CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Career Services at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi hosted another successful Get the Job Fashion Show and Business Attire Sale on Thursday, Oct. 1 in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom. Career Services continues to be a proud sponsor of this event that was initiated 18 years ago by Dr. Cheryl Hein, with the College of Business.
Dr. Kelly Quintanilla, Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, served as the fashion show’s master of ceremonies. During the show, she shared professional dressing tips with the student audience.
“Non-verbal communication, including your attire, is very important,” Quintanilla told the crowd. “The people hiring you will first look at your resume, and make a judgement. Then they will meet you for the first time and make another judgment. You want your attire during that first meeting to be something that enhances your resume, not something that acts as a hindrance.”
The runway show was split up into three categories: What to wear to an interview, what to wear once you have the job, and what not to wear. Outfits in the “job interview” category included dark suits with conservative accent colors, no facial hair for the gentlemen and panty hose for the ladies. Outfits in the second category included less formal business wear with brighter pops of color and small items of flair. Outfits in the “what not to wear to work” category were modeled by professors and staff which added an element of fun to the show. Their wardrobes included shorts, flip flops, and tennis shoes.
“We are pleased that we can offer this type of program to students,” said Dr. Stefani Schomaker, Associate Director of Career Services. “It directly impacts their ability to develop professional skills as they transition from the campus environment to the world of work.”
After the runway show, students were invited to purchase deeply discounted business attire that had been previously donated by the public and campus community. Every item was priced at $10 or less.
“We were pleasantly surprised by the turnout at the business attire sale,” said Schomaker. “It appeared we had over 200 customers which contributed to our ability to raise just over $900. We are so grateful to the campus and Corpus Christi communities for their generosity in donating for this event.”
Proceeds from the sale benefit Delta Sigma Pi, the business fraternity. The fraternity will use the money to travel to conferences and to support general group operations.
Career Services at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi offers a variety of services to Islander students including career counseling, industry-specific career fairs, mock interviews, job search assistance, resume reviews, internship information, and the Hire an Islander online job board. Learn more at http://career-services.tamucc.edu/.