Students preparing for a big job interview will want to dress for success. That’s why a service offered by Southern Arkansas University, the Career Closet, is a good resource for those who might not have ready access to professional attire.

The SAU Career Closet, located in Blanchard Hall, Room 110, provides contemporary, interview-appropriate clothing for all students. Dr. Robin Sronce, dean of the David F. Rankin College of Business, emphasized that it is open to students in any of the university’s four academic colleges.

Men’s and women’s clothing can be checked out free of charge for interviews, internships, presentations or employment. Each student is invited to select two outfits a year from new and nearly-new professional attire. Students can then keep the apparel at no cost.

It’s a good way for them to look their best in a formal setting without taking on the additional expense of shopping for new clothes. More than 30 students took advantage of the Career Closet last year.

“First impressions are important,” Sronce said. “Students need to be able to dress for the job they want, and show that they have prepared well for the interview.”

In addition to professional attire, the Career Closet offers men’s and women’s accessories as well as dress shoes. Donations of gently used or new clothes are always welcome. Clothes should be in good condition, on hangers and ready to wear.

It is preferred that the clothing be less than five years old and/or contemporary in style.

Anyone who would like to make a donation may contact Traci Hughes, SAU business instructor, at tlhughes@saumag.edu .

Students at Southern Arkansas University browse among the attire available in the Career Closet.

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