Countryside’s ‘Suits Drive’ prepares London jobseekers for seamless interview success
Both charities help vulnerable, unemployed men and women into employment by providing interview clothing and interview advice.
The collection took place at Countryside’s Head Office in Warley, Brentwood, where high-quality, interview-appropriate clothing, which included suits, shirts, skirts, dresses, and coats, was gathered. Accessories including smart shoes, cufflinks, handbags and jewellery were also donated.
Unemployed and low-income men and women largely do not have the means to purchase interview attire, and consequently suffer from reduced chances of success. With many clients struggling and in need of support, both financial and practical, these two charities perform a vital role in helping jobseekers to succeed at the interview stage, by providing those in need with appropriate clothing, helping to also boost their confidence.
Graham Cherry, Chief Executive Communities, Countryside, said: “We’re delighted to be able to support these two fantastic charities in their efforts to support unemployed people. Smart Works and Suited & Booted play a crucial role in providing the necessary tools, including interview preparation to help thousands of out-of-work Londoners in their search for employment. We hope, by donating our no longer needed work attire, we have helped someone gain their confidence, giving them the best chance of getting a job.
“We couldn’t be prouder to support these two charities and our thanks go to the very generous Countryside staff who have donated – we hope more will follow suit!”
Smart Works focuses on helping unemployed women and recently announced, HRH The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle as their Royal Patron while Suited & Booted expects to help at least 1,000 job-seeking men this year.