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ACDC Career Closet helps UNO students dress for success, gives confidence

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Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Updated: Sunday, December 8, 2013 14:12

First impressions can make a huge difference when it comes to earning internships and jobs. In today’s society, dressing professionally to make a good first impression can be costly. Thankfully, ACDC is here to help.

ACDC, the Academic & Career Development Center (not the famous rock band), is holding their second career closet this fall. Since their first career closet, before the Spring 2013 Career Fairs, was such a success, they have decided to bring it back this fall.

This year the Career Closet will be a three-day event taking place Sept. 9 - 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the ACDC office in the Eppley Administration Building room 115. During this time, students will have the opportunity to stop by and “shop” for free professional clothing that will be theirs to keep. Students are limited to selecting one outfit and will be able to try on clothes upon arrival.

Last year, approximately 50 UNO students came and benefitted from the Career Closet in just one day. These students left with professional clothing to wear to career fairs and job interviews. In order to make this fall’s Career Closet as successful as it was last spring, ACDC is actively looking for clothing donors. The Career Closet is the perfect place for anyone in the community to donate professional clothing that they no longer use.

ACDC is looking for clean and gently used professional attire. Donations are tax deductible and the Career Closet is open to almost every article of professional clothing.

Donations needed include men’s and women’s suits, blouses, dress shirts, slacks, ties, skirts and more. Although clothing donations are the priority, shoes and accessories will also be accepted as donations. However, donating clothing is not the only way to get involved--the Career Closet also needs contributions of clothing hangers and racks to display clothing.

Donations for the Career Closet will be accepted year-round. ACDC’s goal is to get enough donations throughout the year that the Career Closet can run year round instead of only prior to career fairs. With more donations, the Career Closet is sure to be as successful and beneficial to students as it was last spring.

Katie Wessel, assistant director with career advising, said that a student who benefited from the Career Closet last spring commented that the donations from faculty, staff and other UNO students made her feel like the UNO community cared about her because they donated such nice clothing for UNO students to take for free.

With more contributions this fall, the Career Closet is sure to receive even more appreciative feedback about this unique form of UNO community support.

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