Just about any advice you will ever receive on the subject of how to prepare for an interview will include tips on the importance of dressing professionally. But how are you supposed to show up dressed in professional clothing when the whole reason for the interview is that you don’t have a job at all or the job you do have doesn’t pay enough?
This is the very definition of a Catch-22 situation and most of the resources for advice on how to prepare for an interview don’t address how to resolve this situation. That resolution takes the name of DressforSuccess.org for women and CareerGear.org for men. Donations of cash as well as clothing are what sustain these vital resources for job seekers currently at an economic disadvantage who face the Catch-22 of needing to show up for a job interview looking professional, but not having the money to buy such attire because they don’t currently have a job.
DressforSuccess.org and CareerGear.org both provide professional attire suitable for job interviews on a referral basis only. You must first get the interview before the referral process can commence. In the case of DressforSuccess.org, that process begins with industry-appropriate female clothing to wear to the interview. If the interview is a success and you land the job, you then become eligible to receive a mix-and-match wardrobe to get you through your first week as a new employee.
Professional attire that allows you to show up for a job interview dressed for success is just one aspect of the Job Readiness program at CareerGear.org. Qualified referrals also get help putting their resume together and tips on adapting to work environments and cultures. Qualification for a referral to the assistance provided by CareerGear.org includes economic factors and completion of a job training program in addition to having an actual job interview.
DressforSuccess.org is currently more widely available than CareerGear.org, but both sites also provide help in finding similar organizations that may be able to provide you with professional attire for your job interview located in your city. Those who are interested in this vital service for serious job seekers can also inquire about how to start up their own affiliate if they live somewhere that is not currently being serviced.
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