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Business Casual Dress for the Part-time Job Fair

For those of you planning to attend the Part-time Job Fair (which all of you should) on October 2nd, here are some helpful tips on how to dress business casual.


  • If it’s “club friendly,” you probably shouldn’t wear it
  • Choose  clothes that aren’t too tight
  • Choose skirts that come to the knee while standing and cover your thighs when seated
  • Select tailored shirts, blouses, sweaters and sweater sets – avoid those revealing cleavage


  • Shave and have well-groomed, professional-looking hair
  • Select long-sleeved shirts (dressier) or short-sleeved in summer
  • Select pressed slacks or khakis
  • Wear leather shoes, no sandals, athletic shoes or boots, with matching, mid-calf socks
  • Ties are generally not necessary, but if in doubt, wear one and match belt with shoe color
  • Wear a conservative watch, avoid earrings or other jewelry


  • Shorts
  • Flip-flops
  • T-shirts
  • Tight or baggy fits
  • Excessive perfume or cologne
  • Missing buttons, tears or rips


  • Hair: Should be clean and neat
  • Shoes: Should be in polished condition.
  • Details: No missing buttons, no lint; and don’t forget to remove external tags and tacking stitches from new clothes (students often forget to clip the tacking in the back slit of their jackets)
  • Hands: Clean fingernails
  • Fit: Clothes should be clean, neatly pressed, and fit properly, neither tight nor baggy. Try them on early to make sure of fit and condition
  • Smell: Perfume or cologne should be used sparingly or not at all; don’t smell like smoke

Please note that this year we do have a wide variety of employers coming out to recruit UNC Charlotte students, so be sure to do your research on the companies before arriving at the fair. Some of the larger companies may want you to be in business professional due to a more formal work environment. If in doubt about what to wear err, on the side of caution and wear business professional https://uncccareer.wordpress.com/2011/08/09/professional-attire-what-to-wear-to-the-fair/; it’s always better to be over-dressed than under-dressed!

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