I have always been fiercely independent. I have always known that I wanted to stand on my own two feet and be able to fend for myself. I believe all women should have something they take pride in, and part of that for me is knowing I will always be able to financially care for my family.
There was one time, a few years ago, when my freelance writing business took a nose dive. I lost my largest client overnight, which left my family in a very difficult spot. Should I work to find new clients? Should we move back to San Diego so I could go back to corporate marketing? There were so many things to consider and it was really hard to decide what to do.
Ultimately, I decided to stick to freelance writing and my blog started to grow around the same time. However, there was a very real chance I was going to need to go back to a corporate job. The problem was, I didn't have any suits or really any business clothes at that point. I had been working in yoga pants for a few years already and parted ways with business attire.
Since money was so tight, I had a hard time figuring out how I'd make acquiring business clothes work. After all, most interview processes I'd been through went for about 4 rounds, and I didn't want to wear the same suit to every round if I found the right fit.
Then I remembered reading about Dress for Success® and how they help disadvantaged women by providing them with professional attire for job interviews. At that point in time, I definitely would have reached out to them if I had decided to go that route. They are a tremendous resource for women.
In addition to providing professional attire for job interviews, Dress for Success also offers a support network as well as career development tools to help women further their lives and careers. These programs not only help women retain their employment, but also help them progress in their careers until they reach their personal and professional goals. Each woman is paired with a Dress for Success staff member who works with them one on one to achieve these goals.
So many women were never taught these things, so I love that there is an organization out there supporting women in this way. More and more women are in positions where they need to work to support their families. Learning to be self sufficient so they can care for their families is so important for them, and for their children. Of the women that Dress for Success serves, 70% are mothers raising 2-3 children, on average. It's such a wonderful organization.
That's why I'm so pleased that Vanity Fair has partnered with Dress for Success to provide up to 50,000 bras to the women it serves. What a nice way to make these women feel even more confident during their job interviews! You can learn more about the Vanity Fair and Dress for Success partnership here.
If you're in a position where you need some help getting the right attire for job interviews as well as career coaching, be sure to check out the Dress for Success website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.