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NEW ORLEANS DATA NEWS WEEKLY — The Career Resource Fair was a networking opportunity for students to submit their resumes and meet with potential employers for fulltime, part-time and intern positions. Vonda Taplin, Associate Director for Career Services Coordinator of the Fall Resource Fair indicated that there were over 40 business participants at the annual event.

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Dress for Success, a nonprofit organization, and the Crescent City Chapter of Links, Inc., teamed together to provide a pop-up boutique at Southern University of New Orleans during their Career Resource Fair.

The Career Resource Fair was a networking opportunity for students to submit their resumes and meet with potential employers for fulltime, part-time and intern positions. Vonda Taplin, Associate Director for Career Services Coordinator of the Fall Resource Fair indicated that there were over 40 business participants at the annual event. She recognizes the importance of the students making a great and lasting first impression in front of these potential employers. “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. Once it’s done, well it’s done,” said Taplin.

Research says, when you first meet someone, it takes less than three seconds to form an opinion about that person. Therefore, you must be conscious of your dress, actions, and attitude as they will convey a particular image to that potential employer.

Taplin reached out to Tracy Stewart of Crescent City Chapter of Links, Inc. Stewart, a graduate of HBCU, Southern Baton Rouge, quickly put a plan into action and with the assistance of Dress for Success New Orleans came up with the idea to host a Career Pop-Up Shop where students could stop by and receive a personal styling consultation as well as be gifted with a professional interview outfit. “The end goal is to create a campus closet to provide job-ready professional attire that will give them [students] that confidence needed when walking into that interview,” said Tracy Stewart.

This article originally appeared in New Orleans Data News Weekly.

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