“It’s the Inside That Counts” But Sometimes, the Outside Helps

how to dress career fair

Did you know that it only takes 7 seconds to make a good first impression? After a quick chat with a prospective employer, how would you like to be remembered?

 

From the first time you meet someone new, that person is already starting to paint a mental image of you. Although this impression may not be accurate, it can certainly affect the way they think about you and how they interact.

Research shows that 55% of a good first impression is built on appearance. Appropriately dressing for a Career Fair is the first step that could lead to a job interview. But, is there a perfect formula on how to dress for a Career Fair? Your best bet is to consider what all the employers you’re interested in might think about the way you’re presenting yourself. How would you feel if an office staff wore flip-flops? Yes, that is how the employer would feel too!

Let’s look at some tips to help you achieve this goal:
– Hair: it should be neatly trimmed or brushed
– Beard: groomed
Make up: light, natural
– Hats: big no-no! (unless it is for medical or religious reasons)
– Perfume/cologne: it’s best to use a discrete perfume, or not use at all
– Shirt/pants: clean and pressed
– Skirt/dress: knee length
*Always avoid: flip flops, t-shirts, tank tops, shorts, running shoes

 

Ready to dress for success now? While properly dressing is one the main things to consider when attending a Career Fair, please also think about your online presence!

Last but not least, we invite you to share a picture with us of “how you would dress” and “how you would not dress” and increase your chances of winning a $200CAD H&M gift card.

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