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The look: Initial job interview

Have you ever looked this professional? "No!" says Caitlin Schmid, 21 •You can't go wrong with traditional business attire: a suit (for men and women). •Invest the time to try on many, many options at the store. (She tried on nine.) •Cover up; no cleavage or bare arms •Department store personal shoppers can help, and they're usually free; call for an appointment. •Makeup (with a light touch) shows you care about your appearance. •Jewelry is good — but not flashy or jangly. •Don't show your toes: No sandals; choose closed-toe basic pumps. •Invest in alterations, especially for pants and sleeve length. •Clean, manicured hands with no or classic (not bright) polish. •Add a business case or no-logo tote to complete the look, hold your resume. Her new outfit: Jacket, $128 reduced to $24.99; pants, $79.90; top, $39.90, all the Limited, thelimited.com; necklace and earrings, $25.65, Charter Club, Macy's, macys.com. Her own shoes. Total: $170.44William DeShazer, Chicago Tribune
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