Career Resource Center Loans Clothes for Job Interviews

A look inside the CRC Career Closet.                            PC: Jo Ann Kirby

By hosting events like the mock interviews, career fairs, and more, Pacific’s Career Resource Center equips students with the skills they need to make the most of countless job opportunities.

However, less well-known is that the Career Resource Center even provides students with the most basic of workforce essentials: the interview outfit. Students in need of suitable business- casual or formal clothes are able to come to the Career Resource Center during their normal working hours to borrow an outfit for as long as necessary and simply return it when they are finished.

From dresses to suits, students are able to choose an outfit from a wide range of styles and sizes. In the case that a student cannot find clothes in his/her size, the Career Resource Center even has a fund that can be used to buy new clothing sizes. Most of the provided clothing, however, consists of gently used or unworn items that have been donated by Pacific’s very own faculty and staff.

Career Advising and Success Specialist Shannon Edminster says that if students themselves have clothes that they want to donate, the clothes can be brought to the front desk of the Career Resource Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Donors will then receive a receipt of their donation that they can use for tax purposes if so desired.

Business Support Specialist Ana Argueta told The Pacifican that the CRC Career Closet is currently in need of men’s and women’s dress shirts, ties, and dress shoes. Those who can are encouraged to donate new or lightly used articles of clothing.

Raymundo Bravo (Business Administration ‘19) says that he found out about the available business clothes during a seminar for one of his classes. Although he has never used the service himself, when asked about his opinion on the program he said, “I think that it’s definitely a really useful opportunity for students because I know that a lot of students don’t have suits and can’t afford to buy them because they’re so expensive.”

In this way, the Career Resource Center helps students overcome a seemingly minor, yet extremely significant barrier that they may face when applying to jobs.

In order to take advantage of this opportunity, students may visit the Career Resource Center, located on the second floor of the McCaffrey Center. Once they reach the front desk, they will then be directed to a closet where they can browse through the items offered and choose the one that best suits their needs.

Thanks to the CRC, students can now dress for success no matter their budget!

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