Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority plans to make its “Fashioned for Greatness” job readiness fair an annual event.
The event helps job candidates present their best selves to potential employers by providing participants with styling tips, free professional outfits, résumé writing advice and interview preparation.
“This is a very unique workforce development event,” said Zerik Samples, chief development officer for Community Action Authority.
The agency hosted the event Sept. 15 in Old City Hall in Brunswick, and Samples said nearly 50 people attended.
Jeramiah Roberts, a 2008 graduate of Brunswick High School and CEO of Fashion Mr. Styles, put on the event.
“People were able to come in, and they got dressed for free,” Samples said. “They got dressed for success.”
Hair stylists, barbers and makeup specialists offered styling tips to participants. Others helped with résumé writing and offered mock interviews.
“We had a number of for-profits and businesses, and they did on-site interviews,” Samples said.
Some people left that day with job offers, including a homeless man who attended the event.
“We had a group that were homeless that gathered up right before the event started. I talked with them about the event. I encouraged them to come,” said Dominique Mack, community services director for Community Action Authority.
One man came inside, received a haircut and left with a new suit and a job offer that he received at the event.
“You go from homeless to having a job in a matter of hours,” Mack said.
Tres Hamilton, CEO of Community Action Authority, decided that the event will now be held annually, Samples said.
“This events prepare people to either start a new career or take their career to the next level,” Samples said.
Tickets will also soon go on sale for Community Action Authority’s “Voices of Success” fundraising gala.
The event will take place Dec. 15 at the Jekyll Island Conference Center. Tickets go on sale Oct. 1.