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    Set Yourself Up For Success With Goodwill®

    A huge part of success is preparation. It’s rare that a person makes a major accomplishment without at least some sort of planning and thoughtful execution. While your goals may be lofty, the tools to help you reach them might actually be closer than you realize! They may even be at your local Goodwill®.

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    Image via Pinterest.com/TriadGoodwill

    Your big job interview is looming on the horizon and you’re still staring blankly into the abyss that is your closet, waiting for the right outfit to jump out at you. It has to be professional, crisp, and still comfortable so you’re not sweating any more than you already will be as you make this scary step toward a different future. Don’t let this task overwhelm you. Check out this “Dress For Success” pinboard by Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina, Inc. (Greensboro) for a little inspiration, then head out thrifting to pull the pieces together. You’ll be able to find just the right look and since you don’t have that dream job yet, you can save some money in the process!

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    Image via HorizonGoodwill.org

    Remember, though, that sometimes dressing for success isn’t so much about wearing a certain style as it is about confidence. When you feel good about yourself, others can tell. Carry yourself with certainty and you’ll most certainly find the success you seek. John from Horizon Goodwill Industries (Hagerstown) illustrates this point perfectly with the story of his treasured camel corduroy jacket. As much as his wife may chide him for still wearing it 20 years after its purchase, John feels good when he wears it. His confidence soars and the work he does is better. Do you have a certain article of clothing that makes you feel this way? Maybe it’s waiting for you in the racks of your local Goodwill!

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    How about those lucky people who get to work from home? Even if pajamas are acceptable work attire there is something that can be done to facilitate success; curate an inspiring workspace. Bridget from the DIY Playbook blog has created this gorgeous home office with $6 cabinets from Goodwill, a DIY tabletop, and free printables! My favorite part of the custom office (other than the price!) is how she made a functional workspace that also looks beautiful. Going to work every morning is easy when your office space looks like this.

    Other than providing shoppers with low prices for clothing, household items, and more, Goodwill also helps people find success by providing onsite and virtual skills, and employment training, job placement services and other community-based services, such as career counseling, financial education and résumé preparation. Success means something different to everyone, but with so many wonderful programs and options, I’m sure you’ll be able to make progress with the help of Goodwill.

    Julia Marchand
    is a home decor/DIY blogger at LITTLEroost. From her little roost in rural New England, fueled by coffee and fresh air, Julia blogs for Goodwill Industries International creating sustainable DIY, home decor, and fashion content from thrifted finds.
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    • Rose
      March 1st, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      I can not tell you how much our local Goodwill store has done in my life. I started shopping there about 10 years ago. I just stop in once in a while. Then it became a weekly visit. I call it my fix. Some woman must have their nails done or hair done weekly, well me, it was Goodwill. I found so many wonderful items for our home, and of course for myself as well. What I found the most, was friendship. Yes I was offered a job there, maybe because I helped so many new visitors, see I knew the store inside and out. Yes I worked part time to help my children with funds for college. NO one liked me working at the Goodwill store. I did. I felt needed, and appreciated. I made even more friends. I still shop there, and just recently helped a good friend get employment at our local Goodwill. His whole life has changed, he is very needed, and loves his job. He was a lost soul this year, with losing his older sister to health issues. Thank you so much Goodwill for all you do for many. We’re all blessed.

      • Kim Bayless
        April 3rd, 2015 at 9:51 am

        Thank you so much for you kind words and experience. If you know anyone who is having a hard time finding a job, give them our phone number: we may be able to help. 740-751-4282 or 740-387-7023 — we have a Jobs program that can show you how to apply on line and other skills. The program is free.

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