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Bag & Baggage

IT IS BUSY, noisy and overcrowded but that's how job fairs are - and it will get stressful. If, that is you let it get that way by not preparing adequately in advance. There are a few things that one can do before attending the fair, which will ensure success. Critics often run down job fairs as yet another jamboree but such events are not a waste of time if you know <110>how<111> to attend one.

What you need to bring

Make a list of all the items, which you need at the fair and take them along without fail!

First, take multiple copies of your résumés. Though there are photocopiers available at the venue, it will be wiser not to waste time jostling with several hundred others to take a copy. If possible, you might like to prepare different versions of the résumé for different companies. Your résumé must be well prepared and up to date

Be organised. Carry the letters of recommendation you have, a portfolio of your work, a smart briefcase to keep your papers

Check the paper to get a list of employers so that you can shortlist those you want to meet

Dress Code

Come dressed for success! If you are keen on making the right impression, treat the event as a formal occasion and dress accordingly. Gentlemen need not wear a suit or a tie and shirt, but tuck in that shirt, and make sure it's not garish and more appropriate for a beach. Trainers are out and khakis should be left at home. Avoid earrings, and tattoos. Ponytails and shoulder length hair is a disaster and dreadlocks will deadlock you. Button up to the last but one button if you aren't wearing a tie. Plain shirts and plain, matching/contrasting trousers - not skin tight nor billowing about like a parachute. Plain shoes that match and suit your trousers.

Ladies can be certain that with simple salwar suits, or single tint saris, they will be appropriately dressed. Muted colours, darker rather than vibrant will be most suitable.

Minimal jewellery, and makeup is indicated, and please do not stun with scent or douse yourself with deodorant.

If you must wear a skirt, see that it ends at the knee at least. It might be sanctioned by society, but job fairs aren't a society event.

Finally, be remembered for the right reasons. Your résumé and smart dressing may not be the only things that will help you in clinching the offer, but they will prepare you to face the interview with greater equanimity.


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