By Rachel Williams & Kate Grove
We’ve brought this popular blog back for some helpful suggestions about what to wear to our upcoming career fair! If you’re attending (and you should), make sure you dress to impress in the right outfit! Check out these pictures for some suggestions on “what to wear to the fair.”
Also, here are some additional tips and suggestions to think about when dressing for a job fair.
No club attire – meaning, if you wear it to a club, it probably does not belong in a workplace environment
Suit: 2-piece and matching
Pant OR skirt:
Pant: tailored, and not too tight
Skirt: Should cover thighs when seated, and no high slits
Colors: navy, black, dark brown or gray
Shirt: tailored and solid color or small print that matches suit and no cleavage
Jewelry: conservative watch is always a good idea.
Makeup: keep it conservative, and a little is usually better than none
Nails: clean and well-groomed, and no extreme lengths and/or colors
Shoes: close-toed pumps are always a smart choice. Avoid stilettos or chunky platforms. And for those who are not the heel-wearing type, simple, leather, close-toed flats are fine as well.
Purse OR brief bag:
Purse: keep it small and simple, color should match shoes
Brief bag: leather or micro-fiber, and avoid any tote-ish looking items
Suit: 2-piece and matching. Avoid a jacket that does not match the pant
Color: navy and dark gray are always the safe choices
Tie: a quality silk tie with a simple, small pattern
Shirt: long-sleeved shirts (even in the summer!) in white, light-blue solid or conservative stripes
Socks: dark socks (navy for brown shoes & black for black shoes) that are mid-calf length
Shoes: leather lace-ups or slip-ons, black or dark brown (invest in a nice pair; you’ll get your money back over the years, promise!)
Belt: leather and must match your shoes (black with black and brown with brown)
Facial hair: if worn, keep it well-groomed
Jewelry: conservative watch and no earrings
Hair: out of the face, clean, and neat
Lint: use a lint roller and remove it from your suit
Wrinkles: iron them out of the shirt! The dry-cleaning bill (usually you can get a student discount) is worth a possible job offer.
Perfume/Cologne: use sparingly, if at all. Don’t smell like smoke either!
Pad folio: usually looks more professional than taking notes and holding papers in a two-pocket folder or anything else.
Book bag: NEVER!
I hope some of these tips help. Bear in mind, that while you may not dress this way on a regular basis if you’re working in a more casual environment, it still makes the best impression to show up dressed this way for a job fair. Still need some help figuring out what to “wear to the fair?” Check out some more guidelines for professional dress provided by UNC Charlotte’s University Career Center here. Also, take a look at this YouTube video for these students’ take on professional dress — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbrdG638JjM
Source: “Interview Appearance and Attire” http://www.career.vt.edu/interviewing/InterviewAppearance.html