Run through Goodwill Industries, Clothing Works lends a helping hand to first-time job-seekers, those who aren’t sure how to dress for an interview, or those just can’t afford to buy new business attire by offering gently used professional clothing and accessories.
The organization deals largely with employment agencies and individuals who use their services. Once an employment counselor has referred a job seeker to the program, he or she can schedule an appointment to come in for a consultation.
Carol-Ann McIntyre, Clothing works coordinator says that throughout the duration of the appointment, individuals have a chance to try on as many pieces as they want in an effort to figure out what looks and feels good.
“That takes away a lot of anxiety and the pressure that you have going into an interview,” says McIntyre. “When you feel good in something, it makes you walk a little taller, and you have just a little bit more confidence.” McIntyre believes that in addition to knowing what to wear for an interview, additional tips and advice can make a good candidate a great one.
“We go into the finer details with points on how to dress, how to shake hands, and how to enter a room.”
To date, over 700 job seekers have visited Clothing Works and found pieces to give them the confidence they need to be successful at job interviews.
In order for Clothing Works to be able to offer these possibilities to clients, the organization relies heavily on the generosity of the London business community. Tyner-Shorten Clothiers, Lifestyles of London and Peter’s Cleaners on Adelaide Street all contribute to the cause with clothing drives throughout the year.
Bob Small knows a thing or two about dressing for success in today’s competitive business environment. Tyner-Shorten Clothiers has been dressing professional businessmen for over 50-years. “Feeling great about yourself is a quality that begins with wardrobe,” claims Small. Not everybody can shell out $500 for an interview outfit, so we collect gently-used items all year to donate to Clothing Works.
For more information visit: www.clothingworks.ca
Edited from an original Londoner article by Jessica Pett