POSTED: Monday, December 3, 2012 - 8:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 3, 2012 - 8:44pm
Longview, TX — Pine Tree students got decked out in business attire this past week and received tips from an expert to help them as they embark on job interviews.
“If you walk in and you look the part, you’ll be more confident,” said Wendy Carter, Pine Tree High School sponsor of Distributive Education Clubs of America — a business club at the campus.
DECA participants and other students wore dress pants and shirts, skirts, ties and polished dress shoes to school Tuesday as they met with a representative from Men’s Wearhouse, who emphasized the importance of dress and interview skills as they go out for interviews.
Carter said the idea for the day originated out of an advisory group of Longview businessmen and women who met with Pine Tree officials. When asked what they were looking for in an employee, the business leaders told district officials that their biggest concern was that students graduating high school today “do not know how to interview and don’t know how to dress for an interview,” Carter said.
“That’s absolutely correct,” said Kelly Kinsey of the Longview Economic Development Corporation. “There are young people today who don’t show up in proper clothing. They don’t know how to approach people and talk to people. Half of the time they don’t even know what the job entails. They don’t do the research, or they don’t know to do the research. These days employers are looking for people who can show up on time, pass a drug test, dress appropriately and follow rules.”
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