According to the Fitted for Work website, there are 350,000 Australian women currently registered as looking for work. This means there’s some serious competition, so you ladies need to give yourself as much of an advantage as possible. The answer: dress up!
Being well dressed for an interview boosts your confidence. It also has an effect on the people who are interviewing you. If you’re dressed nicely it shows that you’re a serious contender. Sure, you can’t judge a book by its cover, but in a job interview the employer only has a few minutes to get an idea of what a candidate is like. Impressions count.
Fitted For Work is a not-for-profit organisation that helps women who have a social disadvantage to get work and keep it. They do this by providing a personal outfitting, mentoring and interview service at their boutique in Parramatta. According to an article in the SMH Sydney Magazine, one of the biggest sources of good quality pre-worn clothing are the major Banks (yes, Commonwealth, Westpac and the other banks carry out clothing drives, as do legal firms).
Women are usually referred from job service providers or women’s refuges. So far, Fitted For Work has helped 12,000 women in the job hunting process by providing them with free clothing and interview prep.
For more information, or to find out how you can volunteer, donate clothing or donate funds, check out the Fitted For Work website. For something a bit more vintage, Dear Gladys is another good choice.