Halloween Do’s and Don’ts

Halloween Do’s and Don’ts

Remember the guy or girl on Halloween whose costume is a little TOO realistic? Like the guy who pulled off Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw a little too well, to the point where he scared the hell out of everyone and no one would go near him? Well, don’t be THAT person this year. Check out this article about the Do’s and Dont’s of dressing up for Halloween, especially at work.


“You know what the difference is between you and me? I make this look good” -J, Men In Black


Will Smith delivers this notorious, albeit slightly narcissistic, line from the first installment of the Men In Black trilogy as his character J suits up for his first day on the job. With his all-black suit and killer sun glasses, his character is dressed to impress. How you look can have a serious impact on your chances of landing a job.  Here is a useful list by Alison Doyle from About.com about the do’s and dont’s of interview attire.


Men’s Interview Attire

  • Suit (solid color – navy or dark grey)

  • Long sleeve shirt (white or coordinated with the suit)

  • Belt

  • Tie

  • Dark socks, conservative leather shoes

  • Little or no jewelry

  • Neat, professional hairstyle

  • Limit the aftershave

Women’s Interview Attire

  • Suit (navy, black or dark grey)

  • The suit skirt should be long enough so you can sit down comfortably

  • Coordinated blouse

  • Conservative shoes

  • Limited jewelry (no dangling earrings or arms full of bracelets)

  • No jewelry is better than cheap jewelry

  • Professional hairstyle

  • Neutral pantyhose

  • Light make-up and perfume

  • Neatly manicured clean nails

What Not to Bring to the Interview

  • Gum

  • Cell phone

  • Ipod

  • Coffee or soda

  • If you have lots of piercings, leave some of your rings at home (earrings only, is a good rule)

  • Cover tattoos

Interview Attire Tips

  • Before you even think about going on an interview, make sure you have appropriate interview attire and everything fits correctly.

  • Get your clothes ready the night before, so you don’t have to spend time getting them ready on the day of the interview.

  • If your clothes are dry clean only, take them to the cleaners after an interview, so they are ready for next time.

  • Polish your shoes.

  • Bring a breath mint and use it before you enter the building.

Finish Up Your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn has grown in importance in the job search process  More and more recruiters are using the service to find out more about job applicants. Make sure your profile isn’t lacking any essential parts. Take a look at your profile and make sure you are not missing any of these things:

  • A professional looking headshot- Don’t use the same profile pic as on your Facebook. Use a photo where you can see your face clearly. Dress professionally.
  • Join groups- Join Boston University related groups, groups in your industry, and groups related to your interests. You have the ability to connect to professionals in the field, take advantage of it.
  • Have a succinct summary- Don’t use the word “aspiring” in your headline. Use “study” or “studying” instead (if you’re a student.)
  • Get recommendations- If you don’t like asking for a recommendation, take matters in to your own hands. Recommend a bunch of people, there’s a good chance a few of them will recommend you back. Who doesn’t like having good things said about themselves?
  • Put the good stuff first- Don’t hide the fact that you won a prestigious award at the bottom of your profile. You have the ability to arrange your profile in a way that you can’t on a resume.

LinkedIn profiles are quickly gaining in importance. Make sure you take advantage of it.

COM Networking Event Guests

Career Services is hosting a networking event at the Castle this weekend. We are having a number of big-name guests. Here is some more background information on the guests.The event will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 from 6-8:30pm at the BU Castle, 225 Bay State Road. We will have light refreshments available at 5:30 and the Panel Event will commence promptly at 6 pm.The panelists will talk about their career pathways and the benefits of networking, followed by a short Q&A. The Panel will adjourn at approximately 7:30 for an hour of networking and more refreshments.

Peter Shankman









“So what does Peter Shankman do?” I asked. “Do you have two hours?” replied my boss, the Career Services Director.

From his website:

PR Week Magazine has described Peter as “redefining the art of networking”, and Investor’s Business Daily has called him “crazy, but effective”. Peter Shankman is a spectacular example of what happens when you merge the power of pure creativity with  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and a dose of adventure, and make it work to your advantage.

An author, entrepreneur, speaker, and worldwide connector, Peter is recognized worldwide for radically new ways of thinking about Social Media, PR, marketing, advertising, and customer service.

Allison Davis


Davis was a Producer for the Today Show, Executive Producer for MSNBC, and a Vice President of Creative at CBS Television. She currently serves as Director of Communications at the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

Stephanie Trodello 

CFAHEADS“Prior to joining the College of Fine Arts as campaign director and assistant dean for development and alumni relations, Stephanie led the development team at Boston University’s College of Communication. There, she was responsible for marketing strategies, promotions, alumni outreach and philanthropy, and launched programming and donor networks specific to the Los Angeles and New York territories. As alumni officer, and later as development officer, Stephanie oversaw the annual fund, direct mail, volunteer membership, communications and special events, and established a number of signature networking programs across the United States. She graduated from Boston University with a dual degree in journalism and economics, and later earned her MBA with a concentration in nonprofit and public management. Off-campus, Stephanie volunteers at the Greater Boston Vineyard Christian Fellowship, and has served as a board member of the Massachusetts-based Christian Athletic Association.”


Casey Sherman


Sherman is an award-winning author, television producer, and communications executive. He is most well known for his work on the book, The Finest Hours

Karl Scholz,  Vice President at Shift Communications and former President and co-founder of Formative Communication will also be in attendance.