Lauren Solomon, a Chase Manhattan Bank vice president, often sparks a curious response from her colleagues. "People usually open their greeting to me with an apology," she said, laughing.

Actually, they're usually thinking of something they learned in one of her courses. Ms. Solomon is a career counselor of sorts. Her speciality is showing employees how to get ahead using dress, mannerisms, or other aspects of image development.

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