The perfect handbag for every type of job interview
Make a strong first impression.
Oh, yes, it's that time of the year again. And no, I don't mean spring break; I'm talking interview season. Whether you're gunning for that coveted internship or dream job, make sure you're armed with a solid resume, a professional-looking outfit, killer self-confidence, and — of course — the right handbag.
Seriously, your favorite accessory can make a strong first impression, so you want to pick the right one. Let's look to these celebrities for interview-perfect handbag inspiration, broken down by industry.
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Finance/Law/Any Place You Need to Wear a Suit: We know that Katie Holmes has a stellar handbag collection (ahem, lots of Birkins), but this understated but luxe black bag really means business. It's roomy enough for that laptop, with extra pockets to stash important files and dossiers.
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Public Relations/Event Planning: Despite what the reality shows may tell you, these jobs are really hard work and require serious attention to detail (and maaaah-jor people skills). Which is why something like Naomi Watts' Louis Vuitton Alma in a minty green is so perf. It has the potential to fit a laptop, plus whatever samples and swatches you'd need to present to clients, and the pastel hue is aesthetically appealing but not distracting.
Fashion: Quite possibly the only industry in which something like Reese Witherspoon’s hot pink Proenza Schouler PS1 bag would garner an approving eye from your interviewer. Of course, you need to know your stuff to back up that first positive impression!
Tech: In the land where hoodies are the new power suit, don't be too over-the-top with your accessories — but don't forget that creativity and innovation are important skills to show off too. So a style like Kate Beckinsale's ripped-from-the-fall-2013-runway Burberry Prorsum is so ideal. It's functional but shows you have imagination too.
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Medical/Health Care-Related: My doctor cousin prefers to err on the side of classic and conservative for her fellowship and job interviews. So I'm thinking that a style similar to Miranda Kerr’s Givenchy Antigona satchel would send the right message — especially since it kinda looks like an old-time-y doctor's bag!
Which celeb's handbag do you like best? What kind do you like to carry on interviews? Tell us in the comments!
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In response to (Unordinary Woman) I really hate to burst your bubble but long past are the days when job candidates were judged solely on their skill and years in the profession.
I have worked at three such companies where a candidate was judged on every aspect of her attire and appearance and skill set and professional years of experience came in dead last. As one of so ex-coworkers said one day not caring that anyone and all could hear,
"She's my work wife I am not about to have to look at and work with a toad faced troll or someone old enough to be my Mother." Sexist...yes, unprofessional....yes, discriminatory...absolutely.....but sadly a reality and you can't change reality and hiring practices unless you can prove it, and I assure you this is happening way more than anyone wants to believe.
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