Where Are You Going Dressed Like That?
As I sit here reading over the employer comments from last year’s job fairs, I feel the need to talk about the crazy things students wear to these opportunities. This is not to make fun of anyone, but if you see yourself in one of these descriptions, you might need help.
If you did not think the employers would notice that you were wearing workout clothes, they did.
And that outfit you spent an outrageous amount on and thought, “It’s a little over the top, but it’s the nicest thing I own, so it’ll be fine”? They noticed that, too.
If you thought you could blend in with those shorts and flip-flops, you were mistaken.
And let’s not forget that sexy little number you knew would get you noticed at the club that unfortunately also got you noticed at the job fair, just not in a positive way.
That First Impression
There are a lot of things that go into making a first impression and one of them is what you’re wearing. If you are going to attend a job fair, whether it is for a part-time or full-time position, dress like you want a job.
When you look good, employers think of you as being prepared, trustworthy and educated. So, here are some tips to help you. Yes, some of these are common sense, but we all don’t have the same level of common sense, so grin and keep reading.
- Dress for the event you are attending. If you’re attending a part-time job fair, a three-piece suit might not be the right thing to wear.
- Shoes do matter. Leave the tennis shoes and flip-flops at home. If you’re wearing dress shoes, make sure to polish them. If you’re wearing high heels, be reasonable. Now is not the time for 7-inch stilettos that sparkle.
- Minimize the jewelry you wear, in both size and amount. As cool as your nose ring is, it will not impress most employers.
- Ladies, do not put your assets out on display. You might be proud of these assets, but if the employer’s eyes never make it above your neck, then you’re wasting your time.
- Wear clothing that fits. Don’t borrow a suit jacket that is two sizes too big. You would look better in an ironed shirt with a tie that fits than a too big or too small suit. Also, don’t put on anything that looks like it has been shrink-wrapped to your body. (Most of us do not want to know where you may or may not have extra flesh.)
- Wear clothing that is appropriate to your chosen industry.
- Hair should be clean and nicely styled. It should not be a distraction.
- Makeup should not be a distraction either. If you look like Lady Gaga, then you have too much on. Same goes for nails. No sparkle or funky colors. And if your nails could be considered a lethal weapon, you should clip them.
- Less is more when it comes to cologne or perfume. If a person can’t breathe around you, then they can’t talk to you.
- When in doubt, do not do it. If you have concerns, then find something else.
Job Fair Ready
Finally, it is better to be a tad bit overdressed than underdressed. Remember clean, neat and conservative will always be better than wrinkled, unkempt and too casual when attending a job fair.
It’s not about your fashion sense or personal style. It’s about making the most of every opportunity. You never know where that opportunity can take you.