WHAT TO WEAR: Career Fair

What to Wear

As the career fair quickly approaches, there are a few important factors to keep in mind when dressing for the occasion. Always dress professionally and classy, as your clothing will be the first thing the employers will see. Making a good first impression on the company you want to work for is practically half of the battle!

Pictured is a Fashionista who means business. She embodies style and professionalism throughout every aspect of her look. Her traditional black suit is ideal for any college event requiring business professional attire, especially the career fair. The University of Dayton’s spring career fair will take place on Monday, February 3rd from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at the UD Arena. With hundreds of students attending, it’s important to ensure that you will stand out in the minds of the recruiters, and that they will know who you are when they review your resume later on.

This particular Fashionista added a little pop of color to her simple and refined pantsuit, in order to set herself apart from her peers and be easily remembered by her desired employer. Her royal blue blouse is classy and distinctive. When paired with black business clothing, royal blue makes a statement, yet isn’t too flashy.

Along with a classic black suit, a pair of low black closed-toe pumps are essential for achieving the business professional look. This is the one time I will say this: stay away from the five inch stilettos, Fashionistas! Keeping it classy and conservative is key.

A black tote bag is an important accessory to complement your career fair attire. Rather than carrying your everyday purse, a tote bag is more suitable for the occasion. The vertical nature of this particular style of bag will easily hold a portfolio and plenty of copies of your resume.

All of my UD Fashionistas, you have four days to prepare for this big day! Head over to the Career Services office if you need more helpful tips on questions to ask, or even suggestions to improve your resume. Mirroring this Fashionista’s look will provide you with a stylish and business professional ensemble, perfect for the upcoming career fair.

One Simple Change: Substitute the blazer for a cream-colored cardigan the next time you’re scheduled to meet with a professor.


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