! Spring is a great excuse to go bright with a coral or rich tangerine color. And to balance it for office wear, pair it with a neutral eye. Try a light grey liner with a peachy brown shadow. Or switch it up with a sheer rose water gloss on the lips and a cool clover green and tan on the lids. As a rule of thumb, play up one feature and have the rest of your palate compliment the bolder hue.

When considering new looks and colors at work, tailor your choices to your environment. Is your company conservative? If you’re working at a bank, you may want to skip the Marilyn Monroe red lips, but if you’re in an artistic-driven industry, you may be able to show off your edge a little more. New to the office? Take cues from your co-workers. It takes a while to adjust to a different environment, but finding a way to express your own sense of style within those office walls can be the most liberating of all.

For some tips on how to apply your make-up, check out this past post from cosmetics queen Bobbi Brown herself!

 

Unclutter Your Closet and Your Mind!

By Lisa Adams, Founder of LA Closet

We all know how much better we feel when the home is clean or the desk is organized. Psychologically, it makes us feel that things are under control. Well, that feeling naturally extends to the closet. A messy closet influences what our clothes look like, how long it takes to get dressed, what we actually wear and how stressed we are getting out the door in the morning. That’s a big deal! So why not take on a spring cleaning project and get into the closet and out from under the clutter.

As a closet designer I have five top tips that I recommend – and that I live by – to keep your closet and clothing organized, and mornings running smoothly.

  • Edit, edit, edit. Even if you don’t own a lot, it is likely that you only wear half of what you have. Start by taking everything out of the closet and organizing it into piles. Then really consider each piece. Does it actually fit you? Does it flatter your figure? Is it in great shape or is there a stain or tear?  Does it meet your professional needs or at least your off-hours needs? If it doesn’t work/fit/look good – let it go. If it will work for someone else, pay it forward to Dress for Success. If it is not in good shape, just toss it.  Same goes for shoes and bags and belts. If they are in good shape, give them a good polish and get them ready for a fresh start, too.
  • Clean away the cobwebs. While the closet is empty, get in there and dust it out, wipe it down and start from scratch with a clean palate. Maybe even a fresh coat of paint if you have time.
  • Organize. As you begin putting things back into the closet, organize your clothing by work life and play life. Then within each area, keep shirts together, pants together, dresses, etc. Then line up your bags on a shelf or in a drawer and keep those shoes within easy reach. Make it easy to find what you need. Studies have found that we only wear what is visible to the eye. If it’s buried, it’s gone.
  • Plan ahead. Each evening give yourself a head start to an organized day. Figure out what you are going to wear the next morning and hang it up together. Iron if necessary – the last thing you need to do in a busy morning is get out the ironing board!
  • Maintain. When you get home in the evening, I know it is so tempting to toss your clothes on the bed/chair/floor. But it takes less than a minute to put things back where they belong. Putting them back away keeps your room clean, the clothes in better  shape and means you don’t have an overwhelming pile come Friday – when really all you should do it relax. You’ve earned it!

Lisa Adams is the founder of LA Closet, where her mission is to create wardrobe and storage spaces that are balanced functionally and aesthetically. As a designer, she sees the potential in this under-utilized, and often out of control space to add value to your home and to calm the chaos of everyday life.   Find out more about Lisa on LA Closet Design.

Sunscreen & Skincare: Incorporate SPF into Your Beauty Regime!

 

Somewhere between Victorian parasols and 1980’s foil reflectors, tanning came back in style. I’m not sure exactly when or how it happened, but women went from shading their pristine complexions with dainty accessories to baking themselves with coconut oil under the hot summer sun. But today, more and more women are realizing that taking care of their health means taking care of their skin, and that sunscreen is the first step to a more beautiful complexion. That’s right. The skincare movement is back and it’s made sunscreen its top priority, because you simply can’t have one without the other.

As a nineties baby, I’ve come to experience the ongoing battle between wanting that perfect bronze glow and fearing the consequences of too much sun exposure first-hand. On family vacations, I would slather on the tanning oil and refuse to wear sun block much to the disapproval of my parents’ watchful eye. We may have been 20 degrees from the equator—home to the strongest UV rays on Earth—but, as far as I was concerned, I was even closer to the perfect sun-kissed skin tone.

Now, as a third-year college student, I still encounter that age-old question: To tan, or not to tan? And, in a world where tanning beds are chic and sunscreen is taboo (thanks, Jersey Shore!), it can be hard to choose the right answer. Thankfully, the cringe-worthy beauty mistakes of my teenage years managed to teach me at least one thing: sunscreen and skincare never go out of style. But don’t take my word for it. Medical experts and beauty gurus around the world are saying the exact same thing.

According to WebMD, applying sunscreen on a daily basis can help reduce your risk of skin cancer and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. In fact, a recent study found that young and middle-aged adults alike can actually slow down the process of aging by up to four and half years just by regularly using sunscreen! Best of all, sunscreen is a cheap alternative to expensive anti-wrinkle creams and it’s super easy to incorporate into any beauty regime.

Not everyday is a trip to the beach, but by working some SPF into your skincare routine you can make every day a youthful one with products that enhance your natural beauty and prevent sun damage from harmful rays. Check out these four tips to get started!

1. Use broad-spectrum sunscreen as a primer. Sheer makeup does not provide enough coverage to protect you from the sun, but using a broad-spectrum sunscreen as a base for your foundation will block both UVA and UVB rays.

2. Wear makeup with SPF for an extra layer of protection. Get natural-looking coverage with a tinted moisturizer that nourishes and protects with SPF 15. Layering this on top of your sunscreen will lock in the protection you need to make it through the day.

3. Don’t forget your lips! Your lips burn just as easily as your cheeks! Burt’s Bees lip balm is an all natural solution, or you can add a fun pop of color to your look with a tinted balm!

4. Apply a long-lasting lotion for outdoor adventures. Coppertone Sport is waterproof and sweatproof! Plus, its broad-spectrum protection is oil-free. 

 

Inside Track: Tips for a Successful Job Interview

By Reesa Staten, Robert Half International

For most people, job interviews rank near the top of the list of life events that cause anxiety, and with good reason. The stakes are high in these situations, particularly if you really want — or need — the job you’re going for. 

As with most things, preparation will increase your odds of making a good first impression. I’m sure we all can remember at least one occasion when an interview did not go well, and if we’re honest, it was probably because we walked into the meeting unprepared.  

What follow are eight tips for acing the job interview. Some of these lessons I (and others) learned the hard way. I share them with you now so you have the inside track on a successful first meeting with a prospective employer.

1. Research the company and the opportunity. You should go into the interview with a beyond-the-basics knowledge of the firm. Read the company’s website, marketing materials and relevant news stories to learn its mission, history, reputation and corporate culture. A simple Google search can uncover a wide range of information. The more you know, the better able you will be to convince the hiring manager that you are an excellent match for the company and the job.

2. Practice. Enlist the help of a friend or family member and practice responses to common questions such as “Tell me about yourself,” “Where do you see yourself in five years?” and “Why do you want to work here?” And be ready for the curveballs like “Who is your favorite fictional character and why?” There are no right or wrong answers to these types of questions. The employer is looking for clues as to how you think and some insight into your personality.

3. Arrive on time. Being late is a deal breaker for most employers. One way to ensure you’re not late is to plan to arrive half an hour early. You’ll give yourself some leeway in case traffic is worse than expected or you get lost. If you find you have time to spare, use it to review your resume or check your appearance in the restroom. Arrive at reception five to 10 minutes before the interview is scheduled to start, but no earlier. 

4. Be honest. Interviewers often ask you to describe your weaknesses. While you don’t want to launch into a list of reasons they should not hire you, try to provide a little color on your work style. Saying that your greatest weakness is that you “work too hard” or “can’t help but be a perfectionist” are clichés and will make you seem insincere. Instead mention an area where you could improve and describe the steps you’ve taken to do so. Just don’t tell them you have no weaknesses. Nobody is perfect, and the employer knows this (see tip #5).

5. Be humble. Never underestimate the power of humility. Employers like to see that you are self-assured and assertive, but being overly confident or cocky will leave a bad impression. Show employers that you can take direction and that you understand the company’s business objectives. Demonstrate a willingness to learn and an openness to new ways of doing things. These are all signs you will contribute to the company in a positive way.

6. Don’t disparage past bosses. You may be asked by an interviewer why you left a particular job. Regardless of how unhappy you were in that position, avoid sounding bitter or resentful or badmouthing a former supervisor. This will prompt the hiring manager to wonder if you will be equally critical in your new job. Companies want to hire people with a history of loyalty, successful collaboration and a good attitude.  

7. Dress to impress. If you are reading this blog, you know how important it is to “Dress for Success.” First impressions count, and professional attire tells the hiring manager you take the job opportunity seriously. Make the best impression by wearing a clean, well-fitted suit, dress or similar outfit. Go easy on the accessories and the fragrance, and when in doubt, err on the side of dressing a little more conservatively.

8. Save the demands. The interview is like a first date. You are getting to know the employer, and he or she is getting to know you. Avoid giving a list of demands like salary requirements, benefits and vacation days. This tells a prospective employer you’re more concerned about the perks than the job itself. Focus your efforts instead on what you can offer the company by asking what expectations the employer has of someone in the role.       

The best advice for a successful interview? Just be yourself, show the employer you are qualified for the job, and make a persuasive case for why he or she should hire you over everyone else who interviews. And don’t be bashful about asking for the job — you just might surprise the hiring manager into saying yes!

Reesa Staten is senior vice president of Corporate Communications and director of workplace research for Robert Half International, the world’s first and largest specialized staffing firm. Staten has been writing job search advice for more than 15 years and oversees Robert Half’s extensive workplace research program. Write to her at reesa@roberthalf.com.