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Learn how to properly tie a necktie and get hired.

Tying a tie properly may tie you to your next employer. A properly tied tie is essential to a good first impression. With the recent outcry regarding athletes wearing flip-flops to the White House, it’s apparent that a review of socially acceptable fashion rules is needed.

Gone are the days of Leave It To Beaver and other such shows which often depicted the strong leader of the family proudly donning a suit and tie for his daily job and any other social occasion. Today’s impressionable society takes more cues from the Internet than from Nick at Nite. All hope is not lost though. A new-fangled Ward Cleaver has taken up residence on the World Wide Web. ( is a website full of resources to help you buy, tie and care for a tie. Founded by Terrance Farley an Internet services manager, this website offers step-by-step instructions and diagrams on how to tie five different tie knots. In addition, the site provides purchasing tips and other tidbits of information on accessories such as tie racks as well as a variety of links to other tie related sites.

Farley feels that many young men graduating from college don’t get hired because of the way they present themselves. Formal Friday night dinners are a thing of the past and many churches have relaxed their dressing expectations, so it’s possible that a young man could get through college without ever having to tie a tie. Even if they went to a formal dance they may have worn a clip-on bow tie.

Now it’s time to knock the socks off of a potential employer and the focal point of their suit may be out of focus. Farley says he has interviewed many job applicants and sees that “young men just out of college have a general disregard in how they dress for their interviews.”

Wanting to do his part to train the up-and-coming leaders of our future, Farley used his technology skills to speak to them in their playground, the Internet, and encourage these young entrepreneurs to take pride in themselves.

A professional appearance can be as important as a complete resume. Prospective employers look for consistency in a potential employee. Even the most polished resume does not coordinate with an applicant in a t-shirt and jeans. Wearing a suit without a tie is like avoiding a handshake or leaving your name off an application. If an applicant wants to set themselves apart from others, they’ll take the extra steps to present the complete package.

Farley believes that “a poorly knotted tie projects sloppiness and reflects poorly on one’s abilities.” His advice to young men is, “Take time to learn the proper way to tie ties because you’re worth it!”

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