Career Closet seeks donations of professional attire

Got any professional attire you don’t need anymore? Maybe some you’ve, ahem, outgrown?

UWM’s Career Closet – where students can obtain professional clothing to wear for job interviews – is seeking donations, particularly of men’s garments.

Men’s professional attire such as suits, blazers, slacks, khakis, shirts and dress shoes is needed, said Jean Salzer, director of the Career Planning & Resource Center.

Donations can be dropped off during regular business hours at the career center, in room 128 of Mellencamp Hall. Clothing should be clean, in good shape and free of stains.

The Career Closet is free for students, who can keep up to two items each semester. It’s one way for students to build outfits for job interviews and career fairs, such as Spring Career Fair Week, where more than 230 employers will be on campus to recruit students Feb. 20 to 25.

About 40 students took advantage of the Career Closet at its debut in September, and dozens more stopped by this week, Salzer said.

The Career Closet has gotten donations via a partnership with Milwaukee’s Divine Consign, as well as a few dry cleaners and local clothes closets.

“Many in the campus community have also donated, and we’re hoping for an additional push this spring to support graduating students as they prepare for interviews,” Salzer said.

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