Posted: by Pallavi Monday, 18 February 2019 @ 16:40
Our charity collaboration with UK charity, Smart Works, has now come to an end, but we continue to love what they do to promote and support female self-belief in the workplace.
Smart Works provides high quality interview clothes, styling advice and interview training to women in need.
To bring this to life, we wanted to share a recent, wonderful
client story. Mary had been unemployed for almost a year when she came to Smart
Works. Following her visit, Mary was successful in her interview and began her
new role. We hope Mary’s Case Study brings to life the impact that
great clothes and good advice can have on a woman’s confidence in her ability
Client case study: Mary
Mary was one of
the last clients to visit us in July 2017 and one of our first to come back for
her Second Dressing in August. She had been unemployed for almost a year and
although had succeeded in getting through to the interview stage for a couple
of applications, she had not been successful in getting the job. Prior to
visiting Smart Works, she found the whole process of finding a job daunting and
had numerous questions about the application process.
“Before I came to Smart Works, I had no idea
that this service was available. I found the whole process of looking for work
very stressful with so many things to worry about: Where do I start at my age,
what type of jobs, what do I say in the interviews and what do I wear on the
day of the interview to give off a good impression to employers?”
referred to us by her adviser Mark from MI ComputSolutions.
“I was referred by Mark and I came down
to Smart Works and I must say it wasn’t what I was expecting. The office is
bright and the staff are very welcoming. Then after the fitting I had a lovely
chat with an advisor who conducted a mock interview with me, gave me great
feedback and helped me construct my plans for my big day.”
team prepared Mary for her interview the next morning and by that afternoon she
had already heard that she had been offered the job.
“I would say pay Smart Works a visit.
The office was very pleasant, the staff were polite and helpful and I was at
ease from the very beginning. They are very professional at what they do and I
was treated with respect. Overall it was a five star experience and if you
visit, you will leave feeling a million dollars. I did, and I got my job the
Feel inspired? To support this wonderful charity, we have created a disc pendant with the empowering mantra, 'Believe in yourself. We do’.
Carrying the powerful word, 'Believe', to represent the full mantra, and with our lotus symbol below it, the disc necklace is £45 in Sterling Silver and £65 in Yellow and Rose Gold plating.
In 2018 and 2017, we donated 25% of the sale of each 'Believe' necklace directly to Smart Works.