College to Present ‘Dress for Success’ Workshop for Students

April 11, 2019

Prada: ‘Fashion Is Instant Language’

Job-seekers have one chance to make a good first impression and Wilmington College students will have an opportunity to make sure they arrive at that interview with confidence and the appearance that will open doors.

The College’ Career Services is presenting a “Dress for Success” workshop Wednesday (April 17), at 5 p.m., in Pyle Center Rooms C&D. Students will have an opportunity to not only learn about making a good physical impression, but also have the opportunity to win prizes and view a fashion show.

Fashion designer Miuccia Prada said, “What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.”

Marta Wilkinson, associate professor of English, will present on how best to impress in the interview and business setting. She will share such words of wisdom as: “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have,” “55 percent of another person’s perception of you is based on how you look” and “75 percent of recruiters believe that how a person dresses for work affects one’s job, salary and possible promotions.”

Wilkinson will distinguish between such popular dress modes as “Business Professional,” Business Casual,” “Business Ready” and “Casual Casual,” in addition to specifics on making a good impression and building a professional wardrobe.

Speaking of building a professional wardrobe, those in attendance will have a chance to walk away with free clothing.

Anita Stanley, from the Academic Affairs Office, is donating professional attire in memory of her mother, Virginia “Jenny” Stanley, who worked at J.C. Penney for decades and accumulated racks of clothing, much of which would be appropriate for use in the interview/business setting.

The program will culminate in the TOP of Pyle with a fashion show at 6 p.m. moderated by WC’s Chip Murdock.