Friday, March 30, 2012

Day 90: Donated A Suit

When I first graduated from IU and started interviewing for jobs in California, I looked like a shlub. No tie. Doc Marten's. Cargo pants. I still have no idea how I was hired at my first job. I guess my personality outweighed the fact that I looked like a frat guy who rolled out of bed late for his 8AM class (truth be told: I would have just slept through said 8AM class). It would be a solid 6-8 months before I owned my first suit because at that time it was really hard to afford one.

After taking my first job as a recruiter, I started to realize that, for better or worse, appearance/clothes did have somewhat of an impact on whether or not someone would be hired. In an ideal world, people would be judged on their skill sets and qualifications, but that sadly isn't the case. Although the economy is markedly improving, there are still many people out there who remain unemployed, and many do not have the means to purchase clothing necessary for interviews. So today, for my random act of kindness, I will be donating one of my suits through a tremendous organization called Career Gear. The suit is still in great shape, and my hope is that it will help someone in their efforts to land a job. For any women out there who would like to donate suits or other interview clothes, there is a great group called Dress For Success that distributes clothes specifically to women. If someone gets a job because of clothing provided by the 366 Random Acts community then it will be Legen......wait for it.............DARY!


  1. They say the suit makes the man. I think that's true. BTW I would have and did sleep through said 8am class to funny! Rock on, you're doing great!


  2. That's great! Lol, I think we all got our first jobs in similar style--those recruiters must be generous. I've worked with a charity before called Bottomless Closet and they try to place professional attire with homeless / recovering women entering the workplace. Suits are there number one most coveted item, you did a very nice thing.

    Lady J

  3. I just have to say "thank you" for creating this blog. I am trying to make a conscious effort to surround myself with positive people who are doing positive things. That's what you are. Every day, I check out your new post, and I think it makes my whole day go just a little better. I am going to try to follow your lead and find some random act of kindness to do at least once a week. I may steal some of your ideas! THANK YOU! =)

  4. Yet another brilliant idea! Right now with this lousy economy and high unemployment rate, finding a job is extra hard for most people. And this alone makes the right appearance and first impressions you make very important to the employer.

  5. You have done a good thing..........
    Nice... Happy Blogging.....

  6. That is a great thing you've done for someone in need! I hope many people do get a job with the information you've provided.