Women’s Professional Dress

So you’ve prepared for the career fair by fine tuning your resume, researching companies in attendance and perfecting your 30 second pitch. But now you’re wondering, “What should I wear?” Follow these 5 guidelines and you’ll be dressed for success in no time.

  1. Fit is everything! No matter what you choose, if it doesn’t fit properly it’s not going to look professional. Avoid low-cut shirts, sleeves that are too long, skirts that are too short and pants that are either too short or too long. You want to make sure that your clothes make you feel comfortable so that you don’t have to worry about adjusting and pulling.
  2. Classic or trendy? As a general rule of thumb, stay away from trendy. Stick to pieces that are classic staples, such as a black pant suit with a white shirt. Knee length pencil skirts are also appropriate.
  3. There’s a time and a place for statement jewelry. A career fair is not one of them. If you’d like to wear jewelry, keep it to small, subtle pieces. Don’t let your jewelry distract potential employers from your amazing resume and personality!
  4. A closed toe, medium height pump is the most appropriate choice in shoes. It is best to choose a color that matches your suit. Platform shoes, stilettos, sandals and boots are not appropriate professional attire.

For pictures of appropriate and inspirational career fair attire, please visit the W. P. Carey Business Career Center Pinterest page.

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