A few months ago I wrote about why teachers should dress professionally and gave a few tips on how to do it. Dressing professionally not only makes you look good, but also reflects your attitude and seriousness of purpose in any situation.
A common topic for discussion with young professionals – and those who are aspiring professionals – is dressing for the job. Most of them simply don’t have or can’t afford the wardrobe they need. With a little guidance, they can get an array of appropriate clothing more cheaply than they realize.
Others can’t do this as easily. I’d like to highlight two resources that provide job seekers with professional support and attire.
The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
Founded in New York City in 1997, Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization offering services designed to help our clients find a job and remain employed. Each Dress for Success client receives one suit when she has a job interview and can return for a second suit or separates when she finds work.
Dress for Success is registered with Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator; they’ve been given 4 stars, CN’s highest rating, for the last three years. Check out all the ways you can support Dress for Success – you can give time, money, hold a suit drive, etc.
Career Gear, a grassroots 501 ( c ) (3) non-profit organization, was founded in New York City in 1998 to promote the gainful employment and self-sufficiency of disadvantaged men who are actively seeking employment.
We started out with the simple goal of providing appropriate business clothing for job seekers and have grown to provide services and resources that help our clients in retaining employment and advancing in the workplace. Services include: 1) provision of interview clothing; 2) job retention and advancement skills; and 3) linkages to other resources and community based agencies.
Career Gear is an excellent “bridge” between training and employment – its reputation attests to that. You can donate funds or clothing to support their mission.
Be generous and clear out your closet. Everyone wins.