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What should I wear to a Job Expo?

post #1 of 12
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I am going to be graduating in May with bachelors in finance. So now I am now in the process of searching for employment. There is a job expo coming to my school in the next week and I would like your advice on what to wear. The flyer does not really specify and I don’t want to look silly if I am the only one there wearing a suit. Should I go with the business casual look or with my suit?
post #2 of 12
I'd probably go with business casual, although a suit might not hurt. If you go business casual, make sure that it is sharp business casual, not sloppy business casual. Working at a convention center I've seen far too many guys show up for such events in cargo/frayed khakis and rumpled shirts.
post #3 of 12
Go with the suit - for your sake, I hope that you are the only one there wearing one. It shows that you're the only prospective employee who is taking the expo and the companies in attendance seriously enough to dress appropriately. My rule of thumb - when you're interviewing or meeting a prospective employer for any type of professional job, wear a suit. Even if you know the office is business casual, wear a suit. You can wear business casual when you become an employee, but until then, show the interviewer and the company the respect of wearing a suit and tie. Good luck with the job expo. Bradford
post #4 of 12
If you plan on merely browsing brochures, go business casual -- hell, go in pajama pants. If you are going to meet a potential contact for a job, wear a suit.
post #5 of 12
Boring business suit. Charcoal, Navy, or navy pinstripe w/ solid white or blue shirt (preferably white). Wear a tie with a subtle pattern or a solid color; tie should be red or blue. Shine your shoes as well, make sure they are black. Shower, shave and comb your hair. Don't wear cologne. Don't forget to smile. Carry your resume in a leather folder. Before speaking to employers, pop a breath mint.
post #6 of 12
I would second Johnnynorman's reply. Wear a suit if you are actively seeking a job. No one will think you look silly, you're just taking the exercise seriously. We have them all the time at my school and almost everyone (except me) is wearing a suit. A word of advice though, I always see way too many guys in ill-fitting black suits (I always feel like yelling "For Shame." at them) thinking that they will land an interview right then and there. I was involved in a restructuring of my university's Career Centre and was told by several representatives from large businesses (banks, investment houses, accounting, etc.) that the main reason they come to these fairs is to make prospective applicants aware of their brand, not to hire students. The rep's are they to sell you on the company and why it is an attractive place to work. Rarely do they have a list of jobs they are actively seeking to fill with Job Expo participants. So by all means go and talk to the reps, but ensure you get the name of a manager that works on something you might want to work on. Than you can follow-up with them. Don't talk to anyone in HR. Hope this helps, and have fun. A.
post #7 of 12
I think the best thing to do in this situation is to wear a suit. It shows you are serious and a step above. You never know you might meet and make contacts with at your job expo. Wearing a suit makes a good impression and you only get one of those. I graduate next spring and will have the joy of attending those job expos as well. Good Luck....
post #8 of 12
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I was involved in a restructuring of my university's Career Centre and was told by several representatives from large businesses (banks, investment houses, accounting, etc.) that the main reason they come to these fairs is to make prospective applicants aware of their brand, not to hire students.
This is true. One of my friends is a first year hire (from undergrad) at a big Wall St. firm. They sent him to a career expo to represent the firm and he had only been working there for two months; goes to show you how seriously they take these things. What is so funny about the whole thing is that he has absolutely no pull in his company, and these undergrads were treating him as if he was head of HR. It's really terrible of the coporations to dupe students like that.
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice everyone. I guess ill go and see whats up but I won't expect too much to come of it.
post #10 of 12
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I am going to be graduating in May with bachelors in finance. So now I am now in the process of searching for employment.  There is a job expo coming to my school in the next week and I would like your advice on what to wear. The flyer does not really specify and I don’t want to look silly if I am the only one there wearing a suit.  Should I go with the business casual look or with my suit?
just out of curiousity, where are you located? There is a job expo coming to my school in the next week (Friday April 8 to be precise) and I was wondering if we're from the same school..
post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
I am at Texas State University.
post #12 of 12
ok. Must just be the time of year for them then..
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