Dress for success
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“Dress for success might be an old adage, but it does work,” shares Mary Porter, vice president of human resources at TierPoint. “Dress as if you are always on that interview so you are the ‘professional’ in the crowd even if it’s a more casual environment.” That means ironed, neat attire is an absolute must. (This handy infographic lets you decode your office dress code.) The Oliso Smart Iron heats up quickly, is easy to use, and is designed for frequent use, making it one of the most perfect graduation gifts for the always-wrinkled grad in your life.
TG 1100 Oliso Smart Iron, $129.99, Amazon.com.
A pen for signing on the dotted line
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“A pen or set is also always nice to give as a gift and will make the person stand out along with their portfolio when they’re interviewing,” explains Porter. Pens are easy to carry, unisex, and one of the easiest graduation gifts to add to a personalized stationery or briefcase for the new business person in your life.
Mont Blanc Roller Ballpoint Pen, $308.95, Amazon.com.
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“Millennial or not, there are basic things that haven’t changed throughout the years to look professional and ace the job interview and can be used even after you land the position,” Porter says. “Stationery that is professional in an understated color is one of those things and makes an ideal, sophisticated gift.” Laura Ashley personalized notecards are perfect gifts for college graduates to mail handwritten thank you notes to recruiters, employers, and gift givers.
Laura Ashley thank you notes, $12.50 for 10, PaperStyle.com.