Preparing for a Career Fair

Attending a career fair is one of the more exciting ways to meet employers to introduce yourself, share your qualifications, and leave behind a resume. Before you go, you should make sure you’re fully prepared. Here is a list of suggestions to prepare yourself prior to attending a career fair:

  • Identify which employers are attending the career fair.
  • Research employers that you are interested in visiting with.
  • Plan what you are going to wear at least three days before the career fair. You don’t want to have a wrinkled shirt or not have clean, matching socks. For more information, visit our resource on professional dress here.
  • Print off extra resumes to share with recruiters who you plan to talk to and also those you may not be preparing to visit with.
  • Practice your conversation starter and hand shake.
  • Visit the Career and Advising Center to answer any lingering questions.

Guidelines for dressing for a career fair

  • Remember to Dress to Impress
  • Business professional is preferred for students who are looking for a job or internship.
  • If women choose to wear a heeled shoe, the heel should be modest (less than 2″)
  • Pants/skirts/tops should not be too fitted or short. The hemline for skirts should be at the knee.

Do not wear:

  • Wrinkled clothing
  • Cleavage
  • Shorts
  • Flip flops
  • Jeans
  • Mini skirts
  • Yoga pants
  • Leggings

Find out if you’re ready for the career fair.


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