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The job hunters: the makeover

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X-Ray production team X-Ray production team | 10:31 UK time, Monday, 22 November 2010

For eleven weeks, our Job Hunters have been working on all aspects of how to get a job. Their journey on X-Ray is almost at an end, but before the final week there's one more issue to tackle – how to look the part to get the job they want.

With competition for jobs increasing, the five job hunters need to ensure that they make the best impression from the moment that they meet an employer. Looking smart and wearing the right clothes can be just as important as what they say in a job interview.

With this in mind, Rhodri paid a visit to award-winning Swansea hairdresser Lara Johnson who agreed to make over our Job Hunters. She assessed the image and style of everyone in the group and felt that young mum Gemma Price and teenager Dwayne Landeg were in need of the most help.

Gemma Price

Can Gemma Price change her image to get a new job?

Lara took the pair on a shopping trip to the high street to show them that you don’t need to spend huge amounts of money to look smart for an interview. She was keen to get Gemma out of her comfort zone of tracksuit bottoms and hooded tops and persuaded Dwayne to experiment with colour and to try on some smart clothes that would be suitable for his age.

After taking them back to her salon in Mumbles, Lara and her team - stylist Bobbi Evans and make up artist Jinty Day - got to work on the pair.

Tune in to see whether Gemma goes for the chop! And will Lara persuade Dwayne to remove his piercings?

Here are Lara's top tips for prospective job hunters:

  • First impressions really do count. This means going to interviews and meetings 'suited & booted' to show you have made an effort. Looking immaculate is the key to impress.
  • Avoid jeans – even if you are working in a creative industry, it still puts a lot of employers off.
  • Dress appropriately for your career path.
  • Your hair needs to be clean and styled and if your hair is coloured, make sure you don't have visible roots or regrowth. 
  • Keep your make-up simple with no overpowering perfume.
  • For the gents, a sharp haircut will work wonders. Make sure you are cleanly shaven and don't wear overpowering aftershave!
  • Remove all facial piercings and unnecessary jewellery.
  • Let us know below if you have any tips for dressing for an interview. Do you have an outfit that never lets you down?

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