CMS has teamed up with the Aberdeen Law Project (ALP) to support a new initiative aimed at helping low-income jobseekers in the North East dress for success when they attend interviews.
The ‘OutFit Like’ scheme provides donated business clothing which can be used by people who are looking for work but unable to afford suitable attire required for a job interview. Delivered by ALP in partnership with Aberdeen Cyrenians, the new scheme also provides jobseekers with workshops on CV writing and interview skills.
The new initiative is designed to address barriers that some individuals face when trying to secure employment including having the means to dress appropriately for a job interview.
Through its Aberdeen office, CMS is sponsoring the scheme to help the team meet ongoing operational costs including on-going clothing cleaning expenses. Along with University of Aberdeen School of Law and two other legal firms, CMS is also donating clothes for the initiative.
Judith Aldersey-Williams, an Aberdeen-based partner at CMS, said: “CMS is delighted to be supporting the Aberdeen Law Project by sponsoring OutFit Like. This is a fantastic initiative which will have a positive impact on many lower income jobseekers as well as employers and the wider community.
“Having access to smart clothing is essential in helping ensure job applicants feel confident and perform to their potential when attending interviews.” Helena Siebenrock, student director at ALP, commented: “Research suggests that it only takes a few seconds for an employer to form an impression about an interviewee. It’s not always fair but having access to the right clothes can be the difference between making a good impression or a bad one. We hope OutFit Like will change that and help more people get back into the workplace.”