December 1, 2017

Dress For SuccessIn October and again in November, NJCDC's Neighborhood Help Center (NHC) partnered with 'Dress for Success' to help women in Paterson by offering job-readiness workshops in English and Spanish and by providing them with professional clothing for interviews. Dress for Success in an organization that strives to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Dress For SuccessObtaining business-appropriate attire is crucial for job interviews, but these clothes and accessories can be expensive and out of the reach of many women. By offering 127 Paterson women free suits, NJCDC and Dress for Success helped them take that crucial first step towards a better future. The women who attended these workshops were also given vouchers for two additional free suits and accessories at Dress for Success' Morristown location.

At both events, presentations included Q&A sessions on how to prepare for job interviews. Attendees were also given packets with information about Dress for Success and the free programs and events they hold in northern New Jersey.

Dress For SuccessThe events were a huge success with those who attended. Yvone Ortiz said, "Thanks to this event, I was able to go to my job interview the next day feeling more secure about myself. I thank you very much and I hope you can bring more the workshops like this one to Paterson." Yrma Rodriguez said, "They gave me good tips. One that I did not know was to send a 'thank you' letter to those who interviewed me."

After attending these events, a few women have already received job offers, and they credit NJCDC and Dress for Success for providing them with appropriate clothing and helpful interviewing tips. NHC's Outreach Coordinator Cristina Tone said, "We would like to continue our partnership with Dress for Success, as their message positively impacted the women in our community to achieve economic independence and they were able to provide valuable employment information."

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