How-to-Dress for a Job Fair: Job Fair Dress Tips: Your appearance expresses motivation and professionalism; it creates respect for yourself Dress up rather than down; dress on the conservative side Pay attention to detail- from head to toe! Always pick and lay out your outfit the night before Do your research- see what companies will be at the fair beforehand and if they have a dress code/dress standards Positive Body Language You want to always come off to others as open, receptive to conversation, and a willing listener Facial expression: pleasant smile Hands: still and relaxed Eyes: steady and frequent eye-contact Head: still and straight Posture: straight and relaxed spine Arms: avoid crossing arms Formal Business- Men A clean, pressed two-piece matching suit is essential Safe suit colors options are: black, dark grey, dark brown, or navy Shirt should be long-sleeve in colors like: white, yellow, blue, green or black depending on suit color Tie should be silk material and complement the color of the suit and shirt. The pattern should be simple like stripes or a solid color Shoes should be either dark brown or black leather dress shoes with dark socks Informal Business- Men Possible combinations: Slacks with a long-sleeved shirt and tie A sports coat with matching slacks Khaki pants with a long-sleeved shirt and tie A nice sweater or blazer with slacks A watch is a nice touch No sneakers Formal Business vs. Informal Business for Men Formal: Informal: Formal Business- Women Wear a two-piece suit in dark colors: 2 options: Pants and a jacket or a knee-length skirt and a jacket Wear both options with a conservative blouse and dark tights if it’s fall or winter A moderate closed-toe heel in black, grey, or brown Accessories can dress up any suit (i.e. a necklace, colorful scarf, belt, watch, etc.) Informal Business- Women Possible combinations: An appropriate dress (i.e.- wrap dress) Khakis or slacks with a blouse A skirt and blouse Any jewelry or accessories to spice up the outfit! Formal Business vs. Informal Business for Women Formal: Informal: Appropriate Grooming Tips Keep hair clean and trimmed Men should be clean shaven and/or keep facial hair neatly trimmed Keep fingernails neat and trimmed Keep teeth brushed and breath fresh Use perfumes/colognes sparingly Women should wear light and natural looking make-up Shower daily and use deodorant Don’t smell like smoke!