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Suits for success

April 09 2012
Suit company teams up with homeless charities to raise the odds of interview success


With the level of unemployment in 2012 predicted to remain around 8.5 per cent - still its highest level since 1995 - getting a job has never been harder. If you do manage to land that all-important interview, preparation is key.

As is presentation, which is why suit-makers A Suit That Fits have teamed up with homeless charities Amber, Broadway and Emmaus, to urge people to donate their unwanted suits to be passed on to those who need them. Each of the charities works with homeless people to provide work and learning outreach programmes to support them in their job search. However, many candidates found that, once they had reached the interview stage, they didn’t have anything suitable to wear, which could lessen their confidence and damage their impression on the employer.

The Suit for Success campaign will be taking donations in exchange for a £50 gift voucher which can be spent on tailoring at A Suit That Fits. Warren Bennett, co-founder of the company said: “Wearing a suit has a massive effect on confidence - especially when looking for work. If we can help individuals to feel more confident when going to interviews, and therefore increase their chances of getting a job, then the campaign will have been a resounding success.”

This is in addition to similar schemes such as Dress for Success, which focuses on enabling women to return to work, and the Department of Work and Pension’s Flexible Support Fund.