Since 2005, Fitted for Work has transformed the lives of 12,000 women with a mission to assist those experiencing disadvantage to build confidence and gain employment.
Providing a free personal outfitting and interview service at boutiques located in Melbourne and Parramatta, women are mentored to guide the transition into work programs and eventual employment.
Aspect Personnel, a recruitment company closely aligned with Citywide, pledged to source 1000 quality items before Christmas, with Citywide staff coming on board and donating a total of 112 items.
“Being in recruitment, we know that personal presentation, confidence and communication can be as important as the information on your resume, and a professional appearance can help to make the difference between a successful, or unsuccessful, interview” says Sara Fife, Recruitment Consultant,
“But for the most who work in the corporate world every day, you perhaps don’t realise how much a smart business dress or tailored jacket can change how a person feels about themselves and ultimately how they present themselves at interview.” she says.
Having been approached by Aspect, Kylie Doyle, Citywide People & Culture Business Partner, initiated a collection of corporate wear throughout the organisation in the lead-up to Christmas,
“It's truly a unique and wonderful concept only requiring a quick rummage through the closet to find clothes that can really help somebody gain confidence and find employment." she says.
"I feel this type of giving is a sustainable option, as the outcomes equal employment opportunities for those that are struggling to get ahead, providing an important change in a person's future."
The most recent Melbourne survey revealed that 75% of the women the organisation has dressed and mentored were employed within three months of their visit to Fitted for Work. The organisation continues to expand, thanks to the generous support of donors, funding providers and pro-bono supporters.
For more information on the charity, visit www.fittedforwork.org.