16 thoughts on “Logistical Challenge

  1. I feel ya. I’ll be looking for a new job soon and it’s been so damn long since I did the job hunt thang, I’ve been thinking about things like that, too.

  2. I’ve never been in this situation, so I’m sorry if this is a stupid thing to ask, but are there any decent prospects at a goodwill or something? (I’ve been lucky enough to not get laid off, although I had a close call last year). Good luck at your interview, though.

  3. Depends on the Goodwill. Some of them do have some nice second-hand dress clothes. Others, not so much. But I think the idea – thrift stores and consignment stores – is a good one. And the good news is that you still have a day to figure it out. The really good news, of course, is that you have a job interview!

  4. Figure out the shoes first.

    When I graduated from college, it took me eight months to get a job as a clerk. I was flat broke and going to work in an engineering office, where everyone wore nice suits and such. Goodwill was a godsend. I bought one decent pair of pants, one decent skirt, and bought blouses and sweaters at the Goodwill as I got paychecks.

    Luck to you; karma comes around the good way too.

  5. I was going to recommend looking into <Dress for Success and/or Bottomless Closet as a source for career clothes. But I checked their websites and they offer clothes and other services to women from specific job training programs and not the general public.

  6. That’s why it’s a logistical challenge. Even when you’re shopping for new clothes, it takes a while to find something that fits and also goes with the rest of your wardrobe.

  7. Actually, a kind reader just sent me a donation to get an outfit. Now all I have to do is find one!

  8. I wish you the best of luck on your interview. Your reader is an angel – and merciless is right, karma comes around the good way, too. Buy something that you feel good in.

  9. Here in SW Ohio, Macy’s seems to have the best selection that isn’t too “fashiony.” By fashiony, I mean why the hell would I would walk into in interview, in a suit with fucking ruffles!?

    Congrats on the interview. One month laid off and counting. I just bought a new suit, since the last one seems to have shrunk since its last outing.

  10. Make sure you look at any dress shirt under a good light. I recently discovered the hard way that a lot of manufacturers have gone to “sheer” dress shirts for women. Because that’s what I want under my suit – a shirt you can see my bra through!

  11. Best wishes on finding something you feel good in and feel you look good in — that is very important. I don’t know your height, but is hemming slacks an issue? That adds to the stress for some of us….

    And, knock ’em dead. I know that writing something isn’t quite the same as speaking, but, damn, you are good.

  12. Good luck with the interview, Susie.
    And whatever you do, please don’t wear a Mets cap or jersey.

  13. OK, a lurker here, but in NY, the women’s groups collect “Dress for Success” clothes, where business women contribute clothes to other women who are interviewing for jobs. Maybe there is something similar in your neck of the woods?

    That being said, given your qualifications, and the type of job you are probably looking for, I doubt any potential employer is unaware of your website. So, if they have asked you in for a “chat” and know your background, I suspect the clothes (unless freakishly inappropriate) are irrelevant.

    Good luck,


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