The Issue: First Impressions at Job Interviews
When a candidate walks into a job interview, the first impression certainly counts. “Our brains decide whether a person is attractive and trustworthy within a tenth of a second,” according to research by Princeton University psychologists. To help ensure that an employer gets the best possible first impression, job seekers must dress appropriately, which often requires a business suit or similar professional attire that can be difficult to afford when unemployed.
The Campaign: Distributing Suits to Veterans
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Save-A-Suit to distribute business suits to unemployed New York–area veterans in need of financial assistance. For every $360 raised, Save-A-Suit can purchase and distribute 30 suits to male and female veterans. Along with the suit, or a similar professional outfit, Save-A-Suit provides guidance in veterans' job searches. Career-specific job listings and resume advice help to hone their search and boost their confidence.
During a job interview with a recent college graduate in 2010, business professional Scott Sokolowski decided to ask an easy question: “Why aren’t you wearing a suit today?” When the candidate replied honestly, saying simply, “I can’t afford one,” Sokolowski was inspired to help. He established Save-A-Suit, a nonprofit organization dedicated to one simple goal: helping young talent acquire appropriate, professional business attire for job interviews. Though these efforts are typically geared toward recent male and female college graduates who are often in their early 20s, Save-A-Suit also works with veterans of all ages to help them arrive at interviews dressed professionally.
“Money well spent.”