When you’re attending a Career Fair, whether you are a freshman student going to see what the hype is about, a sophomore student seeking your first internship, or a senior student looking for a full-time position, it’s important to look professional and carry yourself like an adult. You want to be remembered as the confident, intelligent young lady who showed true determination, not as the girl with discoballs for nails. With this in mind, I’ve compiled a list of beauty Do’s and Don’t’s for Career Fairs (or any sort of professional event).
Career Fair Do’s:
-DO get enough sleep before the day of the Career Fair. I think out of everything I list here this is the #1 thing you need to do. I know you’ll be nervous and stressed out especially if you’re a college senior looking for a full-time position but you need to get enough sleep. You don’t want to go to the Fair looking tired with dark circles under your eyes, because then you’ll be off your game. You want to be bright eyed, energetic, and determined, and you need to be well rested for that to happen.
-DO wear modest, subtle make-up. It’s important to wear a little bit of make-up so that you don’t look like you rolled out of bed, but it’s also important to know where to draw the line. You are looking for a job, not a modelling opportunity.
-DO wear neutral nail polish. This is important because there is a 99.9999% chance that you will be shaking A LOT of hands. You don’t want someone to look down at your hand and see bright yellow or lime green polish and have that be the focus of their attention. Instead, opt for nudes, dark reds, french, bare nails, or even grays. I would stay away from black because even though black nail polish looks fantastic, people still associate it with a punk look which is NOT what you’re trying to go for.
Career Fair Don’t’s:
-DON’T wear thick, cakey looking make-up. I know that some of you may have problem skin areas that require a lot of concealer and correction but if you go with that routine, chances are your make-up will stand out. Instead of a liquid foundation, try a powder foundation to cover what you want to cover but still look like you’re barely wearing anything.
-DON’T overdo the blush. This one is important because even though blush adds contour to your face which can definitely enhance those cheekbones, you do not want to look like someone slapped you across the face. If you normally opt for darker, redder, or pinker blushes, try to steer away from them and use a peach blush instead. Get your glow but keep it subtle.
-DON’T wear bright lipstick. I know I always talk about these gorgeous berries and reds that look perfect for each season but when you’re trying to look professional, you want to keep the lip color and gloss to a minimum. Wear a nude or pale pink lipstick to give yourself some color but make sure it’s not too bright.
Remember to be yourself. People will notice that you’re comfortable in your own skin, and confidence is an amazing quality to portray. You know yourself better than anyone else, so be yourself and show people what you are capable of. Stay tuned for more Career Fair related posts!