CEO, Dress for Success Worldwide Offers Tips on Getting Hired in a Tough Economy

CEO, Dress for Success Worldwide Offers Tips on Getting Hired in a Tough Economy

One of my favorite not-for-profit organizations for job seekers trying to
get hired in this tough economy is Dress for Success Worldwide.  Founded in 1997 by Nancy Lublin in
New York, it 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
their work and life. They currently have 110 affiliates in 9 countries and are
establishing a Central regional office in

New York-based, CEO, Joi Gordon has been the driver of success for this
organization since 1999 and has these tips for getting hired in a tough

Here's her tips:


Network - it's the best way for find anyone to find
a job

    • Reach out to friends and former
    • Join a professional organization in
      your field of interest, networking group, or alumni group
    • Utilize social networking sites,
      especially those geared towards the professional world (i.e. LinkedIn)
  • Educate yourself
    • Earn a professional certificate - more
      affordable and takes less time to complete than a Master's (or Bachelor's
      degree), while gaining skills
    • Be open to learning new skills and
      stay on top of technological trends
  • Be open to new possibilities
    • Do some soul-searching before deciding
      your next move - find a job that you will enjoy, find meaningful and
    • Expand your search to include fields
      and industries that may be new to you
    • Look for non-traditional jobs
    • Discover your transferable skills. Adjust your résumé and cover letter
      to highlight transferable skills. 
      You should have several versions of
      your résumé for different types of positions
  • Put your best foot forward - remember you are competing with more
    people for fewer jobs, so make sure you stand out in a positive way
    • Have friends review your résumé and
      cover letter to make sure there are no typos
    • Practice your interview - both phone
      and in person interviews. Get people that you trust to give you honest
      feedback on your strengths and weaknesses when interviewing - and improve
      on your weaknesses
    • Seek out assistance from one-stop
      career centers, non-profits, libraries
  • Stay active - tips to consider whether you're
    employed and want to change careers, were laid off or want to get back into
    the workforce
    • Volunteer at a local non-profit
    • Find a part-time job in field that
      interests you
    • Pick-up a freelance job
    • Consider consulting at small
      businesses that may not have the budget for a full-time employee

more information on this organization check out their website at




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