Dress for Success

by Heather Herman, Presidential Communications

“I believe that we not only transform the students’ external appearance with new clothing, but an amazing transformation occurs internally as well—they stand taller, hold their head up higher, and look more confident! I am so grateful to be a part of this transformation in our students during every career clothing event!”  

— Susan Amato-Henderson, Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences and founder of the Michigan Tech Career Closet

With Career Fair quickly approaching, now’s the time for students to not only polish up their resume but also their wardrobe. Unbeknownst to most students, Michigan Tech opens the Career Closet boutique prior to both the fall and spring Career Fairs. This service allows students to shop (free of charge) for gently used professional attire. Faculty and staff volunteers also provide free coaching sessions on how to dress appropriately for all types of interviews and offer interviewing tips and advice on proper etiquette in social settings. 

The Career Closet is open the Saturday before each Career Fair in the Meese building. In addition, students may also contact Susan Amato-Henderson at any other time to browse the inventory (contact information below). 

Approximately 200 students utilize the service each semester, but recently there has been an uptick in interest due to the lack of retail stores in the area, according to Amato-Henderson.  Because of an expanding interest by our students, the Career Closet committee encourages families to support the program by donating gently used professional clothing or by volunteering to collect clothing from their place of work. They are in particular need of accessories like shoes, ties, belts, jewelry, tights, dress socks, etc. In addition, they work with students to make small sewing repairs and alternations to the clothing, so donations of sewing supplies (needles, thread, pins, etc.) are needed. People interested in donating should contact Susan Amato-Henderson at slamato@mtu.edu or via phone at 906-281-0231.

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