Dressing for the Job You Want

2UE radio podcast
Interview with Kayley of 2UE lifestyle channel

 

Kayley: Now one of the recurring themes that comes up for our 50 up club members is the difficulty in finding work when you get over 50. There’s a belief out there in the market that once you hit 50 you don’t put your date of birth on a job application because you won’t even get into the interview. And it can be a difficult balance between having worlds of experience but not wanting to hear that you’re overqualified and in the weeks to come we’re going to talk to another expert about putting together a great resume if you’re over 50 but one of the key aspects look is how you present yourself. Julie Hyne is a 50 plus single mum and she can relate to many women out there and men who are struggling to find ends meet, look good and find the right job and she’s on the line, hi Julie.

Julie: Hi Kaley how are you?

Kayley: I’m well thank you for joining us. Now you’ve worked with men and women who are rediscovering themselves after suddenly finding that maybe they’re out of work or they’re outdated, how do you know if you’re out dated other than your kids telling you?

Julie: That’s a big one actually because they’ll definitely tell you if you are looking like a dag but unfortunately Kelly a lot of people don’t realize that they’re outdated and that’s a big problem for them because it might been years since they’ve actually taken a very long hard look at themselves and evaluated how they’re presenting to other people. This is a really big part of their personal branding and you know if they are looking a little bit tired or worn around the edges then you just really going to affect how other people see you know it’s going to affect how successful they’re going to be in all areas of their lives. Many of my clients tell me that you know the feeling of being outdates has crept up on them over the years and they start noticing other people who really do look good and people who they might like to look like and then all of a sudden the penny drops oh my goodness you know I don’t look like that what’s happens to me. And so they have this really big reality check on what they’re looking like and what they see when they look in the mirror. So then it comes down to what can we do now how do we go about changing that.

Kayley: Is it a good idea then to mimic people that you admire, is that a good place to start so if you’re looking, I’m to get on to Hillary Clinton in a minute. But if you’re a middle aged woman do you look at someone like Julie Bishop or Hillary Clinton and go okay what do they wear they are in very senior positions and obviously have people dressing that way.

Speaker 3: Well what about Julia Gillard?

Kayley: Yeah exactly.

Julie: Julia Gillard, yes well look all 3 women that you’ve mentioned have very distinct styles you know personal styles about them, and they dress a certain way because it’s a part of their branding it’s a part of who they are and people actually learn to how know, like and trust them based on how they present. And if it’s consistent then you know that works for them, but look I think sometimes it’s a good starting point for a lot of people to say well I really like the way that person dresses or I really like that style of clothing that she wears, but then it’s about working with someone who can help them determine whether that style is actually going to work for them or not because we are all so different and have different body shape and personalities and objectives.

Kayley: That’s a point I was going to make is that you know your body changes as you get older and you can’t obviously dress like you used to when you were 20 it’s really important to dress according.

Speaker 3: Because then you get call by kids call me a try hard, stop being such a try hard but then if I wear what I’m comfortable with they say I’m a dag I can’t win. Julie I’ll tell you what my daughter did she loves to take me shopping at the mall and she bought me a pair of shoes. I can’t remember the brand name, it looked like canvas Gilligan type shoes but they very, very hip.

Kayley: Converse?

Speaker 3: No.

Kelly: Vans?

Speaker 3: That’s it well done, okay she bought me a pair of vans and she said I’ve got to make sure that I put them on when she comes over to visit so she feels special. However, they’re the most uncomfortable things I’ve ever worn they are so thin the bottom.

Julie: Who said fashion was supposed to be comfortable,

Speaker 3: This is my point with my daughter these shoes are so thin on the soul I tried it on 20 cents piece and I knew it was heads. And yet I’m supposed to wear these shoes just because I look hip.

Julie: And they don’t exactly fit an orthotic they do they?

Kayley: No that’s they’re are modern day version of the Dunlop Valliant the Vans. So for women makeup is a very big thing as well when you’re getting older I remember reading somewhere that women older women should never wear dark coloured lipstick you know you should always stick to nice neutral colours because you know we’re getting older and stuff. What do you think Julie?

Julie: Well look it’s a fact unfortunately as we get older our personal colouring changes quite considerably, it actually gets cooler, so what we felt we could wear when we’re younger have to be tempered a little bit as we get older. And so yes lipstick is the main one definitely as we getting older don’t go for the really dark lipstick because if your lips just got a little bit thinner than it can make you look quite mean so we don’t want that so it is a good idea to really have a look at what colours do suit you as your aging and introduce those colours into your wardrobe and also into your makeup application, you don’t necessarily have to keep it neutral you can still wear colour because colour create warmth and it’s engaging for other people and it makes you feel good about yourself as well so that’s a good idea to get some expert advice on how do we do this as we’re aging so that we feel good about ourselves.

Kayley: Fantastic Julie thank you so much we’re talking to Julie Hyne she’s an image specialist and if you’ve managed to you know change your look at all as you’ve gotten older and with successfully and you’re happy with how you look or you kids have told you to stop dressing a certain way we’d love to hear from you for me 13 12 83.

 

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