Unemployed women to get free interview outfits and advice

NO-T24 Business Smart Works Women across Scotland can now be helped by the Smart Works service
Women across Scotland can now be helped by the Smart Works service

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Women out of work can now get help with interview training and a pack of high-quality work clothing in the post.

Smart Works, previously only available in Scotland to those in Edinburgh, is now extending its service to unemployed women in the Highlands and Islands.

It provides interview clothes, styling advice and interview training – giving women ‘the confidence, self-belief and practical tools to succeed at interview and transform their lives’, said the company.

Smart Works has its headquarters is in London, with other centres around the UK.

Its virtual service allows women to receive free online interview coaching from human resources professionals as well as a clothes parcel in the post. Clothes are donated by retailers including M&S, John Lewis and Hobbs.

Smart Works has helped over 1,000 women since it launched in 2014 and 60 per cent who used it got work within a month.

Support is also available for women who have not been offered an interview with coaches providing advice on CVs and job hunting.

Maggie Darling, chairwoman of Smart Works in Edinburgh, said: ‘We are delighted to be able to offer our life-changing service to women in the Highlands and Islands. Our ambition is that every unemployed woman in Scotland should be able to reach Smart Works ahead of her job interview.’

Previous clients have called it ‘a wonderful, positive experience’ after being made redundant.

For more information, or for an appointment, call 0131 516 7787.