Dress for Success for the Career Opportunities Fair

Guest Writer:  Anna Lopez-Ratouis, Career Peer Advisor and Mass Communication/PR Major at Georgia College

The Career Opportunities Fair will take place November 14 in Atlanta at the Cobb Galleria Centre.  For students still wondering about attire, here is some advice on how to dress for success and make a positive impression on employers.
People say “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”, so to get it right the first time follow a few recommendations from the Career Center before you attend the Career Opportunities Fair.

For ladies:
Choose appropriate fitting pants with a matching with jacket/blazer.  The colors should be conventional. If you want to wear a skirt make sure that the length is appropriate. For skirts, just above the knees is a good length. A blouse is necessary underneath the blazer.  Make sure your blouse is not see through or too revealing.  As for shoes, heels should be medium height but if you feel more comfortable with flats, wear flats !  Closed-toe shoes are preferred but can sometimes be hard to find.  If you must wear peep-toe pumps, make sure you have a fresh pedicure and that the rest of the shoe is very conservative.

Don’t wear too much jewelry or carry a bag that is too ostentatious.  Understated is best.
Here is an example of a classic but seasonal and trendy look that you could put together for the career fair.

Professional attire and accessories appropriate for a career fair.

For gentleman:
You can never go wrong with two-piece suit and a matching pair of shoes.  In most professional settings, you want to go for a traditional colors such as black, navy blue or grey. For the shirt, white and light blue will match almost any suit color.  Ties allows you to show your personality and individuality, however avoid ties with comic characters.  The fabric quality is important as well.  Silk ties with a slight pop of color is the way to go.  Your socks should be dark.

The picture below shows a great look for men attending a career fair.

Try to find clothes that are both professional and comfortable so you feel confident in them. Avoid touching your face and hair while you talk to people.  You also want to focus on the person and not everything around you so maintain good  eye contact and avoid checking the time or your cell phone.  Your appearance and personal hygiene is important to recruiters because it shows that you pay attention to your image and that you respect the people the people around you.

Follow these steps and you will all set for success!

The Career Center will be taking a bus to the career fair.  Sign-up for your seat on the bus by November 5.  Drop by 132 Lanier Hall to sign-up and pay your $10 deposit to save your seat on the bus.  We’ll be leaving from campus at 9:30 a.m. and returning around 5:00 p.m.  Students can also carpool together for the event.

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