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!