Making your professional wardrobe POP!

By: Tracey Shane

When it comes to dressing professionally, developing a wardrobe or even just an outfit can take a lot of time and effort to perfect. Many times, when putting together a professional look, one can fall into the habit of dressing in the same color scheme day in and day out. Neutral colors and black are perfect for simplicity and they keep any look chic. It is important to add a pop of color every now and then. Here is three ways you can make your professional style pop.

  • Add color through accessories, jewelry, and makeup

    One of the easiest ways to add color into any look is through the use of accessories! By pairing colorful necklaces, earrings, scarves, or shoes can pack a punch and really make any look stand out. You can also try switching out your favorite lipstick color to something more bold as well. Just keep in mind that the rest of your makeup should be pretty neutral, and don’t go to crazy with neon colors.
  • Make prints your new best friend

    Colorful prints are perfect for incorporating color into your wardrobe. The simplest thing to do is pick out a top or bottom with a flattering print and pair it with your favorite pair of black pants. Simple as that! Make sure the print you select isn’t too distracting though.
  • Find the right color for you

    Finding the right color scheme to incorporate into your looks is key! Test out a variety of colors and see which ones look the best and make you feel the best. Then add staples [pants, skirts, tops] in that color to your closet.  

Now get out there and shine bright like a rainbow!

Together We Can Open All Doors for Women

By: Tracey Shane

At Dress for Success, we believe in the tremendous power of women helping other women. It’s what inspired our first suiting and it’s what will continue to inspire, well beyond our millionth. And it’s what will keep our doors open for decades to come.

Dress for Success Salt Lake City is excited to announce the #OpenDoorProject. The #OpenDoorProject is all about the inspiration you found from other women while finding your own success. Who were the women who helped you along the way, and opened the doors for you so you could achieve success? It is time to share your story and help empower other women who are looking for those very same doors that you may have once needed.

Join us by sharing your story. Grab your favorite pair of shoes, snap a pick, and share your own #OpenDoorProject story. Together we can help empower all women and open every door.

Learn more and donate at dfsopendoorproject.org.

Today is the day to #leaveyourMARK

By: Tracey Shane

Hallelujah, March 30th is finally here which means it is the official online day of giving for #LoveUTGiveUT! For the next 24 hours when you donate to Dress for Success Salt Lake City you will be entered to win a three-year lease on a brand new 2017 Subaru Impreza. How cool is that? If you love Utah then give back to Utah. Not only will your donation help our organization thrive, but it will directly impact the women in your communities who may need our help the most.

Our organization has been able to grow so much since our opening in 2015. It is with our great pleasure, and with much excitement, to announce that we have officially secured our new location in downtown Salt Lake City. The progress we’ve made over the past two years has all been possible because of our gracious sponsors, donors, and volunteers. We cannot wait to share Dress for Success downtown and to be accessible for everyone!

Even though tremendous strides have been made in order for our organization to be where it is today there is still a lot of work that needs to be done. Which is why we need your help! By donating to Dress for Success you will not only impact the lives of the women who need our services most, but you can help change the lives of their families and friends.

Every woman deserves to achieve economic independence. Our mission is to be able to provide the services they may need in order to secure that, while also being a place of support and guidance. With your help, we can make this possible for every woman-in-need here in Utah. Together we are stronger, and together we can ensure that these women, and so much more, will keep Going Places and Going Stronger.

Donate TODAY and #leaveyourMARK.   
 

Thank You!

Love Utah by Giving Back

By: Tracey Shane

Tomorrow is the day to show your love for Utah. It is the day to show your support for Utah’s communities and the beautiful people that live and thrive within its boundaries. March 30th is the official day of giving and it is the last day to show your support and #leaveyourMARK by donating to Dress for Success Salt Lake City through #LoveUTGiveUT.

Us here at Dress for Success Salt Lake City can’t thank our sponsors, donors, and volunteers enough for their love and support during the month of March. It has been a tremendous honor to be a part of such an amazing cause, but there is still time if you are looking to give back. By donating to our organization you will directly be providing our services to women in Utah who need our help the most. We have some amazing plans for the future of Dress for Success here in Salt Lake City, and because of the generosity Utahan’s have given by participating in #LoveUTGiveUT we are destined to make our goals a reality.

Our mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. With your support, we can make it possible for all women-in-need in Utah to have these things and so much more.


Thank You

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Make March Matter

By: Tracey Shane

How crazy is it that March is almost over? Spring has already started to bloom here in Salt Lake, and we are a days away from April officially taking over. The craziest thing is that #LoveUTGiveUT official day of giving is only 2 short days away! All good things must come to an end, but there is still time to support, donate and give back to Dress for Success Salt Lake City.

Dress for Success Salt Lake City not only wishes to be a place of guidance for women in need who are eager to find employment, but we also wish to be a haven for those women who need our encouragement and support. We can accomplish these goals and so much more with your help!

Through your support our organization can continue to grow and serve the women in our local communities who need our help the most. Over the past year we have made tremendous progress, and it’s all been possible because of the generosity Utahan’s have shown us and continue to give us. We can’t thank our local communities enough, but there is still a great deal of work for our organization to do in order for us to achieve our goals.

If you love Utah, then give back to Utah - #leaveyourMARK by donating to Dress for Success Salt Lake City during the final week of March! Your donation will not only help us continue to provide  and expand our services, but it will directly impact the women in Utah’s communities who may need our help the most. Your donation will help women to keep going places and going strong.

 

Share with your friends and spread the word!


Thank you!

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#leaveyourMARK with Love UT Give UT

By: Tracey Shane

Dress for Success Salt Lake City was founded in 2015 and is an affiliate of Dress for Success the global non-profit organization. Our organization empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Providing our services to the women who have visited us has been a rewarding and inspirational endeavor, but we are determined here at Dress for Success to continue developing our legacy. We are determined to make it possible for all the women in need in Utah to be able to benefit from our organization. Which is why we need your help!

Dress for Success is thrilled to be a part of this years #LoveUTGiveUT! From now until March 30th you can make a difference by donating to Dress for Success Salt Lake City. Every donation you make gets us closer to winning additional cash prizes from our sponsors, and enters you into a chance to win a free 3-year lease on a brand new Subaru Impreza from Mark Miller Subaru!

We are currently located in Draper, Utah, but we have quickly outgrown our current space and are looking to expand closer to downtown or be conveniently located near TRAX. Dress for Success Salt Lake City is honored to be a part of Salt Lake's diverse and growing community and to be a place of support for the women who live and deserve to flourish within its boundaries.  

If you love Utah, then give back to Utah - #leaveyourMARK by donating to Dress for Success Salt Lake City during the month of March! Your donation will not only help us continue to provide  and expand our services, but it will directly impact the women in Utah’s communities who may need our help the most. Your donation will help women to keep going places and going strong.

Share with your friends and spread the word!

Thank you!

Warrior Angels Founder Shares Secret to Confidence

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Warrior Angels is an organization geared towards building confidence  and empowering women through the development of the '10 Warrior Virtues': Courage, Truth, Honor, Justice, Fidelity, Discipline, Self-Reliance, Resolution, Tranquility, and Vigor. Warrior Angels is also incredibly active and dedicated to giving back to the women in their community. We recently had the opportunity to ask the founder of this group, Debi Earle, a few questions.

1. What inspired you to start your group, Warrior Angels?

That's simple... God. I started learning how to shoot a couple of years ago and fell in love. I didn't grow up shooting, and in my first marriage, my former husband had a gun that I had to hide, so I wasn't ever inclined to learn. Going through some very intense domestic violence situations left me feeling very vulnerable and lacking in the skill of taking care of myself and my children. 

After going through a tumultuous divorce, I remarried and my husband took me to a couples safety class done by Randy Watt (now police chief of Ogden city) of One Warriors Creed. It was a force-on-force based training, and I failed miserably. But I didn't let that get me down. I fell in love with the challenge of being better, learning a new skill, and being the example to women that had gone through situations similar to mine. So I kept training, pushed through frustration and failure, and with Randy's help, took my power back. I now attend every training and have the confidence to know I can take care of myself, my children, and others if something were to occur. 

I also have a psychology and health/fitness background that I have been able to draw from, and a love of serving. I keep learning and growing every chance I have. Whether it be by reading, listening to podcasts, or continuing to learn through new skill sets. I've also, this past month, started to take up Krav Maga (Israeli combatives) to learn how to protect myself through self defense application, since this is another area I know very little about. 

My goal is simple. I love humanity. I absolutely love the training that I've received and love to serve humanity with the gifts and talents I've been blessed with and have had the ability to develop. I'm a civilian with no background in any of this stuff, a wife, a mother of a blended family of 10 children, a daughter, a sister, and a retired Mary Kay sales director. My plate is full, but I'm driven to help other women grow and feel empowered through sharing my experiences. I'm the liaison, the bridge in the tactical world. I'm not a competitive shooter, I'm a gun fighter, a bad guy stunt woman (I play the bad guy during the majority of trainings as well as with police/swatt/and military), and soon to be martial artist, amongst of a myriad of things I want to become. 

I just want to inspire others to be better through action. True leaders do that, through example. I want women to look at me and say, if she can do that, I can do it. We've accomplished some pretty incredible things over the last almost 4 months that we have been around, and I plan to do even bigger things as my group of Warrior Angels grow. 

2. Advice/Motivation for women trying to gain confidence?

Keep learning, be willing and ready to fail, and learn from the lesson. The greatest things I have learned in my life did not come from my successes, they came from my failures. We learn the most when things are hard, we fall, or fail miserably. But that's when the greatest transformation has the ability to occur.... will we continue on and try again? Or stay down and become a victim of life?

There are daily teachers all around us, and if we are willing to listen and learn, we will grow, as will our confidence. If we refuse, our growth will be hindered and we will become stagnant, never really accomplishing anything great. The journey is what makes us who we are. This is where the true successes are had and where the confidence comes from, continuing on in the face of adversity. 


Find Warrior Angels on Facebook to learn more about the organization and how you can get involved. Do you know an inspiring woman that you think should be recognized? Email us at hello@dfssaltlake.org. 

The Do(s) and Don't(s) of Interviewing

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Interviewing, like most things, comes with it's own set of rules and guidelines. Let's take a look at some of the most common things that you should do, or not do, on your next interviews:

Do(s):

  • Dress for Success – Dress for the job you want. Research the standards for the field and dress accordingly. 

  • Visit the restroom before the interview or in between interviews if it is an all day process

  • Make good eye contact at all times

  • Be prepared for common interview questions, but do not have canned answers or replies

  • Look for something in common with interviewer by viewing items in their office or from their background (ask your consultant)

  • Take this opportunity to sell yourself—keep focused and do not let any information you hear during the interview affect your intensity or "game face"

  • Use common sense —be aware of the audience and surroundings from the moment you walk in the door until you leave

  • Listen to each question carefully and ask them to repeat the question if you need clarification

  • Demonstrate good body language—intensity, positive, enthusiastic…this communicates a lot about you and is always being evaluated

  • Get business cards and contact information from everyone you meet

  • Make sure you tell people "I like what I heard and am interested in the next step"

  • When answering questions, be concise and do not ramble on - avoid answering with yes or no

  • Take extra copies of your resume and references with you…always be prepared

  • Take good notes to use for follow-up

  • Be early and take a few minutes to get a feel for the culture and surroundings

Don't(s):

  • Checkout during the interview (the goal is to get to the next step)

  • Have any physical distractions (dress, jewelry, perfumes etc.) that would affect the interviewer

  • Oversell yourself to the point it becomes a negative

  • Appear overconfident (sell yourself but also be humble when appropriate)

  • Make up an answer or exaggerate your accomplishments or technical skills (it will cause you problems)

  • Have a cell phone or beeper on during the interview – it is best not to bring them into the interview

  • Talk too much. The interview needs to be a two way dialogue and more of a conversation

  • Chew gum or use any body language that could be a possible distraction

  • Ask about money or benefits unless the interviewer specifically brings it up

  • Drink alcohol if going out to a lunch or dinner with the interviewer (use your good judgment)

  • Talk negative about your current or former job to include bosses, peers, company culture, etc.

Questions? Comments? Want us to talk about something specific? Let us know below!

The Phone Interview

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Last week we addressed the 10 most common interview questions and how to prepare for them. Today we're going to talk about the phone interview. There are two main reasons for a phone interview. Not only is it your opportunity to sell the company on "why you want the position" or "what you bring to the table" but it is also the fastest way to qualify the position as the right fit for your job search. If you are interested in the position, or not, then tell the interviewer specifically. It's always okay to be politely assertive.

Setting:

Set aside an hour in a place that you'll be comfortable and can talk confidentially without interruption. 

Attitude:

Your enthusiasm and animation will be important in conveying your interest. Make sure that you are alert and ready. Be honest and try to relax. Always remember that the interview is a conversation and try to avoid long responses to questions.

Preparation:

Always obtain some background on the company. You should visit their website and prepare several questions about the opportunity and position. Be ready to summarize your "having" attributes such as education or work experience and your "doing" attributes, which are quantifiable things you have done that have added value to your employer.

Things to Avoid:

- What's in it for me? Avoid any comments that allow the interviewer to perceive that you are primarily concerned with what the opportunity provides for you rather then what you can do for them.

- Avoid the negative.  Don't overtly criticize your current/former employer. Be positive, tactful, and professional throughout the entire conversation.

- Avoid "Yes" or "No" responses. Always expand on direct questions and sell yourself at every opportunity.

Salary Question. Let the company initiate the discussion on money. Your first telephone interview is not the time to start an in-depth salary discussion.

Closing the Call:

If you are interested in the position then tell them specifically. If you have decided you are not interested any longer, let them know so they don't waste their time and yours in follow-ups. Ask them what the next step is. Tell them you're interested in a personal interview. After concluding the interview, immediately send them a brief email thanking them for their time and expressing your desire to move forward.

Phone interviews, like in-person interviews, can seem intimidating and scary, but they don't have to be. Practice your interview skills over the phone with a friend and study the ten questions from last week. Questions? Comments? Leave them below and check back next week to learn more about how to do great on your next interview.

 

10 "Common" Interview Questions & Answers

Over the next few weeks we are going to share some tips to help you succeed in your next interview. Today we're going to go over common interview questions and how you should prepare to answer them. These are questions that you will typically hear throughout various stages of the interview process. We recommend that you prepare ahead of time for these questions, which will facilitate your ability present the best you in your interview.

Question One: Tell me about yourself?

Your answer should be no more than two to three minutes. Be clear, concise, and logical in your delivery. Pick a specific starting point, and whenever possible, illustrate positives instead of negatives and accomplishments rather than failures. 

Question Two: Why are you leaving your current position?

This is a tough question. You never want to talk in the negative about any aspect of your previous employer, while not coming across as a sales person. Fired? Just say so, and talk about what you learned and will change moving forward. Whatever your answer, be truthful and talk in the positive. 

Question Three: What do you like or dislike most about your current position?

Be careful with your answer, specifically in regards to things you dislike. The interviewer is probing to see if there are potential obstacles with their open position. Instead, utilize this as an opportunity to talk about the positives of your previous position; learned technical skills, challenges and areas of personal growth. The golden rule is not to talk in the negative about previous or current management, and always present a positive image.

Question Four: What are your most significant strengths?

Be prepared with at least three specific strengths. You will want to qualify the strengths with specific examples and quantifiable accomplishments. Discuss strengths that would be applicable, advantageous to the open position and facilitate results in regards to your performance.

Question Five: What are your most significant weaknesses?

Provide areas that you have identified and been working on to improve. You can actually turn it into a positive or strength if you can communicate specific improvement. The goal is to turn the fault into a character quality.

Question Six: What is your most significant career accomplishment?

This is an important answer. Your past performance and accomplishments are the best indicator of future performance! Prepare an answer that goes into who, what, where and why of the accomplishment and relate the results it had on the organization. Talk about the details and your personal involvement if it was a team accomplishment.

Question Seven: How do you work under pressure and stress?

It is important to illustrate your ability to perform in pressure and stressful situations. People who are top performers have the ability to work well under pressure. It is recommended that you provide a specific example of an accomplishment in a stressful situation, why it was stressful and the details of how you overcame the adversity.

Question Eight: Why should we hire you for this position?

Your objective is to summarize the qualities and strengths you bring to the organization, show how your past accomplishments predict your success in the role and most importantly, reveal how you can help them overcome the immediate challenges in the position. You want to let them know that you feel confident about your ability to make a contribution to the team, but not come across as egotistical.

Question Nine: Describe a situation in which you failed.

It is important to recognize that the best people in business fail. You have to be able to communicate the failure, the potential effect on the organization and most critical, how you overcame the failure and succeeded. The interviewer is trying to gauge your ability to recognize your mistakes and how you react when faced with adversity.

Question Ten: What are your career goals?

Where do you see yourself in five years? Be honest and realistic with yourself. Think about where you want to be in five years and communicate that answer to the interviewer. Be careful not to tell them what you think they want to hear because this can get you into trouble. Your answer should incorporate that if given the opportunity you want to still be with the organization in a role allowing you to make an even stronger contribution with greater responsibility.

Before your interview practice these questions. If possible, practice your answers in front of a mirror or another person.  Practicing your answers will give you more confidence in your ability to interview. Do you have an interview question you need help with or advice to give other people with their interviews? Leave it in the comments.

Why You Should Donate to DFS Salt Lake

Friends,

One year ago we launched Dress for Success Salt Lake City, a non-profit dedicated to serving women in our community by providing hope, support, and the confidence to succeed.  You are why we exist today. Thank you so much for helping us affect positive change in our community. We were, and are, continuously amazed and humbled by the generosity exhibited by you. You are a constant reminder of how engaged people can make big things happen.

This week we're thinking about that again. Running our organization is extremely rewarding and we rely on your kindness and charity to keep going. We are incredibly fortunate to be located in a place with such amazing people and I want to urge everyone to donate.

I don't want to demand that of anyone here—that’s not my place. But I do have one important value that I feel compelled to share; the value of compassion. 

We serve women of all walks of life. Our referrals come from domestic violence shelters, drug rehab, disability centers, employment services, and homeless shelters. We serve women who want to take the next step professionally, single mothers with children at home, women who have survived abuse at the hands of their husbands and boyfriends, and women who have beaten drug addiction. No matter what their background, they are dreamers striving for a better future. Let's help them get there.

We are proud to be part of their story and this year we have had many great successes. While this has been amazing, it has also caused some operational problems within our organization. The biggest of these problems is that DFS Salt Lake has OUTGROWN the space that was generously donated to us! We receive so many referrals and clothing donations that we need to move to a larger space this month or we will have to turn away women that desperately need our help to obtain jobs that will help secure their family's situation.

A new location will allow us to accept all much-needed donations and will give us the space to create a beautiful and welcoming space with changing rooms, allowing us to outfit up to three women at a time. We will be able to facilitate all of the referrals that we are sent and help us reach our goal of suiting 70 more women this year by Christmas. 

We have a new location picked out and urgently need your help paying the deposit and lease. Through your kindness, we will be able to help over women improve their family's situation before Christmas. 

It costs us approximately $100 to serve one women fully through the Dress for Success experience. Our $25,000 goal will help us serve 250 women, including 70 more before Christmas. Moving into a new space gives us greater capacity to serve more women in less time. What better Christmas gift than to change a life by giving the hope, confidence, and tools to a woman in need? 

Right now we are putting too many women "on hold" until we have the ability to help them. Dress For Success Salt Lake City is a 501(c)3 charitable organization so your gift is 100% tax deductible. Will you help by making a donation below?


Marina Agloro Executive Director marina@dfssaltlake.org

Marina Agloro
Executive Director
marina@dfssaltlake.org

Our motto has always been "Going places, going strong" and because of your support women will be able to do just that. They will have the confidence to pursue their passions, the courage to advocate for themselves, and the hope for a better future. Imagine how many women will be able to say they turned their lives around, because of you. Thank you.

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