Smart Works is a UK charity that dresses and coaches unemployed women for interview and job success. The charity exists to give women the confidence they need to reach their full potential, secure employment and change the trajectory of their lives. We are proud that in the last year, 72% of women helped before a job interview secured employment within a month.
At the heart of Smart Works sits a two hour dressing and coaching service for unemployed women with confirmed job interviews.
Each client has a personalised styling session with Smart Works volunteer stylists, receiving a complete outfit of high quality clothes and accessories for their specific job interview, which are free and hers to keep. We make sure that our clients look fabulous, feel confident and have everything they need, from a winter coat to a pair of tights.
After her dressing, each client receives a one-to-one interview preparation and coaching session with an experienced HR professional or senior manager. The interview session focuses on increasing the awareness of her own strengths, answering questions effectively and understanding what is expected of her at interview.
Once a client is successful at interview, they are welcomed back for a Second Dressing to receive five additional pieces of clothing. This means that they can start their new role with a capsule working wardrobe which will see them through until their first pay cheque.
When our clients re-enter the workplace, we encourage them to join the Smart Works Network, a membership group of women who have recently returned to work. The Network meet on a monthly basis to further their professional and personal development, helping and motivating one another to succeed.