When Clark College students meet with employers at the college’s career fair, they will have been coached on developing a résumé, cover letter and interview skills. But many students won’t have professional clothing to wear for a job interview.
A two-day Career Clothing Closet prior to the Clark College Career Fair is one solution to that dilemma faced by cash-strapped students. Clark’s Career Services collects new and gently used professional work attire for men and women to outfit students who are seeking jobs. The clothing is provided to students at no charge, said Sharron Orr, program assistant in Career Services.
“Most students are used to dressing casual, but when you go into an interview, it’s important to create a positive first impression,” said Nick Ashitey-Kendrich, a Clark College student who volunteers as a men’s stylist for the clothing closet.
On April 21 and 22, a space in the Penguin Union Building will be transformed into a boutique complete with racks of clothing, shoes and accessories, dressing rooms and volunteer stylists to help each student put together an outfit.
The clothing is available only for Clark College students on a first-come, first-served basis. Each student is allowed one complete outfit, which may include shirt, suit, pants or skirt, tie, shoes and accessories like belts, scarves, jewelry and bags.