Professional Dress

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Why Professi nal Dress is Important You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Dressing professionally shows potential employer that you take the opportunity, your career, and yourself seriously. The CSC requires Business Professional dress at Career Fairs and other annual events , so it’s best to start building that closet of professional attire early! Not sure what to wear? Check out some tips below: Business Professional What to Wear for an Interview & Career Fair • Invest in a good quality suit (black, dark grey, brown or navy) and a standard long-sleeve button-up dress shirt (white or solid light blue) or basic shell in understated colors • Maintain a “less is more” mentality with makeup, nail polish, lipstick and jewelry • Shoes should be close-toed, simple and professional (avoid heels higher than two inches) • Socks, hosiery, belts and accessories should be in matching neutral tones • Ties should be solid colors, stripes, or small patterns • Skirts should be no shorter than knee-length • Carry a portfolio or briefcase large enough to carry your unfolded resume or other materials Other Tips for Success • Investigate the organization where you are interviewing to see what the average employee wears. A good guideline is to always dress more formally than would be expected on the job. • Remember that it is easier to dress down conservative clothes than dress up informal attire. • Make sure you are well-groomed and your attire is laundered, pressed and wrinkle-free • Make sure clothes fit correctly and are not too loose or too tight • Avoid anything that is too trendy or “loud”

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