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Helping Suffolk Job Seekers Look Their Interview-Best

Tom Baxter checks out his new business suit at the Suffolk County One-Stop Employment Center.
Tom Baxter checks out his new business suit at the Suffolk County One-Stop Employment Center.

Those interviewing for work know full-well that appearance matters. But it gets tricky if you lack the budget to don a new outfit.

That's where Hauppauge-based CareerCouture Boutique can help.

Backed by a partnership with Suffolk County along with the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Consumer Affairs and EAC Network, CareerCouture Boutique gives eligible job seekers a chance to get free professional attire for their next job interview. 

The service fits within the mission of Suffolk County's Labor Department, which aims to assist residents looking for new jobs or changing careers.

The boutique opened its doors to the public last week, with a traditional ribbon-cutting.

“We are proud to be able to add this service to what we offer residents looking for work or new careers,” County Executive Steve Bellone said. 

“We are happy to partner with EAC Network, a not-for-profit human service agency, which assists the county with collecting donations for the boutique and has established partnerships with retail clothing suppliers,” he added.

The boutique is designed to serve both males and females, giving them access to suits, dresses, shirts, blouses, jewelry, accessories and shoes to ensure complete attire for job interviews. Historically, many not-for-profits who offer clothing assistance cater mostly to women seeking employment, according to a news release.

Thomas Baxter, an Army Reserves sergeant and client of the center, who lives in Central Islip, gave the clothing assistance high marks.

“This means a lot to me and I appreciate the service Suffolk County has provided,” he said. 

Baxter, who received several medals while serving two tours in Iraq and patrolling Ground Zero after the terror attacks, is now looking for work in the health field. 

While at the boutique last week, he traded in his camouflage uniform for a business suit and modeled the new outfit.

A dry cleaner dry-cleaned all of the clothes at a steep discount to the Labor Department. Sports Clips Haircuts is providing 100 free haircuts for men through August.

To be eligible for clothing from Career Couture Boutique, residents must be registered with the One Stop Employment Center and have a scheduled interview. All customers will receive a suit with accessories.

The boutique is located at Suffolk County’s One-Stop Employment Center in Hauppauge, a cutting-edge endeavor which brings together both employers and job seekers, providing a one-stop approach to job search. It is staffed with employment professionals from several private and public entities, and functions as a full service human resources facility. The center supplies the job-seeking customer with all the tools necessary for a self-directed or staff-assisted job search, and provides employers with facilities and workforce support.

CAPICU June 03, 2014 at 10:41 AM
Who cut Tom Baxter’s hair? Was it Sports Clips Haircuts, the one providing 100 FREE haircuts for men through August? If I ever lose my job, I will buy my own suit and pay for my own haircut. It shows initiative and the ability to get things done, characteristics employers are looking for.
LINANA June 03, 2014 at 12:07 PM
Are these suits donated by people since the article indicated that a dry cleaner cleaned them at a substantial discount OR is the government BUYING the suits? If they accept donations, it would be great to provide that info in your article.
Etaoin June 03, 2014 at 12:49 PM
The clothing is all donated by individuals and businesses, including Men's Wear House.
mary ann June 04, 2014 at 09:29 AM
I think it's great! I notice the man in the picture is a military fellow and this will be a great help to all those men and women who have done service for their country. It's important to have an "interview suit" for both men and women. Good luck to all those seeking jobs.
CAPICU June 04, 2014 at 11:51 AM
Tells you a lot about the military. Most come back penniless, injured (physically and mentally) and with job skills not needed by the private sector.


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