It doesn’t matter where a job fair occurs – whether in a swanky conference center or a warehouse parking lot, each merits professional dress. Wear clothes almost as formal as those you’d select for a job interview. Follow these 6 job fair attire tips from the pros:
1. Dress comfortably
But not too comfortably. A job fair is not the place for sweats, t-shirt and flip-flops. Wear professional clothes that fit well and make you feel confident.
2. Dress neatly
Clothes should be free from stains, tears and wrinkles.
3. Dress modestly
Don’t wear to a job fair what you’d wear for a night out on the town.
4. Business casual is expected
Employers expect attendees to wear business casual clothing like slacks and a button-up shirt for men or a pants suit for women.
5. Avoid distracting colors or patterns
Don’t wear any clothes that distract from you as a person.
6. When in doubt, ask beforehand
Find out who organized the job fair and contact them about suggested clothing.
Another aspect of attire often overlooked by job seekers is overall appearance and presentation: Are nails manicured and hair well-groomed? Do you smell nice but not overpowering? Is your jewelry tasteful and quiet?
Strive to appear professional and well put together. You want potential employers to notice your confidence – not your disheveled appearance.