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NorthTec’s nursing department has been working with Dress for Success to ensure its graduates make a great impression when they go for job interviews.
For the second year running, representatives from the Whangarei-based non-profit organisation have been coming to NorthTec to help third year nursing students prepare for work.
Nursing lecturer Jeanette Briscoe said that after studying for three years it was often difficult for graduates to afford smart interview clothes. However, it was really important to make a strong first impression by dressing appropriately and professionally.
She said that NorthTec has been working with Dress for Success Northland for the last two years, preparing each class of third year students as they are approaching the end of their studies and facing their first interviews for nursing jobs.
Two students, one male and one female, are secretly selected for a Dress for Success “makeover” and are referred to the service to work with Executive Manager, Rosemari Daly. Clothes, shoes and accessories are chosen to suit each person, and alterations made when necessary.
The well-dressed and groomed students are then presented to their class, and Rosemari explains why each article was chosen. The students have the opportunity to discuss the best look for a job interview, including appropriate make-up and hairstyles.
Models for the day, Kawhena Boyd and Dilli Bhattarai, were both impressed with their chosen look. Kawhena said she felt both smart and comfortable in her jacket, skirt and top, and said it would boost her confidence when going for an interview. Dilli praised the Dress for Success service, which also offers help with CV and interview preparation.
Jeanette Briscoe said that Northland DHB, which interviews a large number of NorthTec nursing graduates each year, had given excellent feedback about the general level of presentation and interview-preparedness shown.
Dress for Success Northland is always looking for donations of clothing, footwear and accessories appropriate for interviews. Donated clothes should be freshly washed and ironed, and less than five years old. Visit northland.dressforsuccess.org for details.
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