by Adam Tucker, Staff Writer
Students Receive Suits, Career Assistance
Male students can get a leg up on interviews one pant leg at a time by signing up for Suits for Success, a program on campus that provides gently used slacks, suit jackets and resume help to willing applicants.
Director of Student Activities Anthony Kwiatkowski, created the program to help male students dress appropriately for life-altering interviews. Truman also partners with Dress for Success, an international non-profit program that provides business attire for women, according to Kwiatkowski.
Barrington Green, a Clerical Assistant who now heads the program, says that a great suit has always been important to him. “My father was well groomed and shared that with me. I was always well-dressed for every occasion.” Green says that he is happy to share his style advice to the roughly nine participants who join every semester.
Dressing properly can make or break an interview according, to top employment website Monster.com. “Unless you’re told otherwise, always wear a suit to a first interview,” Monster says. With a competitive job market, looking professional while meeting with potential employers is an absolute necessity.
Various student groups on campus, like the Veteran’s Club, donated around 50 to 60 suits to the program. Green hopes to expand the program by working with stores like Macy’s and Marshall’s to donate suits.
Before the applicants are able to receive their jacket and slacks, they first meet with Career Center Director Wendy Matthis. Students must have an upcoming admissions interview, internship, or job interview to be accepted into the program. They then receive free help creating a resume, cover letter and even participate in mock interviews with Matthis. Post-interview follow-ups are also offered and encouraged.
Student Lawrence Powell, who is graduating this semester, says that help from the Career Center and his suit have already made a difference with his job interviews. “I feel on top of the world.” Powell said. “I am a lot more comfortable in this [suit].” Powell says he heard about the program through the campus’ Men of Color Club, and has already told his friends and classmates about the opportunities with Suits for Success.
With help from donations, Student Activities and the Career Center, graduates of the program are confident that they will be well suited for any interview.