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Office Depot Tip: A briefcase is an important business accessory. Not only does it help create a positive overall appearance when you are interviewing for an office position but it helps you stay organized for commuting to work while retaining a professional image.
When you upgrade your briefcase to a new one, consider donating your old briefcase to a charity such as a women's shelter or GoodWill location. When you are upgrading your wardrobe and your cellular phone, do the same.
Many abused women's shelters try to help abused women who start out on their own again to develop the confidence to get a job to support her family. The same types of programs exist for women returning to the workforce for any reason.
Many of these programs exist for all types of people including those being retrained after an accident or young people learning to support themselves when coming out of the foster care system.
Having a new suit and the right accessories such as a briefcase or portfolio can help increase your self-confidence. Business clothes and accessories that are a few seasons old to you will bring a lot of joy and self confidence to someone who's starting out fresh.
Having the right clothes and accessories can make a big difference in the interviewing process.
While you may have outgrown your starter briefcase or portfolio, it may be just the thing to bring someone else the confidence and self esteem boost that they need to help them go for a better job.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|