Suiting Up: Where You Can Literally Dress For Success

What will a hiring manager think when she takes her first look at you? In her book You've Only Got Three Seconds, Camille Lavington argues that you when you first meet someone you only have 3 seconds before "that person has already made irreversible judgments." Lavington writes that having self-confidence, a positive attitude, and a neat appearance are all critical to a positive impression. No where is that more true nowadays than at a job interview.

Competition for work is tough. According to the Economic Policy Institute, there were still 4 job seekers for every one job that was available in the summer of 2011. Once you have an interview it makes sense to give yourself every advantage possible in order to make sure you are the one getting the job offer.

Looking the part.
One key component of getting a job offer is making sure you look the part. Every job has particular dress requirements. stated, "The key for a great job interview outfit is to look like you already work at the company." Not sure what appropriate interview dress for a particular company is? Samantha Erikson, a Pittsburgh graphic designer, stated that days before her interview she went as far as driving past the employee entrance several times to see how employees were dressing. Regardless of what job you are applying for you want to
look professional at your interview.

Recession, first time interviews, and your closet.
Over the last several years many people have found themselves looking for work for the first time in a long time. The recession left up to 14 million people unemployed at one time. At the same time many people were entering the workforce for the first time for a variety of other reasons. Perhaps they graduated school, had children that no longer needed care, or were trying to earn extra income because a spouse lost their job.

Whatever the reason was for looking for work many people found that they didn't have appropriate clothing for a job interview let along meeting the
dress standards of a new employer. At the same time they wrestled with this dilemma they found themselves in a situation where money for new clothing was non-existent.

Dress For Success
For the last five years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
Dress For Success has provided appropriate work clothing for economically disadvantaged women. If you have an interview already set up, but are concerned you lack appropriate clothing for that job, contact Dress For Success. They live up to their logo of "Suits to Self-Sufficiency". Clients can receive a suit, shoes, and appropriate accessories for their job interview. If the Dress For Success client gets the job and needs a particular style of clothing (for example, scrubs in a health care setting) she will receive up to 3 additional outfits for work.

Realize that your personal appearance sends a message about you and how seriously you take the job you are applying for. If you can not
afford clothing for a new job, don't let that be a barrier that holds you back. Visit

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