The Issue: First Impressions at Job Interviews
When a candidate walks into a job interview, the first impression certainly counts. Research by Princeton University psychologists indicates that “our brains decide whether a person is attractive and trustworthy within a tenth of a second." 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
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Save-A-Suit to distribute business suits to unemployed veterans in need of financial assistance. For every $50 raised, Save-A-Suit can distribute one business suit to a male or female veteran. The organization hopes to raise $50,000, which will enable it to send a suit to all the veterans currently on the national waitlist. Along with suits, or similar professional outfits, Save-A-Suit provides some guidance in job searches. Career-specific job listings and resume advice help hone clients' searches 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.