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Stillman Valley students learn to dress for success

Stillman Valley High School Future Business Leaders of America members pose with Men's Warehouse representatives after their Dec. 12 meeting. Photo supplied
Stillman Valley High School Future Business Leaders of America members pose with Men's Warehouse representatives after their Dec. 12 meeting. Photo supplied

Representatives from Men’s Warehouse in Rockford came to Stillman Valley High School on Dec. 12 to present “Professional Dress” to the Future Business Leaders of America.

Using a PowerPoint presentation, members learned about proper professional dress for job interviews as well as what to wear on a follow-up job interview.

Men’s Warehouse presenters were Melissa Gocha, Jason Alberts, and Chris Pomatto. Members were able to take a first-hand look at the proper types of suit coats, color of suits, ties, shirts, belts, pants/skirts, socks and shoes that are appropriate for a first and follow up interview.

“It was a very useful presentation that anyone could have used,” FBLA Vice President Logan Apsey said.

“I found it very enriching,” Adviser Ryan Read said. “And for someone who always wants to teach what is the best dress for professionalism, this presentation was very educational and engaging.”

Before the interview, applicants were taught to research the company that is interviewing them so that they are prepared to ask questions about the company and their activities. Men’s Warehouse also shared with the FBLA members how to prepare for an interview, and encouraged them to arrive at least 15 minutes early for any interview.

They also stressed the importance of first impressions on an interview, and shared their personal stories about candidates that they have interviewed for jobs at their store. After the interview has been completed, the applicants were told to always follow up the interview with either a thank you letter or an email.

“This was great timing,” Adviser Cathie Murphy said. “Next month we head into Regional competition and our members need to be professional dress to compete. Now they are armed with knowledge about professional dress and have the ability to make better dress choices.”