You always want to "dress to impress" when you’re going to a job fair or hiring event. While you don’t need to wear an expensive custom-tailored tuxedo, your attire should be clean, neat, and tidy. You don’t want to stand out for the wrong reasons! How you present yourself is one way you communicate with others, and many hiring managers agree that first impression is just as important as your resume.
For men, that means pants (not jeans, sweats, or shorts) and a tucked in collared shirt. For women, slacks or a skirt and a blouse, or a simple dress.
Regardless of the position you’re seeking, dress “one level up.” For example. if you’re looking for a construction job, show up to a hiring fair in business casual; you’re trying to make a professional connection.
Wear clean, sensible shoes. Pull out the shoe-shine kit and give your shoes a scrub. No flip flops or sandals; wear closed-toe shoes. Women should avoid high-heeled shoes.
Dressing up will make you feel more confident. That confidence will show through as you meet with potential employers.
Make sure your clothes are neatly pressed. Nothing says “I don’t care” more than a wrinkled shirt!
Avoid ill-fitting clothes. Not only will you feel uncomfortable (which will gnaw at your self-confidence), but it makes a poor impression to potential employers.
Stick with solid colors or simple prints. You don’t want to be the guy in the loud Hawaiian shirt, or the gal with the wild cheetah print top.
Hair should be neatly combed away from the face. Eyes communicate much in these environments – don’t cover yours up!
If you’re still unsure, check the company’s website or Facebook page That could give you insight into the image the company wants to give its employees – and how they should dress.
How you show up to a job fair or hiring event is part of your hiring package – much like your resume. Put your best foot forward by following our tips for what to wear when attending one of these events to make a great first impression.