Local community helping job seekers dress to impress

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

EPIC job seekers will be stepping into job interviews with an increased sense of confidence and pride thanks to their new wardrobe of corporate clothes donated by businesses and community groups.

EPIC offices throughout Brisbane have been working with businesses and community groups as part of a clothing drive to help unwanted workwear find a new home.

Burpengary-based employment consultant Joellen was thrilled with the amount of clothing donated.

“Presenting and dressing professionally is an incredibly important part of the interview process. It can be incredibly expensive, and for many job seekers it is an out of pocket expense they can’t afford,” Joellen said.

“One of the largest single donations came from the team at Traditional Funerals in Burpengary, who donated uniforms including suits, skirts, slacks and jackets.

“We thought there may have been five or so suits but we left with a car full – the back seat and boot were full.”

“I can’t thank Traditional Funerals enough for their kind generosity, this is going to make a big difference,” she said

Joellen has witnessed firsthand the struggle for participants to find corporate attire and knows the real difference this donation will make.

“It was only a day ago that a participant had a job interview but only had thongs. I gave her my shoes to wear to the interview,” she said.

Meanwhile, EPIC’s South Brisbane teams have hosted a number of ‘Clothes Swap’ events to help dress EPIC job seekers for success.

As well as providing a new work wardrobe, the event provided an opportunity for job seekers to connect with each other and EPIC consultants.

If you would like to be involved or if you have some corporate attire you would like to donate, please don’t hesitate to contact your local EPIC team.

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