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New Shoes!!

I’ve recently gotten a job in an office setting, and I’m worried that I don’t have the clothes to look professional. I know WHAT to wear (no leggings!). But in order to GET professional clothes I NEED money - so how can I dress to impress before getting my first paycheck (which might be about three weeks away…) Help! I’m not sure what to do, especially about shoes since they can be more expensive if you want them to look good… any tips on how to bend the dress code in an office setting?? What’s the minimum requirement for looking professional?

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William Agnew
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Hi Jessica! Go to a Goodwill and explain your situation to the manager. While the clothing is not new, some is Like new! They should give them to you, no charge. Good luck and congratulations on your new job!

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Tiffany Evans
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Hello jessica, ive looked up some programs for you. So you can go to, angel help network.. And what they do is donate clothes to help women like yourself. With shoes i found mine at wal- mart for five dollars great deal they mactch everything and any outfit you might wear.. But i have to say, there not made for winter wear, so what i would do is wear your boots or shoes to work and once you get there, change your shoes, in the car or office.. Until you can afford better shoes, but they do match any outfit, weather i be a dress, suit, dress pants. They will match and here are some other suggestions for clothes, dress for success, www.fashion/life. These are things you can Google. I hope i was able to help you and good luck. Congrats on the new job!!

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Confidentiality & Integrity at the Workplace.

If you look for a long lasting business relationship with your Employer, Confidentiality & Integrity are highly essecials for the life of your career or business relationship. Even at the floor level, the two carasteristics go hand by hand and dealing with sensitive information of any subject, processes procedures including the safety of documents and the entire workforces is critical and must be practice in all you do. Nowadays, if you say the wrong statement, behave eracticly and make innapropiate comments about the company, co-workers, procedures or top managers desicion making processes, it can land you on the black list at the Human Resources department in a heartbeat. When you decide to make any statement in the workplace, (even through social media) look who you are talking to and who is around you that will hear your voice. I assure you, that your comments will travel the entire facility to key individuals that will hunt you up to your termination of employment. So, "Mind your own Business" Be Competitive, Be Good, Be You and practice "Confidentiality & Integrity" all the time.

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Ashley Wilson
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Great advice Carlos Perez ! I think it's very important to take the time to build that rapport with your employer and those you work with. As you mentioned it's also important to be mindful of what we say and how er treat others.

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helen b
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Thank you for sharing this Carlos. Too many people feel that the employer owes them a job for life. The bottom line is that companies expect for employees to be professional regardless if the company itself carries itself in that way. Some are too free with bad mouthing the company and their colleagues and forget that there are repercussions for your actions. People should keep their negative thoughts to themselves and or share that only with a trusting confidant. Too often you share information and you never who is going to use that information for personal gain. Some people operate like spies their eyes are always open and when they hear something negative run and tell the person or the boss what they heard. If you have a problem speak to that person individually going around the person's back and telling others is the cowards way of handling the problem. We all have opinions and when something is none of your business even though you have an opinion keep it to yourself and mind your business.

Don't make someone else's problem your problem.

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Confused

This morning I went to a job fair after getting a phone call from a recruiter to go attend the job fair which stated on the job post $13hr forklift position starting which I sent a resume an applied for an when getting to the job fair the recruiter' s there representing the same company.those recruiters at the job fair told me a whole different pay scale an position from which I was there for even after telling them at the door who sent me an what position I was there for they tell me I have to work production before going to forklift which the pay is $8hr I never heard of such in my work career I didn't even know companies still pay so low these days I never made single digits I felt so insulted very confuse of how could companies lead people on and waste there time with false accusations

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Christen Deane
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Tell them no thanks, I've been to those job fairs you wait and wait to talk to someone if you're lucky you'll get two interviews the whole day. I don't waste my time . I would rather cold call and sell myself.

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patricia pope
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report them to the better business bureau.

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Tattoos and Interviews

In 2017 there are a much larger population of jobseekers with tattoos. I recently interviewed at two types of jobs. One for health related and one for a cleaning job. I got various advice. Some people said cover them for the healthcare and no big deal on cleaning. What do you think about tattoos for interviews? I got the cleaning job that I wanted with them covered for the interview by the way.

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keith skeel
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To me tattoos are not professional. If you have them keep them covered, as the professional world doesn't seem to accept tattoos. I have been to meetings, seminars, and conferences all over this country, and I just don't see them there. The people cleaning, yes you may see some that they can't cover. I understand there are some really smart people that have tattoos, but my experience is that I don't see it in the professional business world.

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Jamal Byous
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Unfortunately, people (hiring managers and interviewers as well) all too often judge a person on external factors such as tattoos, etc versus just on their qualifications alone. One shouldn't interview with tattoos exposed unless they knew for sure to have visible tattoos is a majority of the culture at the company; good decision to cover them.

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What do I WEAR????

I'm about to start my first job in data entry but I have NO IDEA how I'm supposed to dress. I think they mentioned to me that it's a pretty casual office, but what does that mean? Does it mean I wear jeans, or do I need to dress up?? I'm just so confused right now.

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Deadra Stubblefield
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Hello Tony, Look in your employer handbook concerning the dress code or call HR and ask them about the dresscode.

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2James Lee
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Business causal only wear jeans after you ask appropiate managers.

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Electrician

After working for Clearwater paper for over 10 years two days before Christmas I was fired for not having my shirt button up they call me at home and had me come in and the day before and I asked hr should I bring my truck and get my tools and she said no I was on paid suspension then she called me to come in on the 22nd for a meeting it takes me an hour to drive there after the meeting as I was almost home I got another call from her saying I was terminated and when I asked about my personal belongings they told me they were going to cut my personal lock off my personal locker and ship me my things without my permission I say bullshit, in my 20years of being an electrician never have I been treated like this by an employer

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Dana Williams
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So, did you get your belongings, have you found another job

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laverne brooks
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Employers can get away with anything now, they don't care about your well being @ all. One door closes another one opens. God bless

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BEST way to dress???

I'm getting ready to start my first job and had asked the manager about the dress code. He said it's pretty casual and can wear jeans. My first day is next week, and although I would love to go to work in jeans, I want to make sure I make a really good impression. Should I dress up just a little better so I start off on a good foot here? #Advice #Determined

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Tony Lyons
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Totally agree with the last comment. Never a bad idea to make a good impression by dressing up on day one. Then you can go a little more casual after that.

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Leslie Burke
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My office has a causal dress code but I get complimented all the time for dressing up! It makes me feel good and I think people enjoy seeing it.

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Has anyone dealt with a recruiter Texting you Multiple times?

At first glance of the job posting on indeed, it sounded perfect. Of course, not wanting to miss out, I hit "apply with your indeed resume" before really researching the company.... After I did research, I was not happy. It is ran by two less than professional ladies. Seriously, who uses drunken selfies on their website... which was very vague about what they actually do. Two big red flags! Then I hop onto their social media. Oh dear. It's ran by robots. Horrible. You're in marketing for crying out loud! Robots were answering questions with phrases like "That is great! " "Oh, that sounds yummy"... They also answered their bad reviews the same way. After all that and additional digging that left me less than thrilled, I received a voice mail, email and a text from their recruiter. No biggie, right. Well, 10 days, 12 texts, 5 emails later I'm pretty upset I'm being spam- botted by what seemed to be a great job posting. Is this mass text spam-botting the new thing?

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TLC Correll
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Its been around for several years now. Majority of the job board websites when you fill out your profile will have the option,, do you want to receive notification by Text?... I do not fill that out- mostly coz, I get charged for each text, but text comment fields are limited & I sometimes dont know or understand who it is. When a recruiter etc text me, I will call them back & tell them not to text me in the future. If they continue to text me- I block their # from my phone-- I mean obviously they are not concerned with my wishes, this is not someone I want to work with.

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Marcy Bennett
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Ever since I posted my resume on indeed I have been bombarded with emails every day. One day one of them said the Coca-Cola company is interested in you please call and it gave a number. When I called it was not the Coca-Cola Company at all it was a recruiter who wanted me to fill out an employment survey for them so that they could find me jobs. I continue to be bombarded daily by emails. I understand getting the ones from the job boards but I'm tired of all of the extra ones that are apparently recruiters. Can I block their emails like you can block a phone number for text messages?

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Are you qualified? And what the ...!

So I work in the hospitality industry and have quite a lot of experience in field. I'm not sure on how to think with the recent interview I was just given , the phone conversation was a complete "you got it" vibe and he also set up a free night at the hotel to do a one on one interview at the location. When I made the trip up there (which was a three hour drive) I checked in and then was handed off to someone I was told about for right around a15 minute interview . I was asked three questions and then told that I was completely perfect for the position. Then was set free for the rest of the day to wonder around. The next day I had a 3 hr tour with the guy that I was originally suppose to have the interview with , so it took all day , after he pretty much told me he stole from the company and showed he openly starts gossip about his employees . At the end of this I got my 30 min interview with him and other than feeling , in my head not aloud, that he was completely unprofessional as the head of the department I was applying for he asked me if I was still interested , I said yes then gave me a "we will let you know" I've been a manger for this department before and i do not understand how he is where he is . It makes me think that if you are experienced and worked hard for it...it can basically be ignored of someone who is no where near that level and has the possibility to be your potential boss . Anyway he called me right when i was heading back to another long trip in the opposite way and gave me a last confusing thought to add to my already confused mind on what I just went through. He told me to have a good weekend and that my references were great . .

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Omar Carrasco
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Is this a job offer or?

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Wendy Jarmon
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Good morning Rachael, when he offered you a free night in the Hotel, you didn't see the red flag? Rachael! All the years I've been working in Hospitality, I would have spotted a fraud. Maybe, he thought you new it was a fraudulent job.After that long tour. No Hotel does that.I'm glad you're safe.

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Stay Home!!

Flu season is here. A few of my coworkers have come into work when they should have been home. The office sounds like a ER waiting area! I find it rude that they are passing the flu on to the rest of the office. Don't know if I should just not say anything or speak up?

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Karen Ramirez
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You could talk to your boss about making a general announcement instead of singling out those sickos and risk getting on bad terms with fellow co-workers.

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Tony Lyons
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Is it Tuberculosis or a contagious illness? Some people can’t afford to stay home and not get paid. Just do your due diligence to prevent getting sick and let others decide when they're too sick for work.

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