By Christina B, English ’18
Career Fair season is upon us, and with the nerves such an event brings on, we might forget how to dress to impress. Sure, we know that wearing jeans to a professional event is not the best move, but after a long day of class and no time to run home to change, jeans may be the only option. Not a good look… While a career fair is not a job interview, the chance to interact with professionals is still a time to put your best foot forward. And that starts with a crisp outfit.
Here are a few tips and tricks to remember when assembling an outfit for both men and women:
- Blazer/shirt combo
- Conservative neckline
- Ironed and crisp dress shirt/jacket
- Classy tie in a darker color
- Appropriate length, neckline and color
- short and bright pink with a plunging neckline may be a dress for another time
- Skirts no higher than 2 inches above the knee
- Ironed slacks or pants
- Make sure the cuff isn’t too long to be messy or stepped on
- Light to no distracting accessories
- Easy on the cologne or perfume
- Comfortable shoes; flats, low heels, dress shoes, loafers
- Leave the sneakers at home!
It seems like there’s a lot of “don’ts” which is 1000% true. But while this outfit may not express much fashion-wise, it showcases your ability to present yourself professionally. Your outfit is advertising, “Yes! I am capable of ironing a shirt instead of showing up with creased lines on my collar!” It may seem silly, but the care of your clothes can relate to the care you’ll show in your work. Show your potential employers that you care. Good luck at your next career fair, go Pilots!