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Is it OK to show up to a career fair in scrubs?

Dear Donna,

I’m planning to attend a career fair near the hospital where I work just to see what else is out there. I work the night shift and won’t have time to go home and change and then come back to the event. Is it OK to show up in scrubs? I don’t want my boss to see me changing and think I’m going on a job interview.

Wondering What to Wear to a Career Fair,

Dear Wondering What to Wear to a Career Fair,

It is always important to look your professional best when attending a career fair or any professional networking situation. You just never know who you might meet and what opportunities may present themselves, whether you are looking for a job or not. So wearing scrubs is not ideal.

Consider bringing business clothes with you and changing at the career fair location when you arrive there. If that is not practical, consider mentioning to your supervisor beforehand that you plan to attend the career fair. Regardless of the reason you are attending you can say that you want to attend the continuing education sessions and talk to some of the higher education institutions that will be there. Offer to share handouts or materials with your supervisor and staff members if applicable. This way you are not hiding anything and if anyone sees you at the event, everything will be on the up and up.

Read “How to get the most out of attending a career fair” for additional tips on making the most of your time there along with the benefits of attending. Here are a list of upcoming events.

Best wishes,

By | 2021-05-07T09:29:06-04:00 June 10th, 2015|Categories: Nursing Careers and Jobs|0 Comments

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Donna Cardillo
Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP, is president of Known as The Inspiration Nurse, she is a keynote speaker, retreat and seminar leader, and author of "Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional" and "The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career." She brings more than 25 years of clinical, management and business experience to her role as career guru.

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