Saturday, June 23, 2012

Finding a dress for the Helsinki "Job Finding Fare"

For the past 7 years I have been working as an agent in the Helsinki (Finland) Unemployment Office.

I have a pile of literally thousands of CVs and applications that (lazy) unemployed people expect me to deal with, while they themselves receive unemployment money from the government.

I think it's highly unfair that I should have to do my job. Therefore I have convinced my superior to throw a Job Finding Fare, where all these idle people will get to meet and greet with potential employers.

I will be the hostess of the event, that takes place on Friday July 29th at the Hotel Haven, here in Helsinki Finland.

My boss has given me carte blanche for this event. In my opinion, a relaxed atmosphere would benefit all involved. In fact, the Finnish government places a lot of emphasis on trying to get gorvernment agents (such as myself) to present ourselves in a more down to earth, human way. One of my favorite spare time activities is exotic dancing (in a bar), so at this event I intend to show off my skills and to get across the point that we gorvernment workers are not just boring bureaucrats - we are so much more.

I have ordered 12 cases of Smirnoff Vodka, escargots and some dim sum.

Here is a draft detailing the evening's program:


hosted by The Helsinki Unemployment Office and ms. Donatella von Slutthen

1. Welcome speech by ms. Donatella von Slutthen, on behalf of the Helsinki Unemployment Office
2. "Exotic Dance" performance by Donatella von Slutthen
3. Bar opens and hos d'oeuvres are served
4. Mingeling time   
The dresscode is black tie. I suspect that most people will dress quite conservative (this is Finland after all!).

I'm looking to buy a suitable dress for a hostess of such an event (me) to wear. I've managed to narrow down my list to a few items. Which one do you think will be best?

Lovely cut I think

LOVE it! But hesitating a bit with the open back since I am a big girl

Love it. But would have to put in a slit in order to do my exotic dance the way I like to do it

Too costume-like?


  1. Doesn't black tie require a floor length dress? Or maybe in Finland things are in fact not so formal?

  2. I'm not sure any of those seems appropriate. But what the heck do I know... Would be fun to be a job seeker in Finland by the sound of things on this blog.

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