De-Stress When Shopping for Success

by Laura Merrill, Editor-in-Chief of Career Connection

In a recent comment to the article What You Wear Can Get You Somewhere… or Nowhere, a reader voiced concerns about affording the clothing you need to dress professionally for an interview. We have good news, though: Dressing for success does not have to distress!

Here’s why not: While you can easily spend a lot of money on a designer suit at a department store, you can get great bargains if you shop consignment, at a discount retailer, or at the Goodwill. Here are the facts:

At Margaret’s Consignments on Frankfort Avenue, you can get a men’s or women’s suit for $20 – $120. I personally shop at Margaret’s and am thrilled to death when my colleagues rave over my designer dresses and suits–something that happens regularly. I’ve paid no more than $30 on any of my purchases there.

At the Goodwill, men can find for suits for $10, ties for a buck, and sports coats for $5. Women fare even better: Two-three-piece suits run $6 and blouses go for a mere $2.50. Dry-cleaning these items is affordable too. You can launder men’s and women’s jackets for around five bucks and suits in the range of $10 – $11. Again, I have purchased many clothing items from the Goodwill. My friend buys nearly all of her attorney husband’s suits and dress shirts there, and he is far from looking shabby. You’ll have especially good luck shopping at the Goodwill stores in Middletown and at Holiday Manor Shopping Plaza.

Kohl’s is another option, if you have a little more money to spend. Our weekend shopper found men’s suits on sale for $200, women’s jackets for $40, and women’s pants for around $28.

These aren’t all of your options. You can also check out Valu-City and other discount retailers, as well as eBay. There’s even a program for disadvantaged women called Dress for Success that provides professional attire to assist women in their job placement endeavors.

You are certain to find something affordable… you just have to think outside the pricey-department-store box.

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Minding Your Ps and Cubicles

by Laura Merrill, Editor-in-Chief of Career Connection

You’ve successfully landed a job in a salary range you’re comfortable with, and you’re ready to start work in your new office. You’ve even chosen art work to hang on the walls.

Wake up, newbie! You’re not getting an office with a door; you’re getting a cubicle, along with a lot of the working population. Especially given that you’re new to the workforce, you can pretty much count on residing in a cube for awhile. It’s the new business configuration.
What follows are some tips on how you can make pod life a pleasant experience for you and your fellow cube-dwellers.
Cubicle Farm

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Hit the Bull’s Eye with Target Career Opportunities!

by Scott Bridges, Executive Team Leader for Human Resources, Target Stores

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When it comes to earning potential, most people don’t think of working at Target Stores. But they’d be surprised: New hires in the Executive Leadership Program start out at $42,000. Likewise, it may surprise you to learn that Target offers an excellent leadership training program—one that is unmatched in the retail industry. And you don’t have to be a management major to participate. Let’s take a closer look at the opportunities that await U of L College of Business Target interns.
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Professionalism in the Workplace

by Courtney Hisey, Career Counselor

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Making the transition from the classroom to the workplace can be challenging and intimidating. In your first professional job, it can be difficult to know what your employer expects from you on a day-to-day basis. There’s a certain code of behavior that’s expected by most employers, and your adherence is key to being a successful employee for your company.
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Internships Pave the Road to Rewards for Martha Tyler and College of Business

by Laura Merrill, Editor-in-Chief of Career Connection

The University of Louisville College of Business was good to Martha Tyler (’00), who graduated with a degree in Accounting and a minor in Finance (she was just three credit hours shy of a double-major). As a full-time college student raising a daughter, , Tyler needed all of the support she could get. Professors Bill Stout and Julia Karcher stepped in to mentor Martha and encourage her in her studies. “I was the faculty advisor for Beta Alpha Psi when Martha was president, and I came to admire her attitude and enthusiasm,” recalled Karcher. Read more »

Heavrin, Ison, and Rimpsey Shine

by Laura Merrill, Editor-in-Chief of Career Connection

As you learned in “What’s Up with Co-op?” there are many advantages to participating in co-op. Here are a few students who have reaped the benefits. Read more »

Onders and Shipp Excel

by Laura Merrill, Editor-in-Chief of Career Connection

A co-op offers many benefits, as you can see in the accompanying article, “What’s Up with Co-op?” located here. In addition, here are two students whose co-op experiences have prepared them for work after graduation. Read more »

What’s Up with Co-op?

by Laura Merrill, Editor-in-Chief of Career Connection

You hear a lot about cooperative education in the College of Business, but you may not know what it’s all about. Here are some FAQs that may provide some answers.

What’s the History of Cooperative Education?
Cooperative education was founded in 1906 by Herman Schneider at the University of Cincinnati. The original model was in the engineering school, and students rotated working one quarter and taking classes the other quarter. At the University of Louisville, co-op originated in the Speed School of Engineering. Today, at the College of Business, co-op remains an opportunity to take what you learned in the classroom and apply it to real-world work. Read more »

Network to Find Your Perfect Job

by Virginia Jones (’06), marketing major

Upon entering college, faculty and staff at the College of Business drill into your head the need to get involved in student organizations on campus. The reason is simple – get involved and it will help you develop in your future career. Peer networking was very important to me during college. I worked full time in offices on campus and I joined every marketing-related student organization that I could. While doing that I got to know the entire marketing faculty as well as many other faculty in the College of Business. Read more »

Networking 101

by Laura Merrill, Manager of Cooperative Education

networking is “the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business.”

When you’re looking for that perfect job, reading the classifieds isn’t the only job-search strategy you should employ. Networking is vital. Let’s look at the things you should do as you build your network of contacts. Read more »