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Richland Community College Opens Free Success Closet, Holds Professional Development Events for 2023 Career Week




Decatur, IL – Next week, Richland Community College is holding their 2023 Career Week. Along with temporarily opening a free Success Closet for students, the week will be filled with events and workshops to assist students with professional development as they prepare for the Career Fair on March 31st.

On Monday, March 6, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Student Success Center will open a free Success Closet to currently enrolled students. Over the past couple of months, Richland’s staff and faculty, community members, and alumni donated close to 200 items for students to make a good impression at the Career Fair. In the four-hour window, students can pick out an entire outfit (including shoes and accessories, if available) and keep them forever. The closet will reopen on the day of the Career Fair, and if there are any items left, the closet will open by appointment to students. 

Ashley Hall, Career and Completion Coach, said, “Not everyone can afford to spend a lot of money on an entire professional wardrobe or even get a nice outfit to make a good first impression at an interview. Then, there are other barriers like transportation to go shopping or the time it takes out of your day. Now, it will just be another quick stop on campus. Career Services is here to help.”

Donations to the closet are currently closed thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the community.

Other events throughout the week include: Do’s & Don’ts Fashion Show, Tie your Necktie Tutorial, Interest & Career Exploration, Professional Profile Handshake, LinkedIn, and Social Media Cleanup*, Professional Headshots*, Resume Workshop*, Interview Prep.* (The asterisk [*] indicates registration, appointment or sign-up is required. A full list of events and times is listed at the end of the release.) 

Students can register for events & workshops on Handshake by using their Richland Student Email.


WHEN: Monday, March 6th – Thursday, March 9th


MONDAY, March 6th

  • Do’s & Don’ts Fashion Show – 11 a.m.
  • Tie your Necktie Tutorial – 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Success Closet – 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

TUESDAY, March 7th

  • Interest & Career Exploration – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, March 8th 

  • *Professional Profile Handshake, LinkedIn, and Social Media Cleanup* – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • *Professional Headshots* – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

THURSDAY, March 9th 

  • *Resume Workshop* by appt.

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