"He said that when I stood in the frame of the doorway to his office, that I matched exactly the picture in his mind how he needed someone in that position to look."
"I wanted to share a success story with you. As you know, I've been a client of yours for over 10 years, since you first launched Fashion for Real Women. I've endeavored to keep your advice in mind, particularly concerning business image.
"While I could share quite a number of success stories, one instance stands clearly in my memory. I relocated to Cincinnati right before the economic crash of 2008, which sent me on an extended and sometimes disheartening hunt for a new job. Several local friends encouraged me to apply to XXXXX Medical Center, a highly regarded research institution in the nation. Most of my research experience did not include clinical trials, and I was initially hesitant to apply.
"However, when I made the decision to see what opportunities were available, I found one that seemed to be a good match for my transferable skills. After taking in clues about what sort of internal organization this was and what was needed for the role, I decided to dress in formal traditional attire, including a simple tailored black skirt suit, mid-heel black kid leather pumps (with neutral hosiery), and moderately-sized but conservative jewelry. I used conservative but polished makeup and blew my hair into a smooth and softly controlled style.
"Long story short, the series of interviews (nine total, including one of the Division Co-Directors) were amazingly easy for me to maneuver. When I was hired, I was told by many associates that they had vetted over 40 people for the position and that it was a considerable achievement to have been extended the (only) offer.
"When I spoke to the Director of the organization to which I was hired, he told me that he knew he wanted to hire me as soon as he saw me. He said that when I stood in the frame of the doorway to his office, that I matched exactly the picture in his mind how he needed someone in that position to look. Sure, my skills matched what they needed (transferable as they were -- I still had some specific learnings to accomplish), bhighut he emphasized that I had the total package, of which you speak.
"And so I wanted to say thank you very much for offering your expertise. I believe it has given me the advantage in an exciting and rewarding career I could not have ever dreamed I would have." Sophia T, Cincinnati, OH