Job hunting is never easy, even for the most well-off of us. So imagine, for a moment, if you can’t afford nice clothes to wear on a job interview: what kind of first impression would you make?
One Utah clothier is confronting that dilemma and making it easier for struggling men looking for jobs by providing free suits. Utah Woolen Mills in Salt Lake City gives away one suit for each one they sell as part of their ‘Suited For Good’ initiative.
Their suits are high-end and carefully fitted to the wearer. When the store gifts a suit to someone as part of the initiative, they get not just the suit, but the accessories, a custom fitting experience and even tips for successful interviewing. The experience not just gives away the suit, but tries to give confidence and knowledge — which hopefully the men can carry into their interviews.
The store finds their recipients through the local business community, civic organizations, churches and word-of-mouth “nominations.” People can also apply through the company’s website.
“We’re not trying to just find people who are homeless and put them in suits,” B.J. Stringham, president of the company, told TODAY. “That doesn’t really change things. But for someone who’s been down on their luck, maybe lost a job, had an illness or just couldn’t pay a mortgage or their college bills, this can really help.”
Learn more about the program in the video below, and see just how a suit can not just ‘make the man’ — but make a difference…