UNO Career Center seeks professional clothing donations

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By Nicholas Sauma, Reporter

The UNO Career Center has offered résumé review, mock interviews, career exploration and more since it started, but they are working on adding a new service for students. Just this month, they launched the Career Closet.
The Career Closet will provide clean and modern professional clothing for student use at career fairs, interviews and internships, for free.
Donations will be collected throughout February to fill the closet. Faculty and staff, local employers and national honor society Delta Epsilon Iota are helping to organize and reach people for donations.  
“We’re really looking for donations from everyone,” said Katie Wessel, career advisor. “It’s going to be a free benefit for students, so if anyone can help, it is appreciated by not only us, but fellow students, too.”  
Wessel said students often work hard on résumés and interview preparation, but sometimes forget or neglect their apparel. The Career Closet will give students a full range of resources to succeed.
“We started this program because it’s something that is done at a lot of other universities and even in town at Central High School,” Wessel said.  
The UNO Bookstore will be loaning mannequins, with career attire from Younkers, when the Career Center kicks off its preparation week for career fair season.  
The preparation week will focus on five areas, one each day. The first day is making a “brand” for yourself, followed by the Career Closet day focusing on how to dress. Other areas include interview tips and “secrets” from a panel of recruiters and career advisors, how to move about a career fair, and résumé reviews and polishing.
“We don’t do placement here,” Wessel said. “But we encourage students to get multiple opinions, and look at their options, and then we can help with a polished presentation and tips for selling yourself to employers.”  
The Career Center allows walk-ins Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. Wessel encourages setting up an appointment for more in-depth questions and advice on anything career related.  
“Sometimes you have a list of things you’ve done, and we can help you pick out the ones appropriate to the career or internship you want,” Wessel said. “Then, you can set up a mock interview, and hopefully feel more ready for the real one.”
These services are all free to students at UNO.  However, since the Career Closet program is just beginning it’s accepting donations until the Feb. 22.  Anyone with clean clothing in good condition is encouraged to donate it so students have another resource to get ahead in their careers.  
“A lot of people may donate their clothing to Goodwill, which is fantastic, but we’ll be handing it out for free,” Wessel said.

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