Career Closet, Hofstra’s new store on campus, lets students buy free clothes for job interviews

Catherine Gallo, 20, couldn’t believe it when a Hofstra University student told her she had gotten a stylish blazer for free from a new store on campus in Hempstead.

“My friend told me about it and I was like, ‘What?’ “Says Gallo, a marketing student from Smithtown who will be graduating next fall. “When I went there, it was like a mix between a thrift store and a boutique.

Gallo and her friend got their clothes from Hofstra’s Career Closet shop, which provides new and gently used professional clothing free of charge to its students, who can “buy” clothing and accessories for interviews by appointment. job fairs and networking forums.

Gallo adds, “They had all the options and sizes…blazers, pants, shirts…I have a black cardigan and a green top that I plan to wear for an internship or interviews.”

Operated by the Center for Career Design and Development, the Career Closet is located within the Campus Living and Wellness Center. It opened on September 19 and the site is its first permanent location. It used to operate as an on-campus pop-up event that started in 2018, and so far it has provided over 1,500 students with items for their own closets.

Career closets address the need for students on limited budgets to have professional attire, and they are springing up at colleges nationwide, including DePaul University Chicago, University of Pittsburgh, University of South Carolina , the University of Washington and Boston College.

Hofstra’s was the first on Long Island and one of the first in New York. St. John’s University in Queens also has one.

Apparel such as suits, skirts, pants, ties, shoes, handbags and more are solicited from Hofstra employees and Center for Career Design and Development business partners, including design firms. accounting and consultancy firms such as Baker Tilly, EY (Ernst & Young), Crowe and the orthopedic group Orlin & Cohen.

“It’s a great way to build my closet,” says Margaret Sykes, 19, a sophomore from Massachusetts majoring in film. “I’m glad Hofstra is providing this service because clothes are expensive now and a lot of people don’t have the money to buy work clothes.”

She adds, “I mostly have flannels, jeans and t-shirts, so I have a few business suits. I plan to wear them for upcoming recruitments, and needed something that looked professional when I go on set to interview an important figure from the president of Hofstra or other university officials.

Career center director Michelle Kyriakides says the store concept is something she’s had in mind for many years as a “personal goal”, even before she heard it was becoming a trend in other schools.

“A big part of an employer’s decision about career readiness comes down to how applicants present themselves, so we want to help our students feel confident,” says Kyriakides.

Catherine Gallo, 20, couldn’t believe it when a Hofstra University student told her she had gotten a stylish blazer for free from a new store on campus in Hempstead.

“My friend told me about it and I was like, ‘What?’ “Says Gallo, a marketing student from Smithtown who will be graduating next fall. “When I went there, it was like a mix between a thrift store and a boutique.

Gallo and her friend got their clothes from Hofstra’s Career Closet shop, which provides new and gently used professional clothing free of charge to its students, who can “buy” clothing and accessories for interviews by appointment. job fairs and networking forums.

Gallo adds, “They had all the options and sizes…blazers, pants, shirts…I have a black cardigan and a green top that I plan to wear for an internship or interviews.”

Operated by the Center for Career Design and Development, the Career Closet is located within the Campus Living and Wellness Center. It opened on September 19 and the site is its first permanent location. It used to operate as an on-campus pop-up event that started in 2018, and so far it has provided over 1,500 students with items for their own closets.

Career closets address the need for students on limited budgets to have professional attire, and they are springing up at colleges nationwide, including DePaul University Chicago, University of Pittsburgh, University of South Carolina , the University of Washington and Boston College.

Hofstra’s was the first on Long Island and one of the first in New York. St. John’s University in Queens also has one.

Apparel such as suits, skirts, pants, ties, shoes, handbags and more are solicited from Hofstra employees and Center for Career Design and Development business partners, including design firms. accountants and consultants such as Baker Tilly, EY (Ernst & Young), Crowe and the orthopedic group Orlin & Cohen.

“It’s a great way to build my closet,” says Margaret Sykes, 19, a sophomore from Massachusetts majoring in film. “I’m glad Hofstra is providing this service because clothes are expensive now and a lot of people don’t have the money to buy work clothes.”

She adds, “I mostly have flannels, jeans and t-shirts, so I have a few business suits. I plan to wear them for upcoming recruitments, and needed something that looked professional when I go on set to interview an important figure from the president of Hofstra or other university officials.

Career center director Michelle Kyriakides says the store concept is something she’s had in mind for many years as a “personal goal”, even before she heard it was becoming a trend in other schools.

“A big part of an employer’s decision about career readiness comes down to how applicants present themselves, so we want to help our students feel confident,” says Kyriakides.

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