Preparing for a job interview – it’s something we’ve all been through. You’ve polished up your resume, done your research, and practiced interview questions in preparation for that all important moment. The final step is carefully selecting the perfect outfit to ensure you make a great first impression. But what if you don’t have the resources to pull together an interview outfit? This is where ClothingWorks comes in!
Founded in 1998 as a grass-roots, volunteer led organization, ClothingWorks empowers individuals looking for work with the confidence that comes from feeling good about their appearance. Having been successfully managed by WIL Employment Connections for the past 15 years, the decision was made in 2014 for ClothingWorks to be hosted by Goodwill. ClothingWorks is a valued resource in the community, assisting more than 10,000 individuals since it was established, and continues to provide professional interview clothing for 750 job seekers annually with the support of donors, volunteers and community partners.
Now located at 255 Horton Street in London, ClothingWorks will supplement Goodwill’s mission by eliminating one more barrier to success. Disadvantaged clients often struggle with finding appropriate interview clothing. ClothingWorks empowers individuals seeking to enter the labour force with feeling and looking successful and confident in a complete professional outfit.
Susan Jacobs, Image Consultant and ClothingWorks Fashion Show Committee Chair, explains the importance of ClothingWorks, “Unfortunately, in our fast paced world, first impressions matter. People don’t have the time to get to know you and it’s human nature to pass judgement. That is why it’s important to be aware of your image. Feeling confident in your appearance will impact your image – your attitude, your behaviour, your overall energy. When you know you look good, you feel good and your confidence stands out. And this is exactly what ClothingWorks aims to help to do.”
ClothingWorks Coordinator Joshua Fairweather and a dedicated team of volunteers have revitalized ClothingWorks, creating a vibrant and sustainable service to job seekers. Supported by its volunteers, Goodwill, the City of London, WIL, and 36 other referral partners as well as a multitude of donors, ClothingWorks has provided well over 800 outfits to 340 people in 2015.
“ClothingWorks is a valuable community resource and we are honoured to have ClothingWorks join the Goodwill family. It is a wonderful community-collaborative program and we are excited to be working with our community partners on this initiative,” said Michelle Quintyn, president and CEO of Goodwill.
The future of ClothingWorks is bright with plans to support its expansion throughout much of Southwestern Ontario and to become a truly sustainable social enterprise that will continue to support many individuals for years to come.
For more information on the ClothingWorks program or to learn how the referral process works, visit their website here.