In today’s competitive workforce, job interviews carry a lot of weight in hiring decisions.

Realizing the importance of first impressions, PCCUA-Helena is helping clothe students, who are preparing for job interviews but are lacking some wardrobe essentials.

Career Closet coordinator Shawndus Gregory, said, “Not only do we recognize the importance of skills and training in trying to land good jobs, but equally important is how our students present themselves to employers. There is also growing evidence which suggests that something biological happens when we put on a nice outfit and feel like a new person.”

Made possible in part by a grant from the Phillips County Community Foundation, an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation, the Career Closet features new and gently used business clothes and accessories for men and women. These items are provided free of charge to PCCUA students and do not have to be returned.

“We have a lot of really nice items and encourage our students to take advantage of this service,” said Gregory. “Our students may need a nice tie, a pair of slacks or maybe a nice blouse or dress that will certainly go a long way in making a confident first impression.”

If you would like to donate gently used professional clothing items for tax-deductible donations, contact Rhonda St. Columbia at (870) 338-6474, ext. 1130.