Congratulations on the new job. As far as a skin, I would recommend Best Skins Ever Home Page
Just so your not confused at what they offer, their skin is similiar to the screen protectors that you put on PDA touch screens except it uses an adhesive. I have had one on my Pearl for months now and it still looks like a new device. The skin is a little time consuming to put on properly but at $6 you can't beat the price.