Mujer, ¡felicidades on getting an interview! Regardless of whether this is a first or second interview, this is a big deal, especially as our nation experiences an 11.1% unemployment rate. Let’s be real. Interviews aren’t fun. The anxiety-inducing activity of talking about yourself is weird, but we all have to do it.
Let’s remember the words of advice from nuestra amiga Karla which state how clothing has the power to elevate our mood and add that extra bit of confidence that we all need to put our best foot forward.
While some of us might be hustling to find a primary job or a secondary income, dressing for success shouldn’t break the bank.
If you’re looking to freshen up your video interview attire while sticking to your budget, you’ve come to the right place! Here are a few tips to help you get started:
- Shop used — Secondhand shopping is the most environmentally sustainable way to enhance your wardrobe without hurting mother nature. Americans throw away 14 million tons of clothing each year. These textiles remain in our environment for up to 200 years, and in some cases, discarded clothing is so prevalent that it needs to be incinerated. Purchasing secondhand clothing from companies like ThredUp and Poshmark is a great way to add professional clothing items at a fraction of the cost.
- My eyes are up here — Since the interview process has gone virtual, remember that you don’t need an entire outfit to dress to impress. Throw on a blazer over your favorite blouse, and you’ve leveled up your jefa game while keeping your bottom half comfortable. Get the most out of your blazer, choose one in a neutral color, and accentuate your style with a patterned blouse or top.
- Add some pieces of flare — Virtual meetings are more demanding cognitively than face-to-face meetings, which rely a lot on visual cues. It becomes more challenging to determine whether someone is paying attention, wants to speak, and so forth, which is why choosing accessories that reflect your personality is vital. We love accessories like handmade clay earrings from La Luna Designs, Life in Mauve, and Romina Power Clay Collective.
One of the best ways to get excited for your interview is to grab your best chicas and try out your new-to-you, secondhand outfit via a virtual fashion show. Plus, it never hurts to have our besties gush over how fantastic we are.
Ponte las pilas y protect nuestra planeta while making your next jefa move.