Suit YourSelf Interview Preparation & DressPittsfield and North Adams MA
"At that first interview I felt like a million bucks. Because someone cared about me in a way no one else did at that time."
"Suit YourSelf helped me carry myself with pride and dignity."
"You have opened a door for me."
Many people entering or re-entering the work force these days either don't know how to dress for a job interview, or can't afford the types of clothes that they need to make a good impression.
As part of Goodwill's Workforce Development programs, the Suit YourSelf program trys to fill that void.
Instilling self-confidence and a can-do attitude, this unique job interview preparation program provides professional business clothing to residents of Berkshire County and surrounding area who are entering or re-entering the workforce. The program is available to agencies and individuals who need work-appropriate clothing for job interviews, job fairs, and when starting a new job.
History of SuitYourSelf
Suit YourSelf is a local initiative started in 2005 by a cooperative effort of local community organizations including Zonta of Berkshire County, the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Berkshire Business and Professional Women, Berkshire Community Action Council, the Christian Center, Mature Workers Inc. and the Corporation for Public Management.
In 2011, Goodwill of the Berkshires Inc offered new 'boutique' space at the Goodwill regional center on Tyler St in Pittsfield, to fund the program and collect business clothing at Goodwill donations centers throughout Berkshire County.
Sales at Goodwill stores provided the funding and the program expanded to serve participants enrolled in the Goodwill job training programs and low-income students studying business at Mildred Elley. In 2013 and 2014, continued expansion was possible thanks to support from the Berkshire Bank Foundation, the Hardman Fund, and Berkshire Business and Professional Women, helping the service expand to North Adams.
Goodwill receives donations of new or gently used business wear and accessories from the public. Local companies and organizations such as Zonta sponsor donation drives to support the program.
Suit YourSelf remains free-of-charge to men and women, by appointment, at the Tyler Street Job Training Maker Space in Pittsfield and at the North Adams store.
In 2015, the program has again received support from the James and Robert Hardman Fund, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and from Berkshire Business and Professional Women.
Donate to Suit YourSelf
Suit YourSelf accepts new, nearly new and clean business clothing for men and women (on hangers, please) including casual and dress. We also accept new and nearly new dress shoes, belts, purses, ties, scarves and other accessories. Please mark the donation for “Suit YourSelf”.
To make an appointment for Suit YourSelf, please call 413-442-0061 or contact us online.