How to Dress for a Career Fair

“Put your best foot forward.” “First impressions count.” “Dress for success.”

No matter how you say it, it does matter what you wear to a career fair. Whether you’re a senior, looking for your first, entry-level position, an underclassman looking for an internship, or a freshman who’s just looking to see what all the fuss is about, it’s important to be properly dressed for the occasion.

The Hawk Career Fair is coming up on Wednesday, September 28th and we want you to attend. However, if you aren’t appropriately dressed, someone is going to ask you to change into something more appropriate. What is appropriate? Look at some of these suggestions:

  • According to, “The US Department of Labor says 16 percent to 18 percent of all job seekers find jobs at career fairs. So the reality is that your formal interview begins the moment the person behind the booth lays eyes on you.”
  • According to “Business Casual is usually the most appropriate at job fair – nice slacks and a collared shirt for men (a tie is a good idea too) and nice slacks or a skirt and a blouse for women are appropriate. Make sure your clothes are clean and pressed. Avoid wearing excessive jewelry or clothing that is too short or revealing.”
  • suggests, among other things:  “Wear interview attire. In some cases business casual attire is also appropriate, but it’s better to err on the side of caution. Potential employers are much more impressed with those who overdress than those who are under-dressed.”

If, like me, you are more visual, here are a couple of sites with pictures:

My own piece of personal observation: Don’t forget to wear dress shoes (make sure they’re comfortable and polished)!

Photo by: brennuskrux