Thursday, September 2, 2010

TSI at Work: Participant Uses Career Gear Internship to Sharpen Up Wardrobe and Resume

At Times Square Ink, we strive to connect with community partners who can provide our job seekers with supplemental resources they need as they work towards re-entering the workforce. Career Gear is one of our most valued partners. They help men "suit-up" for job interviews by providing them with free designer suits and ties.

In addition to providing our job seekers with suits, Career Gear is now providing our graduates with meaningful internships. After being referred for suiting earlier in the year, Times Square Ink graduate Jason inquired with TSI staff about the possibility of working with Career Gear on a voluntary basis to gain real work experience. Jason remarked that the process of being outfitted with a designer suit made him feel more confident than he had in years and wanted to help others feel the same way. Putting the networking skills that he acquired in TSI to use, he persisted in his efforts until he was given an opportunity to make good on his willingness to help.

Through his time as an intern at Career Gear, Jason has learned that the organization has much more to offer than clothing. After proving himself as an intern, he was invited to join program staff and other volunteers for Career Gear's Professional Development Series, in which he has been able to work with other professionals to refine his skills. Jason has also been paired with a mentor, who will provide him with personalized assistance. Career Gear's partnership with TSI has provided Jason with another source of professional training and resources. Building on the momentum that he created with his work at TSI and Career Gear, Jason recently found full-time employment with a TSI employer partner. If he continues to work hard and utilize his resources, Jason will be moving up the corporate ladder in no time!