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6 Ways to Land a Job at Vision Expo West

Six Ways to Land A Job

AUGUST 25, 2015 | STEVEN SQUIRES

1. Treat Everyone You Meet as a Potential Employer

Vision Expo is an excellent opportunity to rub elbows with some of the industry’s top executives, scholars, and practicing professionals. As a job seeker, it’s in your best interest to treat your short time interacting with these people as one big interview - just without the formality. Take time to learn names, discuss topics of mutual interest, and exchange casual dialogue with everyone you meet. You never know who’s hiring, recruiting, or even just simply looking for talent in unusual places.

2. Dress Like the Professional You Want to Be

Las Vegas can bring out the best (and the worst) wardrobes in each and every one of us. When it comes to Vision Expo West, it’s best to play it safe and dress for the job you want, not for the one you may or may not have. Business casual is typically the best wardrobe choice for events such as these, which generally consists of the following guidelines for women and men:

Guidelines for business casual dress

In general, clothes should be clean, unwrinkled and look professional. Your clothes should have a good fit -- not too tight or loose -- and anything too revealing is definitely inappropriate (cleavage, stomach, undergarments, etc.). Also, you should consider what you will be doing on a particular day. If you are meeting with clients, err on the conservative side. Generally, clothing suited for the beach, dance clubs, exercise classes, sporting events and yard work is often too casual for work.

Hats

Usually hats and ball caps are seen as inappropriate in the office, but obviously head covers worn for religious purposes are fine.

Footwear

Dress heels, deck-type shoes, loafers, flats, dress boots and walking shoes are usually seen as fine. What are often viewed as inappropriate are flip-flops, slippers, hiking boots, sneakers and overly flashy athletic shoes. Key to remember: Shoes should be clean and polished (not scuffed).

Slacks, pants and suit pants

Generally those slacks that are wool, flannel, corduroy, linen, cotton (similar to Dockers or khakis) or nice-looking capris (for women) are acceptable. Inappropriate: jeans, sweatpants, leather pants, cargo pants, short shorts, leggings, biking shorts, exercise pants and overalls.

Skirts, dresses and skirted suits

Casual dresses and skirts of a length that let you sit comfortably in public are fine (usually skirts should fall to the knee). Short, tight skirts, miniskirts, beach or sun dresses and spaghetti-strap dresses are seen as inappropriate for the office.

Shirts, tops, jackets and blouses

Usually casual button-down oxford shirts, dress shirts, sweaters, golf shirts are seen as acceptable at work. Inappropriate tops: tank tops, midriff tops, halter tops or shirts with offensive graphics (logos, pictures, slogans) or sweatshirts. Basic white and chambray are good colors. For women, sweater sets are also fine.

Accessories (jewelry, makeup, perfume or cologne, scarves, belts)

Generally accessories should be conservative and in good taste. Wear perfume and cologne sparingly since some people are allergic.

3. Bring Business Cards

As a medical professional, business cards don’t always naturally rise to the top of your ‘must have’ list when preparing for a show like Vision Expo. In the world of job seeking, however, it’s critical that you provide some sort of way for potential employers to contact you after the event. Business cards are traditional, simple ways to stay in touch after large networking events, and there are plenty of ways to get some fast before the show.

Business Card Resources

4. Act the Part

Vision Expo is a great time to meet new friends, reconnect with old colleagues, and expand your knowledge in the field you love. Maintaining a posture of professionalism is critical for landing a job at Vision Expo, especially in situations where you think nobody’s watching. Take time to consider your choices during your time in Las Vegas and make sure those choices don’t come with negative career implications.

5. Register (and Go to) Job Link

If you haven’t already, register for the official career event of Vision Expo West: Job Link, presented by Local Eye Site. Job Link is like speed dating for jobs, only this time you know in advance who you’re going to be talking to (and have time to prepare for it). Sessions will be running every day, and cater directly to Optometry (including students) and Opticianry professionals looking for jobs nationwide. Register today and meet with employers looking for job seekers at Vision Expo West!

Job Link

Register for FREE here: www.localeyesite.com/joblink

Overall, landing a job at Vision Expo West isn't a given, and it certainly isn't an easy thing to accomplish. Use your time wisely, connect with the people who need your skills, and take the steps necessary to ensure your engagement with them is meaningful, productive, and inevitably one that will lead to a successful future in the eye care industry.

Sources:

Career Coach: How to avoid confusion over dressing "business casual", The Washington Post

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