As the stress of my final semester of college continues to build and the job search pressure increases by the hour, I am reminded as a young female professional looking for an entry-level position, I still have many advantages in comparison to other women job searching across the globe.
I have professional attire when that call comes for an interview. I have the access to career development services through classes I’ve taken, internship experiences, and on-campus resources. Most importantly, I am developing a support system. The unfortunate reality for women around the world is they do not have access to any of these tools.
Dress for Success’ mission “is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.”
Joining the global movement toward change, Dress for Success aims to not only provide a new outfit but to empower women for safer and better futures.
Programs are available to women including suiting, a career center, job training, career advancement, leadership, and employment retention. Once an interview has been obtained, women can get a referral to visit a Dress for Success boutique to help find an outfit (and confidence) for the interview. Programs through career centers provide networking and other work subjects to promote confidence in the workplace.
Sponsors for the not-for-profit include: Aetna, Alcoa Foundation, AXA, Bank of America, Full Beauty Brands, Kimton Hotels & Restaurants, Mederma, The QBE Foundation, Robert Half, Southwest, Strength of Nature Global, LLC, Talbots and Walmart.
Community members, sponsors, volunteers and donors make it possible for Dress for Success to provide women in communities worldwide with the opportunity for professional and economic development.
If you are interested in volunteering, donating clothes, or finding out more about Dress for Success in your specific region visit www.dressforsuccess.org to find your local affiliate.