For most of their lives, many students have relied on a wardrobe of jeans and other casual clothing, and buying that first interview-appropriate suit can be especially stressful.
Enter the College of Business Student to Career program at Tennessee Tech University.
"The interview process is difficult and stressful enough for a job-seeker, but especially for a college student going through it for the first time," said Amy Jo Carpenter, program director. "Having a tailored suit can help build confidence and remove at least one of the hurdles to landing that first job."
The Suit Up event, which is the first of its kind at TTU, will allow male students from all majors to get measured for a custom suit by sales associates from Men’s Wearhouse in Mt. Juliet and Nashville. It will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in Johnson Hall Auditorium.
“As a company, we have a ‘dress for success’ workshop that we do all over the country with schools, organizations and other companies,” said Dale Bynum, manager and associate at Men’s Wearhouse. “We are excited to offer advice and meet the students at TTU.”
Bynum and Wearhouse sales associate Jessica Walker will be at TTU to measure students and to give discount coupons during the event.
Carpenter says she hopes to organize a similar event for women as soon as she can find a business willing and able to partner with her.
"People always talk about how you need to dress for the job you want to have. This will help TTU students on their way," Carpenter said. "They will get an idea of what to expect from a fitting with a tailor."
"We want to help build students' confidence as they go in to land their first jobs."