Episode 40: Question of the Month with Erin Keam

In this “Question of the Month” episode, image consultant Erin Keam stops by to help me answer the question, “Why might I need to consider transitioning my wardrobe along with making a move into a new career or life direction?”

Erin also shares her career journey and lessons learned, how to update your wardrobe on a limited budget, pitfalls to avoid when appearing on camera, and more. As usual, I conclude the show with the weekly “Reignition Recommendation” career tip.

Show Notes:

[00:26] Welcome to Reigniting You™ where we talk all things career transition for those age 40+. Happy to be with you today and our producer, Eric.

[03:13] Welcome back to Reigniting You™ the show that focuses on all aspects of making mid-late career transitions.

[03:47] Excited to introduce my guest today, image consultant Erin Keam. Welcome to the show!

[04:48] Lisa asks Erin to share her career path – always been curious and creative; pivoted many times; inspired to combine experiences and love of style to help women.

[07:01] What would you say were some key lessons that you’ve learned along the way? Erin – there is enough time, money, and love; self-awareness; acceptance and action.

[10:03] What else has been particularly helpful that got you through times of change and your career transitions? Erin – moves to where there are people; mentors, role models, women; being of service; immersing in culture; focusing on positive, upskilling.

[14:38] Visit https://yournewaspect.com to sign up for career tips and take a free Career Transition Readiness Quiz or to contact Lisa.

[15:16] “Question of the Month” – why update wardrobe for career transition? Erin – dress for the role you want – a little ahead of where you are right now; need to give the right impression.

[16:44] How can those who don’t have a large budget for clothing update how they present themselves?

Erin – great clothing available at any price point; just need one great outfit; basics with accessories.

[19:16] What are some pitfalls to avoid when it comes to professional dress, such as for appearing on camera in a virtual setting or for an in-person job interview? Erin – want to attract, not detract; jump on Zoom to see what you sound like and what your background looks like; avoid clothes that are jarring.

[21:26] Here in the Pacific Northwest, we’re fond of wearing a lot of black, gray, and brown. What are some ways to add more color to your wardrobe that will still give you confidence? Erin – start small with earrings, scarf, shoes, then another piece as you go; can use a color wheel.

[24:13] How can people find you? Erin – website, podcast.

[25:11] Reignition Recommendation – ask what it’s worth to you to make a change.

[26:07] A reminder to visit https://yournewaspect.com to sign up for career tips and take a free Career Transition Readiness Quiz or to contact Lisa.

[27:43] Join us next week when I’ll answer listeners’ career transition questions for our monthly “Ask Lisa” episode. As a reminder, you can email your questions or leave a voicemail at 360-436-6496.

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