Free Guides Helps Women Entering the Workforce “Work Your Image!”

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As the saying goes, “you only have one chance to make a first impression,” but there is a great deal a person can do to make that impression a positive and lasting one. Realizing the value of presenting a professional appearance, Women Work!, in partnership with the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CTFA), created a unique program to help women in transition put their best foot forward in today’s competitive job market. Work Your Image! Creating a Professional Image to Get and Keep a Job® (WYI!) provides basic information for women entering or re-entering the workforce with a common-sense approach to creating a positive first impression.

The value of the Work Your Image! initiative was strengthened by a 2001 poll conducted by Yankelovich Partners, Inc. for Work Your Image! that found nearly seven in 10 Americans (69%) – and more than eight in 10 women – say clothing, hair and makeup are very or extremely important for a woman on the job, and for her confidence. Read more…

The latest addition to the WYI! program is a new tip sheet, Family Guide: How to Talk with Your Kids About the Importance of Appearance on the Job. This new resource provides valuable suggestions for talking with young people who are entering the workforce for after-school jobs, internships, summer jobs or full-time employment. Developed by Women Work!, CTFA, and Dr. Diane Daum, a specialist in adolescent psychiatry, the Family Guide includes common-sense tips on what, how and when to talk to young people about the importance of their appearance.

Distributed free to Women Work! members, the WYI! materials can be easily incorporated into an existing education and job training curriculum. The Leader’s Guide provides suggestions for activities, role-playing scenarios, and ideas for building partnerships with area businesses. The Participant’s Guideexplains what job applicants need to know to boost their self-confidence, improve their appearance and create a lasting impression. Participants also receive a Personal Worksheet and Tip Sheets, which they can keep as a valuable reference tool after completing the program.

For more than six years, Women Work! has provided valuable professional development materials to thousands of programs through WYI!. According to Jill Miller, Women Work! CEO, the Work Your Image! initiative provides programs with a valuable tool for helping women in transition achieve economic self-sufficiency.

“These guides, coupled with other training, education and placement services that Network programs already provide, will help women in transition prepare for and succeed in the job market,” said Miller. “Work Your Image! allows programs to focus on issues that can be critical to not only obtaining, but in maintaining a job.”

Women Work! offers Work Your Image! materials free to members. JOIN NOW to receive your free guides and other critical resources for cutting-edge training programs! As a member, you will also keep abreast of news affecting vocational and education programs through We Work!, our quarterly magazine, and the Economic Equity Insider, our monthly legislative update on women’s economic equity issues. As a member, you will also receive valuable resources, curricula, and discounts on our national conference. Members can reorder WYI materials for free as needed.

Work Your Image! Tip Sheets recieve rave reviews:

These are great! The women really enjoy them!
— Service Provider in Oakwood, GA

I use the tip sheets for Dress to Impress’ seminars. They are extremely effective and help to make the perfect presentation.
— Program Director in Philadelphia, PA

We are using them as a base for our First Impressions’ Seminar Great booklet! First year, 60 attended. Last year, 163 attended.
— Program Director in Scottville, MI