SPRING HILL — Finding a job in this wretched economy is tough enough. When the job seeker is a woman lacking confidence, higher skills or even basic professional attire, the task becomes even more challenging.
To the rescue is My Career Closet, a new nonprofit initiative aiming to help women gain the tools they need to get hired.
My Career Closet grew out of My Inner Peace, an organization for women founded in 2009 by CPA Jackie Campbell and a host of professional advisers with skills in fields ranging from financial, physical, emotional, life management, mental health to nutritional.
"It's for women searching for clarity and confidence,'' Campbell said.
Among those on the My Career Closet team of one-on-one helpers are representatives of cosmetic specialists Mary Kay and Arbonne. Also available with their networks are job counselors with Career Central.
The all-volunteer organization aims to attract unemployed women, as well as women coming out of the military or prison, Campbell said. Those are most in need of career and counseling guidance as well as business attire.
The group is asking for donations of gently worn and clean business interview outfits, suits, dresses, pant suits, dress shoes, accessories, even clothes hangers.
"It's something I'm passionate about from my experience," Campbell said. "I'm a problem solver and if I don't know the answer, I know someone who does."
Beth N. Gray can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.