If you want to make a meaningful, lasting impression at the Kelley Career Fair, keep reading. After talking with the Kelley Indianapolis Career Services Office and employers, we’ve identified four ways you can “wow” an employer, and get that position you want.
Let’s get started.
- Dress in business professional attire
Your attire should exhibit your credibility, confidence and professionalism. Don’t show up in shorts. Really, please don’t do that. You might be thinking, “Isn’t that obvious?” You would think so, but we’ve seen students wearing shorts and sporting messy hair. What kind of impression do you think that leaves an employer with? First impressions set the tone, so make yours a positive one.
Men: Business professional attire is a full suit with matching jacket and pants. A collared shirt should be complemented with a tie and dress shoes. One note about the tie, don’t wear your Christmas tie decorated with Santa Claus and cookies. Save that for your family’s Christmas dinner.
You can wear a three-piece suit, if you’d like. If you don’t own a good suit, or if you’re running low on cash, there are dozens of resale stores across Indianapolis where you’re sure to find something that will fit.
Women: Business professional is a suit in a neutral color with either long pants or skirt that goes below the knees. You can accessorize, but keep it simple and not too overwhelming. Wear scuff-free heels (less than 3 inches high) or flats in a neutral color.
Ladies, if you’d like to switch it up a bit, wear a black blazer with a charcoal or burgundy pant or skirt. Most importantly, be comfortable in what you’re wearing. If you’re not comfortable—it will show.
- Research the companies attending
When meeting with an employer for the first time, you should appear to know just as much about the company as the employer does. Trust us, if you’ve done your research and are educated about the company’s mission and what they do, you’re going to “wow” the employer.
You can view the employers who will attend the February 9th career fair on the Kelley Indianapolis Career Services website.
There are a few simple tricks to researching a company. Most effective is reading its “About Us” section. On this page, companies typically share how they are different from the competition, and they’ll display their core values. Knowing what makes a company stand out, and providing examples of how you can contribute, will impress and assure them you’ve done your research. It’s also important to know how long they’ve been in business.
Ashley Murphy is the director of human resources at Spot, one of Indiana’s fastest growing companies. She recommends finding the company’s social media pages and taking notes on their recent posts.