By guest, 09-Feb-2012 20:17:00
How an unwanted suit can transform lives
These days, looking good is half the battle when going for a job interview and most of us will spend hours, if not days, before meeting a potential employer trying to decide on the perfect outfit.
We want to look professional and stylish and it’s not unusual for job-seekers to buy a special suit just for the interview.
But if you’re homeless or disadvantaged in some way and simply can’t afford a new outfit, how can you make sure you look the part?
Last year’s Suit Amnesty campaign tackled this issue and has made sure thousands of people have the right attire to back up their talents when entering the world of work.
We called on people across the country to donate their unwanted workwear and received more than 2,000 suits in response.
This incredible generosity even extended to designer items, and celebrities including Gary and Danielle Lineker got involved too.
It has directly helped dozens of people get on to the career ladder, and with 22 charities benefiting from the clothing nationwide there is more good news to come.
The Suit Amnesty is returning this year, launching on May 1st, to build on the success of the 2011 campaign and continue to work with those who are doing all they can to find a job but struggle with their wardrobe.
With research revealing that not owning a suit is one of the biggest barriers to hearing the magic words: “You’re hired”, the campaign is a re-gifting project that makes a real difference to lives, and the economy.
So, why not delve in to the back of your wardrobe and dig out those unwanted suits. They could be the difference between heading to the office or job club for someone in your community.
Suit Amnesty 2012 launches on 1st May.
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