More than 400 students will don ties and dress shoes early next month in the hopes of impressing potential employers.

More than 400 students will don ties and dress shoes early next month in the hopes of impressing potential employers.

Dublin City Schools and the Dublin Chamber of Commerce will partner to present the annual Dublin Works summer job fair from 9 a.m. to noon March 5 at the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road.

"This is a partnership with the district and the chamber and we are hoping to have about 30 employers," said Doug Baker, coordinator of public information for the school district.

The district aims for 30 employers each year, but it has been difficult in recent years.

"It's been challenging because of the economy. Not everybody is hiring," Baker said. "But we have a nice lineup of employers this year."

The job fair is free and open to all students of working age in the Dublin City School District. While most employers require employees to be at least 16, some take 14-year-old workers.

This year's lineup includes One Stop Bead Shop, Luxury Landscapes, Bruegger's Bagels, Fort Rapids, Giant Eagle, Zoombezi Bay, Pino Gelato, Skyline, Cinemark Movies, Menchies and the Columbus Zoo.

While some students can leave the job fair with a summer job, Baker said the event also offers students some interview experience. Some employers offer interviews at the job fair.

"It's a great experience for them to get to practice interview skills in a real world setting," he said. "Some students even leave with a job for the summer."

Students are encouraged to dress appropriately for the job fair.

"We do encourage students to dress professionally. Employers are looking for summer employees, and for the most part employers take that seriously. You'll be representing their company," Baker said. "In order to make a good impression on employers, dress professionally. If you have a resume, by all means bring it. Be prepared to have a conversation with employers, not just fill out applications."

Baker said he expects 400 to 600 students to participate in the March 5 event. "There is a steady stream of folks. On any Saturday in Dublin City Schools, there's a lot of activity," he said. "Not everyone can be there the entire time, but if you can't come until 11 a.m., come at 11."

For more information, or a complete list of employers committed to the job fair, look online at dublinschools.net.