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If you've stepped across that stage and have finally landed a job, congrats to you. You've made it. Now it's time to get ready for the first day in the office. There are some things that every power player needs to win in his profession. From blazers to speakers, these items will make your life easier and keep you looking good at the same time. <em>—Joshua Perrin</em>
<strong>A nice, fitted <em><a href="http://www1.macys.com/cms/slp/2/Blazers-for-Men">blazer</a> …<a href="http://www1.macys.com/cms/slp/2/Blazers-for-Men">
<strong><a href="http://www.gq.com/style/wear-it-now/201203/best-spring-sports-jackets-blazers-men-trey-songz#slide=1" target="_blank"><em>According to GQ Magazine</em></a></strong>, a blazer is one of the most important pieces of a man's wardrobe. Try a gray, black, or blue to start. One of these colors allows more versatility in your wardrobe. A great one like <strong><a href="http://www.jcpenney.com/dotcom/coats-jackets/claiborne-linen-rich-blazer/prod.jump?ppId=pp5002750256&searchTerm=blazers&dimCombo=null&dimComboVal=null&catId=SearchResults" target="_blank">this </a></strong>Liz Claiborne linen piece will go well for morning meetings and after hour hotspots. The cut of the blazer is everything; for a slimmer fit try the Italian cut, while the British cut favors a more athletic physique
<strong>A reliable GPS for those long business trips …
<strong><a href="http://businesstravel.about.com/od/travelgadgets/tp/The-Top-Gps-reviews-For-Business-Travelers.htm" target="_blank">According to a review of About.com's business travel channel</a></strong>, Garmin GPS was cited as the number one GPS system to use. In addition to being thin, the unit has a highly-sensitive touch screen, with multi-touch capabilities (like an iPhone) for pinching or zooming. You can find <strong><a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olstemplatemapper.jsp?_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1&_dynSessConf=8523679488043422984&id=pcmcat127000050005&type=category&usc=abcat0300000&cp=1&sp=%2Bcurrentprice+skuid&nrp=15&qp=crootcategoryid~~cabcat0300000~~cabcat0301000~~cabcat0301014~~nf645||4761726d696e&add_to_pkg=false&pagetype=listing&gf=y" target="_blank">this system </a></strong>at BestBuy starting at $86.
<strong>The right bag …
A messenger bag is the perfect way to bridge the transition from a backpacks to briefcases. You can find them as cheap as $23 on <strong><a href="http://www.target.com/c/messenger-bags-luggage/-/N-5xtyr" target="_blank">Target.com</a></strong>. Find one with multiple pockets so that you can separate important work-related papers from your personal journals and schedules.
<strong>File sharing gadgets</strong><br><br>
File sharing equipment can be essential for a quick exchange of information your hurried morning commutes. The <strong><a href="http://www.itwin.com/" target="_blank">iTwin</a></strong> is a double-sided flash drive that allows you to plug two devices up at the same time, without the hassle of passwords and uploading/saving. As an Apple product it is $199, and can be found on <a href="http://www.itwin.com" target="_blank"><strong>iTwin.com</strong></a>. <strong> </strong>
<strong>Telling time the classic way
I know, a watch is not necessarily the first item we think about because we're so reliant on our cell phones. But, a nice professional watch has been a staple in men's fashion for centuries. Try a simple faced on with a leather band, like the one found <strong><a href="http://m.macys.com/shop/product/bulova-watch-mens-brown-leather-strap-37mm-98h51?ID=306882&CategoryID=57386#fn=sp%3D1%26spc%3D3090%26ruleId%3D27%26slotId%3D1" target="_blank">here</a></strong>. Prices vary. <strong> </strong>
<strong>Personal shoe-shine kits</strong><br><br>
A pair of black and brown loafers or lace-ups are standard in the office place, but let's not forget the importance of shoe maintenance. Investing in a solid shoe-shine kit is a quick solution to the scuffs and wear and tear of your favorite pair. Kits can be found for a cheap at $30. <strong><a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/synovia-cedar-shoe-valet/2865406?origin=related-2865406-0-1-1-2-Rich%20Relevence&PageCategoryId=PP" target="_blank">This one</a></strong> from Nordstrom includes brushes, extra polish and a small stand to work on.
<strong>Back up battery power</strong><br><br>
Our Smartphones seem to be in need of a charge all the time considering the frequency with which we use them. This problem can be solved with an extra power source such as the<strong><a href="http://www.kensington.com/kensington/us/us/p/1414/K38056US/pocket-battery-for-smartphone-devices.aspx" target="_blank"> Kensington Pocket Battery</a></strong>. The Pocket Battery Pack for Smartphones adds 3.5 hours of additional talk time, and has both mini and micro USB charging cables as well as a USB charging tip built right in for recharging so there are no parts to lose.
<strong>The little things are essential
Neckties, cufflinks, pocket squares and socks can change the presentation of a plain white button down. Adding one of these items can make make your outfits appear new and different. Stay on the lookout for creative cufflinks <strong><a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/116941160/love-cufflinks?ref=shop_home_feat" target="_blank">like these</a></strong> or a striking tie with different designs. <strong><a href="http://www.askmen.com/fashion/fashiontip_300/345b_fashion_advice.html" target="_blank">AskMen.com</a></strong> suggests men buy new socks every six months, so don't be hesitant to pick up a new pair every now and then.
<strong>A set of office-friendly speakers</strong>
Speakers like the <strong><a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/bluetooth-speakers/jbl-flip-black/4505-34810_7-35550919.html" target="_blank">JBL Flip</a></strong> are a great accessory to add to your desk. The compact portable Bluetooth speaker is designed to be used horizontally or vertically. It sounds good and plays loudly for its size, has speakerphone capabilities, and ships with a neoprene carrying case. You can grab one for $100.
<strong>A good line-up …
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