Robert Ford

Coahoma to Host “Dress for Success” Forum

The Coahoma Community College Career Services and Placement Center will host “Dress for Success” on Thursday, November 7, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., in the Zee A. Barron Student Union – Magnolia Room.

Coahoma to Host “Dress for Success” Forum

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Marriel Hardy

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Wed Oct 30, 2019

Robert FordIn the professional world, the term “look the part” can be critical to one’s success even before securing that sought-after dream job. Because of this notion, the Coahoma Community College Career Services and Placement Center will host “Dress for Success” on Thursday, November 7, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., in the Zee A. Barron Student Union – Magnolia Room.

According to www.careertrend.com, a person can accept you or reject you in the first 30 seconds, based on appearance alone. Studies show inappropriate dressing or grooming causes 40 percent of job rejections. The proper outfit can aid in gaining an edge by dressing appropriately for the situation and making sure you are neatly groomed.

The event, geared at enlightening the CCC campus community on the importance of dressing professionally in the world of work, will be facilitated by Coach Robert “Bob” Ford, Sr.

Coach Ford is the first African American in the state to receive the PGA’s Apprentice of the year award and serve as both president and vice president of the Gulf States PGA Mississippi Apprentice program. He grew up in a single-parent home and had never been outside of Jackson, Mississippi, until his brother invited him to come and stay with him until he got back on his feet. Coach Ford packed up and moved to St. Louis. It was while living in St. Louis that Coach Ford was introduced to the game of golf.

Through Coach Ford’s Suit Company, Executive Men’s Suits, in 2018, that he hosted the 1st Annual Red Carpet Fashion show, where he mentored Jackson Public School young men and provided them with suits.  The fashion show is an ongoing mentorship program where Coach Ford continues to reach young men in the Jackson Public Schools school system. He has also worked closely with released inmates through mentorship, in which he provided them with suits. Coach Ford continues to coach golf and provide suits to young men of all ages through mentorship.

Trina Cox, coordinator of the Career Services and Placement Center, hopes that the event teaches CCC students the importance of always carrying one’s self in a proper manner relative to dress. Cox also leads CCC’s Career Closet initiative. The program offers lightly used professional clothes to needy students. Most of the donated items that are received are supplied by CCC faculty and staff members.

“We want to teach students the importance of dressing appropriately in the workplace,” said Cox.  “Also, we want our students to learn the ABCs for dressing for success: Always Be Conservative.”

www.careertrend.com goes on to share that dressing professionally isn’t a fashion show, but a put-together outfit can influence the interviewers’ impression of you. If you slip on a blazer instead of a coordinated-for-you suit, carefully pick a pair of pants or skirt that complements the blazer. If you arrive in a mismatched outfit, you may inadvertently send the impression that you lack attention to detail.

For more information, contact Trina Cox, coordinator of Career Services and Placement Center via email at tcox@coahomacc.edu or 662.621.4674.