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    MYTH 7: “It’s alright to show up in my jeans and Georgetown sweatshirt.”
    The Reality: First impressions matter and you want to have an appropriate outfit. Dress professionally and ask a few people for their opinions if you’re not sure. This really could make a huge difference in how the recruiter feels and thinks about you.

    For men: Wear a suit or, at the very least, business slacks, a button down shirt and a tie. Remember to wear dress shoes and a belt that coordinate with your outfit. Sneakers and sandals with a polished outfit make you look unprepared and the employer will immediately think about whether you would be a good representative of their company. You’ll also want to make sure your suit and shirt are ironed. Showing up at the fair looking wrinkly mess is not a good way to make a first impression.

    For women: Wear a skirt or pant suit. If you don’t have one, dress in business casual with a nice pair of slacks or a skirt and a well-fitted blouse. This is not the time to try out your new heels. You don’t want to look awkward walking around or be in pain as you stand in long lines at the fair. Also remember to watch the length of your skirts and how low-cut your tops might be. A blouse or skirt that could be very cute for a night out to dinner might not be appropriate for the career fair. And throwing on a jacket doesn’t automatically make your outfit professional.

    For everyone: Practice good commonsense hygiene. Shower, comb your hair, and brush your teeth. Go easy on the cologne or perfume. Some people are sensitive to scents and you don’t want to distract anyone. Also remember to bring mints instead of gum if you’re worried about bad breath. When you’re thinking about your overall look, feel free to be yourself, but also recognize what message you may be sending to employers.

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