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How to Dress for a Teacher's Job Fair

by Beth Winston

When you're searching for a job, it is important to make a good first impression. This is particularly true for aspiring teachers, who must appear trustworthy and presentable. You never know when you might be meeting someone who can connect you with that dream classroom opportunity. Forums like job fairs provide access to numerous potential employers, so be sure to dress for success.

Smart

In any hiring situation, you always want to dress at least one step smarter than the clothes you'd wear to the job itself. So think how you would usually present yourself in the classroom, and then improve upon that. It's hard to go wrong with a conservative suit in a dark color. If you don't own a suit, then dressy separates -- dark slacks or a skirt and a light colored shirt or blouse -- are also perfectly acceptable. You want to give the impression that you have thought carefully about your appearance, and that the recruiter's opinion is important to you.

Grooming

Your clothes should always be clean and well pressed, and they should fit you well. Women should not wear anything that's too revealing, such as a short skirt or low cut top. Don't wear overpowering perfume or aftershave. Your hair should be neat and well groomed, and men should be clean shaven or with well-trimmed facial hair.

Bag

Invest in a smart leather brief case, preferably one with a shoulder strap. That way you have a convenient and professional way to carry resumes and lesson plan samples that you might want to hand out to prospective employers. You'll also be able to keep both hands free to shake hands with recruiters or take business cards.

Shoes

While you want to appear professional, think comfort too when it comes to your footwear. You'll be walking a lot during a job fair and will be on your feet for perhaps several hours at a time. Your shoes should be smart but not ill-fitting, and you should avoid high heels. Much better to be able to arrive at each booth with a genuine smile on your face, rather than grimacing about your pinched toes.

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