The talk was about skin care, resumes, dress and stress management at the Lincoln Campus of Gaston College Wednesday, as the school held a fair entitled â€œProfessional Imaging-Creating an Excellent You.â€
The fair, which consisted of booths from area businesses, was held to help students prepare for future job interviews along with dressing well for their first jobs.
â€œThis is part of a studentâ€™s education,â€ said Juanita Gunnell, the department chairwoman for the collegeâ€™s dietetic technician program and one of the events advisors. â€œWe want to help put the polish on the apple and prepare them for interviews.â€
The event provided tips for everything, ranging from hair, skin and nail care to resume preparation, jewelry choice and stress management.
â€œIt is important to look like professionals,â€ said Melanie Lewis, a representative for Mary Kay cosmetics. â€œHow people feel about you helps with both your position and promotions at any job.â€
Lewis, who was at the fair providing skin care tips and lip treatments, also pointed out a study that showed that women who had professional hair and makeup made 30 percent more than women who didnâ€™t.
Another common mistake covered at the fair was choices in jewelry.
â€œJewelry completes and outfit and makes a statement,â€ Robyn Woidyla with Premier Designs Jewelry said. â€œIt finishes off the look.â€
Woidyla stressed to those at her booth the importance of not wearing too much jewelry.
â€œIt is important to find the balance between too much and not enough,â€ Woidyla said. â€œYou want to look as professional as possible.â€
One aspect of the interviewing and job hunting process many overlook is stress management.
â€œIt (stress management) is important for mental, physical and emotional health,â€ said Judy Blankenship, yoga and health teacher at Gaston College. â€œIt is especially important, since we live in a world that pushes people harder and faster.â€
Blankenship showed students how to stop, relax the muscles, take in a deep breath and a release a long exhalation.
â€œBecause people are interviewing, they have a lot of stress,â€ Blankenship said. â€œThey need to learn to stop and relax the body and the mind.â€
The fair culminated in a fashion show, with all of the clothing being donated by a major retailer.
The show gave several examples of ideal interview and work outfits for both men and women. Students from Gaston College modeled the outfits.
â€œYou always want to go with an outfit a little more casual to an interview,â€ said Michelle Byrd, emcee for the fashion show and another one of the events planners, said during the show. â€œYou want to have a more conservative look as well.â€
Those who attended seemed pleased with the fair as many said they learned new things.
â€œI think this fair helped people become more business-minded,â€ said Estelle Currence, a student at the college. â€œA lot of people donâ€™t realize how much appearance defines whether or not you get hired.â€
by Chris Dean