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Dress to impress for Career Fair

September 30, 2011

Professional dress is the main indicator of student admittance to the Career Fair. The 20th annual Career Fair will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 in the Riverview Ballroom of the Universtiy Center. Like last year, the Career Fair will be enforcing a dress code in which students who plan on attending will be required to follow.

First impressions at the Career Fair are important. The way in which students represent themselves sends an immediate message to employers about how serious they are about their career search. Part of staying competitive is portraying an image that employers respect.

Students attending the fair should plan to dress to impress. Suits, ties, khakis, dress pants, dress shoes, knee-length skirts, sweaters, dress shirts and blazers are encouraged. Inappropriate dress includes sweatshirts, sweatpants, shorts, t-shirts, pants with holes, hats or flip flops. Any student who is dressed inappropriately will be turned away at the door or be asked to change.

The Career Fair dress code began when attending employers commented on how UW-River Falls students were not dressed professionally, citing incidences where students wore sweatpants and flip flops to the fair. Within one year of having an enforced dress code, Career Services received positive feedback from employers including, “So happy your students have a dress code!”

More information on the Career Fair, the attending organizations and tips for professional dress can be found at www.uwrf.edu/Career- Fair or by contacting Career Services at 425-3572, or at Hagestad Hall room 211.