In your university years you may be used to shorts, a T-shirt and sporting a pair of flip-flops – but what happens when you’re close to graduating and want to land a job that you’re interviewing for?
A professional-looking business suit is a must for selling yourself, as the pitch to get the job starts with the first impression.
Recognizing that dressing for success is crucial, UTSA (The University of Texas at San Antonio) has come up with a new initiative called the Career Closet where panicked students can borrow a business suit for 2 weeks for FREE! All they need to pay for is the cost of dry cleaning before returning the suit.
Here’s the full story on KSAT news:
“They say anywhere from 55 to 70 percent of non-verbal communication is looking the part, so we thought we could help out students by really letting them look good,” said Barbara Jackson, UTSA Career Center counselor.
Using a $2,000 grant from the UTSA Family Association, folks with the Career Center went shopping, buying several men’s and ladies’ business suits in a range of sizes, a few shirts and neckties.
Students check out the suit for two weeks for free. Their only cost is to have it dry cleaned before returning it.
“We’ve already had several students come in and shared with us that their suit helped them get the job or interview,” Jackson said.
The university is accepting gently used donations to add to the new Career Closet.
Dressing for Success is as important to land the job as the interview itself. And the excerpt above proves one thing I’ve always known to be true as a Toronto image consultant – you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on your wardrobe to look good.
When it comes to dressing for success creativity and making smart choices goes a long way. UTSA’s initiative is a perfect example of just that.
If you’re a top college or university, running a short course to teach students how to dress for success can be a great idea!
In our 60-90 minute Business Dress course, students will learn why image is a powerful tool that relies on appearance, specifically dress and grooming. Projecting executive presence and the right impression improves both stature and reputation, with increased confidence as a byproduct. Participants in Business Dress learn to manage and improve their image through training to develop a heightened sense of self-awareness.
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