How confident would you feel interviewing for a new job with an enormous coffee stain on your shirt? Or a rip in your pants? Or a broken shoe? Our clothing not only says a lot to the worldÂ on our behalf, it also has a profound impact on how we feel when weâ€™re in it.
Thatâ€™s why Dress for Success does such important work. The US-based not-for-profit offers styling, resume and interview advice for those trying to re-enter employment after a period of joblessness (and also for formal events like funerals and court appearances), as well asÂ provides the appropriate clothing for those occasions, thanks to the tireless work of volunteers and public donations.
“I’ve seen women come through the door who are really downtrodden. They may be single mothers whoâ€™ve never had an hour to themselves before â€“ afterwards, theyâ€™ll leave with this huge smile on their face.”
â€œIâ€™ve seen women come through the door who are really downtrodden,â€ explains Ursula McGeown, CEO of the Sydney arm of Dress for Success. â€œTheir confidence has taken a beating as theyâ€™re getting rejection after rejection at job interviews. They may be single mothers whoâ€™ve never had an hour to themselves before â€“ afterwards, theyâ€™ll leave with this huge smile on their face.â€
This Sunday, the Sydney-based arm is holding a Bubbles and Bargains event to raise additional funds to continue their work. Attendees will have the chance to shop designer clothing at reduced prices, with proceeds from ticket prices going directly to the charity. For more info on this life-changing event (for both thread-mad attendees and beneficiaries of the charity), head to the Dress for Success website.