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Dress for Success

Career Closet

The Office of Career Services strives to provide all students with the resources needed to be successful in their career development and job search processes.  We understand that many students are on a strict budget and may not be able to afford professional clothing, which is why we have established the Career Closet.

The Career Closet provides UL Lafayette students with free, gently used professional clothing for interviews, career fairs, and professional networking events.  The goal of this program is to offer students in need of professional attire with clothing options that will allow them to make a positive first impression on potential employers.

Note: This service is currently not available for students.  Students will be able to access the Career Closet in the Fall 2017 semester once donations have been made.

Donate to the Career Closet

In order to provide this service to students, we need the assistance of campus and community members.  Please consider donating the following gently used items:

  • Pants and jacket suit sets
  • Skirt and jacket suit sets
  • Blazers and sports coats
  • Dress slacks, pants, and skirts
  • Dress shirts and blouses
  • Belts and ties
  • Gently worn shoes- black, brown, nude, or navy.  Ladies pumps or flats should be closed toe and heel.
  • Hangers

*Please consider the color of the items being donated.  Black, gray, navy, or other neutral colors are preferred for professional attire.

Donations can be brought to the Conference Center- Room 104, or you can contact Laine Blazevich at laine@louisiana.edu for more information on donations and drop offs.

Professional Dress

A recent study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) showed that 88% of employers surveyed indicated they expect job candidates to be dressed in business casual or better for an interview.  A large part of the first impression you will make on potential employers comes from your ability to dress appropriately.  Remember, you are dressing for the interview, not the specific job.  When in doubt, it is better to be overdressed than underdressed. 

General guidelines for professional dress:

Suits: Pants and jacket set or skirt and jacket set (black, grey, or navy).

Blouses and Shirts: Pressed and appropriate coverage (white or light colored).

Shoes: Polished dress shoes.  Pumps or flats should be closed toe and heel (nude, black, brown, or navy).

Accessories: Conservative color ties, belts that match shoes, and a minimum amount of jewelry (a watch, a ring, small earrings, simple necklace).

Grooming: Well-groomed hair and nails and natural-looking makeup.

Business Casual

In some cases an "interview suit" is not necessary and business casual attire is appropriate. The business casual look can be slacks, skirts to the knee or khakis. It includes a collared shirt (button-down or polo style), a nice blouse with a sweater, or coordinated separates. Avoid low-cut blouses. Never wear jeans, shorts, tank tops, excessive jewelry, tennis shoes, or flip flops. Always be well groomed.