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3 Interview Getups PLUS Enter to Win an iPhone 4s & $200 American Express Gift Card!

Look the part at your interviews with one of these three Getups that cover casual, smart casual, and business offices. We’re pitching in to help one lucky reader by giving away an iPhone 4s and a $200 American Express gift card.

 




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The hardest part about building your career is getting it started. And in a job climate that’s as arid as the Sahara, job seekers need all the help they can get, especially if they’re just out of college with little professional experience.

Enter BeKnown from Monster. BeKnown is a job networking utility app built right into Facebook. “Wait, stop right there. I don’t want to integrate my professional life with my questionable photos from college and the inappropriately personal comments from Aunt Mildred on my wall.” I hear you, brother – that’s what makes BeKnown so interesting.

While it’s a fully integrated experience, BeKnown keeps business and pleasure separate. Your BeKnown profile is disconnected from your Facebook profile, and it remains that way. One of the coolest parts about the app is its networking aspects. You don’t have to be Facebook friends to connect to someone on BeKnown. BeKnown automatically matches job opportunities for you based on your Facebook profile. The Monster job search is built right in, and you can see job openings at your friends’ companies. How cool is that?

Your completed BeKnown profile acts as your virtual resume that can be used in your job search, and it can even be printed from a PDF version, useful for both job seekers and employers alike.

The folks at BeKnown know just like we do how hard the job search can be. Interview clothes can be expensive, and being able to work on your job search from anywhere requires some modern mobile technology. That’s why we’ve teamed up with them to give away a brand-spanking new iPhone 4s and a $200 American Express gift card to one lucky winner. Head over to our Facebook page to enter! And while you’re there, give BeKnown a look-see.

Only half the job search can be performed in your underwear from your bedroom – the other half requires looking the part with face to face meetings and interviews, and that’s where Primer comes in.

Everyone knows making a great first impression is everything, so we’ve enlisted in-house style expert and mastermind behind Image Granted, Grant Harris. He’s developed 3 interview Getups, each specifically tailored to a different office environment. While wearing a suit to every interview is a safe bet, sometimes insider knowledge of the company or culture will influence your style decisions for the big day. We’ve got one for smart casual offices; it’ll keep you looking sharp without looking overdressed. A casual Getup for all you lucky laid-back office culture folks. And a conservative, corporate Getup that allows you to look your best without standing out like the weirdo with the neon tie.

All three Getups are interactive, so if you see an item you’d like to purchase or get more info on just click on it.

Congrats to Elizabeth B. for winning the giveaway! Stay tuned, we’ve got some more exciting things planned!.

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Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page.

 
  • http://www.wsd.co.il Yonezet

    As an released soldier who now goes out to the interview world, What to wear is a great question, I think in the end it all depends on the job-style.
    If you`re gonna be mall security man, there is no need for suit, but if you`re going for some “big-shot” job interview, a suit is right on spot.

  • Ken

    Andrew,

    While I love your website and generally find your getup suggestions spot on, I have to disagree on some points here. Even in casual interviews, I would stray from bold patterned shirts and knit ties. The tattersal is ok, but the plaid is stretching it. You can’t ever go wong if you stay in the plain white or blue category. In job interviews, conservative is king. And no matter what the interview is for… shirt, tie, dress shoes required. Oh, and make sure that shirt and tie are buttoned all the way up. Not everyone appreciates the J Crew look.

  • http://www.primermagazine.com Andrew

    Ken,

    I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree. :)

    Most folks wear a polo shirt to casual interviews, anything better than that is a step in the right direction. I don’t agree that knit ties and patterned shirts are out of place in a casual interview, it shows that this person can look sharp casually. Conservative and boring are not the same thing.

  • Andrew Mac

    Wait, I can’t sign up for the Primer Giveaway on the Primer website?

  • http://www.primermagazine.com Andrew

    Yep, head over to our Facebook page to enter:
    http://www.facebook.com/PrimerMagazine

  • CS

    I have that Calvin Klein bag and love it, but it should be noted that those buckled straps are decorative and not adjustable. The buckles are sewn in that position and the bad has magnetic closures instead. A seam ripper takes care of the issue, but since the straps are pleather, there will be noticeable line where the stitch used to be.

  • Alan

    Always love your commentary, Andrew. But I’m not sure this new “style expert” really understands how to put together an outfit. I disagree with several of his suggestions – sorry. The hunter green sweater vest with the red tie shows absolutely no flow between coloring. Then throw in those brown/red striped socks with a red/navy plaid shirt? It really just looks like a hodgepodge of pieces randomly put together. No continunity in color or style. Then you look at the corporate interview – the navy and gold tie and paired with a light blue shirt – no match whatsoever. Then you throw in the gray pocket square which picks up no color from the tie OR shirt – it looks like it doesn’t belong at all. Andrew, always loved your style but this one misses the mark.

  • http://www.primermagazine.com Andrew

    Alan,

    Interesting perspective. The casual outfit might be my favorite. The green cardigan provides a nice wrapper to the rest of the bright colors, and blends with the earthtones of the pants, shoes, and bag – effectively tying the top half to the rest. We’re using the shirt and tie to add pop to otherwise drab colors.

    The socks bring the red of the tie and watch together with the brown of the pants and shoes, so I disagree with you there.

    I’m not seeing what your concern is with a light blue shirt with a navy/gold tie, that’s a classic “prep” look. The gray pocket square could easily have been white, but the light gray is pulled from the charcoal suit and provides a less harsh contrast, appropriate for a conservative setting more than the white.

    Style, much like any art is subjective. We’re bound to disagree more than just this once. :)

  • David

    Alan and Andrew,

    Is that cardigan really green? It looks dark gray/blackish on my monitor. Either I am going color blind or my monitor settings must be off. Either way, I really like that casual getup.

  • Kevin

    The link for the lands end cap toes goes to the pants.

    • http://www.primermagazine.com Andrew

      Kevin, Sorry about that! It’s fixed.

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