Dress For Success

In a sea of other qualified students, this is your chance to stand out! Wearing appropriate, professional attire can increase your confidence and grab the attention of recruiters. A variety of styles is appropriate at a career fair, depending on the type of industry you are targeting. Research the industry for specific guidelines and standards. Here are some examples:

Formal - Conservative, modest

Examples: Consulting, Finance, Business, Legal, Government, Sales, Management

Women: Suit with skirt (knee level) and blouse; Suit with pants and blouse; Dress  shoes; No more than three pieces of jewelry (e.g., watch, earrings, ring).

Men: Suit and tie; Long sleeved dress shirt, tie, no jacket; Dress shoes.

Business Casual - Less conservative, traditional, modest

Examples: Internet, Technology, Entertainment, Non-Profit, Education, Advertising/Marketing/PR

Women: Skirt (knee level) and blouse; Long or short sleeved blouse; Slacks, khakis, dress jeans; No shorts, t-shirts, or tennis shoes; No more than three pieces of jewelry (e.g., watch, earrings, ring).

Men: Collared shirt, button up shirt, polo shirt; Slacks, Dockers, khakis, dress jeans; No shorts, t-shirts, or tennis shoes.

For more information, do a search at the UCLA Career Center Lab to find out more about videos, books, and other materials on dress codes.