You may have already heard that a suit and tie is your best bet for a job interview. But did you know that your choice of suit and tie can be just as important as wearing business wear in the first place?Different colors, patterns, and cuts can give potential employers different impressions. The differences are subtle, and often their effect is on a subconscious level, but they could still mean the difference between getting the job…and getting the boot.
Here are five things to wear in order to impress a potential employer.
Going to a job fair or a career fair can be nerve-wracking not just because you have to impress so many potential employers, but also because you may have a hard time deciding what to wear. Whereas an interview almost always requires professional attire – a suit and tie – career fairs vary in the type of attire they expect. To complicate matters further, they host a variety of employers, all of whom have their own expectations.
Although some career fairs request that participants dress in business casual, professional or business attire is the traditional expectation. To determine what you should wear to a particular job fair, check the literature on the event – you may find information about what to wear in the flyer or on a web page about the event.
Business Attire for Career Fairs
If you are required to wear business attire to the career fair, remember while choosing your clothing that you are being asked to represent your most professional side. All of the elements of your outfit should combine to create the best possible impression on your potential employers.
Suit – Business attire requires a suit for occasions such as this one. If you don’t have one, choose slacks and a sport jacket that look as professional as possible, but a suit is highly recommended. Dark, conservative colors such as dark grey or navy are the best choices; you may choose between a solid suit or one with subtle pinstripes, but be sure to avoid any obvious patterns or colors. Make sure your suit is clean and neatly pressed before the event.
Shirt – Always wear a long-sleeved button down shirt with business attire, as a short-sleeved shirt tends to look more casual, even if it is a button down style. Your shirt should also be clean and neatly pressed.
Tie – A conservative tie should always be worn to a career fair – never anything too trendy, cutesy, or humorous! Traditional patterns such as a diagonal stripe are best, and colors should be dark and fairly muted. Never choose anything that will act like a bull’s eye to draw a potential employer’s gaze away from your face.
Summer – the season so dreaded by many well-dressed men – is coming. With the longer, sunnier days comes the discomfort of wearing heavy clothes and multiple layers in the summer heat. But do men’s fashions always have to be hot and uncomfortable in the summer? We say they don’t. Here are six ways to beat the summer heat while still looking your best.
Experiment with a more casual look. Summer tends to be more casual than other seasons. Check with your office dress code – you may be able to make all sorts of changes to your wardrobe to make the warm weather days more comfortable for you. For instance, your workplace may let you dispense with the jacket and even the tie, except on days where a formal business appearance is necessary. But even if your workplace or a special occasion doesn’t let you lose some of the layers, there are still things you can do to keep your cool in the summer heat.
When it comes to a new job, the interview isn’t the only place to which you should consider wearing a suit and tie. While the dress code at your new workplace may range from casual to business formal, your objective the first day is to make a good impression on your new coworkers – and, most importantly, your superiors.
Dress Slightly More Conservatively than the Dress Code
Knowing the dress code in your new workplace will go a long ways toward helping you choose an outfit – and easing some of your anxiety as to whether it’s appropriate. But how do you find out what dress code you should follow?