The look: Got the internship

"My friends walked right past me," said Juan "Gabe" Perez. "They didn't know it was me." •Shave! Or if you have a beard, trim it neatly. •Look well-groomed; get a haircut. Unless it's a highly creative job, flip-flops, jeans and gym shoes are out. •Tuck in your shirt (men and women). •Details count. Polished shoes, pressed shirt and pants; a belt. •Suit and tie for the interview but then dress like your co-workers. •If pants touch the ground, get them hemmed (most dry cleaners can help). •Shirts look best when professionally laundered. •Tattoos should be covered; remove facial piercings. •When shopping, always ask if there's a discount with your student ID. His new outfit: Pants, $98.50; shirt, $79.50; reversible black/brown belt, $59, all Banana Republic. His own shoes. Total: $237
William DeShazer, Chicago Tribune
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