One of our big events for the Spring semester is the Career Fair on the Fox. Even if you can’t recite your elevator pitch forward and backward, your company research is all prepared, and your resume has been scoured and no t’s have been left uncrossed or i’s left un-dotted, but you can still blow the Career Fair experience if you don’t arrive in professional dress.
You’ve probably heard the saying you don’t get a second chance at a first impression.
A whopping 55% of how we dress, act and walk through the door are the biggest factors of an interviewer or recruiter’s first impression.
So let’s get down to the first impression wardrobe do’s and don’ts. Sweatpants, hoodies and sneakers are completely out of the question. Most jeans, even if they are MissMe or $200 designer jeans, aren’t going to get the reaction you desire either.
Suit up. For women pantsuits, pencil or A-line skirts paired with a button down and a cardigan or blazer are key pieces. Avoid anything too tight. Even if you want to show off your amazing figure, you can flatter your assets without flashing your assets. Keep it conservative with an appropriate neckline and hemline. Add a pop of color with a scarf or simple statement jewelry.
Men should also wear a suit or pair dress pants with a button down and a sweater vest. A tie or bow tie is always appropriate as long as the pattern and print aren’t distracting to the interviewer. Of course you want to make a memorable impression, but charm them with your knowledge and wit without searing that loud ugly tie into their brain.
The best part is that it’s extremely affordable. These two display outfits cost under $10 each thanks to the local Fox Valley Thrift Shop. Affordable, professional, stylish and memorable makes for a lasting impression. Not the best at coming up with fashionable combinations or feeling fashion an savvy challenged? No problem! Check out sites with professional dress ideas like Pinterest. Many pins can lead you to fashion blogs and offer endless ideas to keep you looking and feeling sharp.