Talent Means More Than Fashion For NBA Draft, Job Hopefuls [VIDEO]

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Tonight, 60 young athletes will find new jobs via the 2013 NBA Draft. And while analysts will assign words like “upside” and “length” to many of the picks, I’m hoping to hear just one descriptor: “fashionable.”

Yes, draft pick fashion has been legendary for decades, so much so that I had to include two videos this week (and still, Drew Gooden’s Dr. Evil-esque outfit didn’t make the cut!). The lesson here? Clothes are important when meeting a potential employer, but you’re more important.

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What Suits You Best?

You can find buckets of tips online about what to wear for a job interview. Some say don’t go for a black suit; others warn about short skirts or tight clothes. There’s no slam-dunk answer for every situation. (Except for corporate; corporate loves blazers.) Instead, assess the company, remember that your “personal” style may not match their “professional” style, and do your best.

And don’t worry that a company won’t like you because you can’t afford a top hat like Samaki Walker. If they care that much more about how you “present yourself than how you present “yourself,” you may not want to work there anyway—and it will be their loss. Remember: Terry Cummings wore jeans and a polo to the draft. That didn’t stop the Clippers from taking him second overall, and it didn’t stop him from winning rookie of the year.

(But, yeah, probably don’t dress like Terry.)

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