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Dressing to Create a Positive First Impression

When dressing for a Career Fair or job interview, think conservatism and conformity. Although many companies have adopted a “business casual” dress code, job candidates are still expected to dress in traditional office attire. This means a conventional suit for both women and men.

General Guidelines

  • Make sure you hair is neatly trimmed and styled.
  • Have your clothes dry-cleaned and/or pressed 3 days in advance.
  • Polish your shoes and check the heels.
  • Check your hosiery or socks for runs or holes.
  • Don't lug in your book bag; keep it simple and professional with a classic portfolio containing your resume.
  • Make a last minute check in the restroom before you go into a career fair or interview.


  • A two-piece suit is preferable, but a coat and tie with dress pants (not khakis) will suffice for a career fair.
  • When choosing a suit, choose solid colors and conservative patterns that will stand the test of time. They are safer then bold prints and patterns.
  • Wear a long-sleeved (yes, even if it’s hot) button down shirt in a solid color (preferably white) or conservative pattern.
  • Don't wear a loud, silly, or ugly tie. Ties allow you to show some individuality, but don’t go overboard. Leave your Donald Duck or Bulldog tie at home.
  • Wear polished shoes with socks high enough so no skin is visible when you sit down and cross your legs.


  • A suit with a knee-length skirt and tailored blouse or shell is most appropriate.
  • Accessories should be kept simple: shoes, jewelry, and makeup should present a professional image. Think low-heeled leather pumps; small gold, silver or pearl earrings, no more than one ring per hand. There is a seven accessories maximum, including eye glasses.
  • Hosiery is a must, regardless of the temperature outside. Stick with sheer hose without a pattern or design. Carry an extra pair for emergencies.

Career FairFor more information

Peggy Collins Feehery
Director of Career and Professional Development Services
Hasty Student Life Center, Room 301
Office: (770) 720-5548
Fax: (770) 720-9105

Career Services Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Office of Career Services recognizes the need for confidentiality so an individual feels free to explore concerns, formulate plans, make decisions and initiate appropriate actions. All concerns expressed to the Career Consultant shall remain confidential.