We’re back!

We are now back from the holidays, and have returned to our regular hours!


Current information, along with directions, and links to a map and referral form can be found on our About page, or at this link.


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Holiday Closings

We will be closed for the holidays starting on Friday, December 16th, and will return on Tuesday, January 10th of the new year.


Happy Holidays!

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New Hours, plus some directions for community members!

Starting the week of October 16th, we have new hours!



Every appointment will need a referral form, which can be found here.


Visitor parking can be found in lot E (Right in front of Kittredge Center) and in lot J. (By the Frost building) If you enter through the main entrance (Homestead ave.) the E lot is at the bottom of the hill. If that is full, the J lot can be found on the other side of the circuit surrounding campus. (Parking map and directions to campus can be found here)

Once you get to Kittredge, you can find the office on the second floor, right by a pair of mannequins dressed in professional clothes.

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We’re back!

The Holyoke Career Closet is open again!

Here are our new hours:










Get a referral for us and make an appointment for your career clothing needs!


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The Holyoke Career Closet will be closed from August 15th-August 22nd

If you need assistance, please call Christine Burns at Providence Ministries at 413-539-9109 or Dorothy Blair at Holyoke Community College at 413-552-2064

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Interview Hair, Makeup, Fragrance, and Nails Tips

Here are some tips on hair, makeup, fragrance, and nails for the day of your interview! These small parts of your appearance can be very important in making a great first impression.

Hair: Keep it simple

  • If your hair is long, consider pulling it back in a ponytail. This way, you won’t be tempted to absentmindedly fiddle with it.
  • Even if you don’t use hair spray every day, a light dusting of it will keep fly-aways at bay.
  • Don’t wear a hat as part of your ensemble. If you need a hat to keep yourself warm, remove it before entering the building, and peek into a mirror to remove any traces of hat head.
  • Skip the flashy hair accessories.
  • Keep your hair out of your face at all costs. Long bangs falling into your eyes are sexy for a date, but they won’t project a professional image. If you need to get them out of your face, using a simple barrette or bobby pin is a fine solution.

Makeup: Less is more

  • For your face, you probably won’t need much more than concealer and loose powder. If you have blemishes or uneven skin tone, by all means, use a foundation! But if you don’t need much coverage, just skip it.
  • The night before your interview, exfoliate chapped lips by scrubbing them with a warm, wet washcloth. Follow with a generous coating of lip balm. Before the interview, use a sheer lipstick to give lips a hint of color.
  • Wear lipstick, not lip gloss. Gloss is too shiny and youthful for a formal occasion like an interview.
  • Use eye shadows in neutral shades such as tan, brown, and cream. A little bit of shimmer is fine, but stay away from adding a lot of shine to your eyelids.
  • Mascara and a thin line of smudged pencil eyeliner are really all you need. Skip the liquid liner, even if you can apply it like a pro.
  • Well-groomed brows show that you pay attention to details. Tweeze any stray hairs that threaten to give you uni-brow.
  • Applying a little bit of blush makes everyone look healthier. Use this rather than bronzer for a natural-looking, healthy glow.

Fragrance: One easy-to-remember guideline

  • Don’t wear any. You don’t want your interviewer put off by a scent they don’t find appealing. Everyone is different. Skip it.

Nails: A few tips

  • It doesn’t matter whether your nails are long or short, but they should be neatly filed.
  • A neutral nail is foolproof, so look for barely-there beige and pink polishes. Classic red can work, too, but use your judgment: it’ll probably fit in at an ad agency, but not at a conservative law firm.
  • Skip the French manicure. Some people think they’re classy, but others think they’re corny, so just go with a single color.

 Source: http://www.bellasugar.com/Makeup-Tips-Job-Interview-1083269


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Donate on Valley Gives Day!

Valley Gives Day is a 24 hour fundraising effort on December 12, 2013 for the nonprofits in Western Massachusetts. Please participate and support Providence Ministries, the Holyoke Career Closet’s parent organization.

Providence Ministries is a nonprofit that seeks to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and clothe the needy. Your donation will help Kate’s Kitchen provide a free lunch for those in need 365 days a year. A $10 donation will go towards feeding a family of 4 a hot Christmas meal!

Please visit our Valley Gives page for more information on how to donate:


If you need some more persuading, here are some excellent reasons to donate:

1)    Giving to charity may improve your sense of well-being

The act of helping others can create an improved sense of well-being. Knowing that you sacrificed something such as time, finances or property in order to help others in need can give you a sense of purpose in life or work and inner satisfaction.

2)    Supporting a cause can help keep you informed about issues of social injustice

When considering donating to a charity, many people tend to research the issues connected to that organization. As a result, you become more educated about social injustices around the world. You may discover new points of view and opinions on topics about which you were previously uniformed. This knowledge may position you to help increase the awareness of social problems among those in your sphere of influence from a balanced and educated standpoint.

3)    Giving to charity out of spiritual conviction can strengthen your spiritual life

Selfless giving is a key component to many spiritual and religious belief systems. Recognizing that you have taken action in line with your spiritual beliefs by offering your resources to others in need can bring a sense of inner peace and contentment.

4)    Donations are tax deductible

When you donate to a charitable organization or a non-profit group, the amount you donate is tax deductible. But not only is the money you give tax deductible, so are the amounts you spend on travel, parking costs and even convention and event fees that are related to the non-profit group, as long as you are not being reimbursed by the charity for these expenses.

5)    Volunteering with a charity may result in physical and social benefits

After donating financially to a charity or non-profit organization, you may feel an inner pull to become more involved with the cause by donating your time and skill as well. By volunteering, you have the opportunity to build your social circles while reaping the physical, mental and spiritual benefits from the labor you contribute to your favorite cause.


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Tips on Wearing Jewelry to an Interview

Just as you dress to impress for an interview, you should consider what your jewelry says about you and if that’s the first impression you want to give a potential employer. Here are some tips to help you make that decision.

1) Less is more. Even if you normally wear several rings and bracelets, your interview is not the time for that. Just choose one of each, preferably something simple like a single chain or a strand of pearls.

2) Consider the noise your bracelets make. You don’t want your interviewer to be distracted by your jewelry clanging on the table or jingling as you make hand gestures. They should be focused on what you are saying.

3) Smaller earrings are better. While you may love your large hoop earrings, you don’t want that to be the first thing your interviews notices about you. Try to wear small hoops, pearls, or posts.

4) Your jewelry should be conservative and appropriate for the industry in which you are interviewing. While you may like to stand out with your own personal style, an interview is the time to show your potential employers that you understand and can fit in with the established environment of the company.

5) It’s not a good idea to wear jewelry with symbols, words, or letters. While it may mean one thing to you, you don’t know how it will be interpreted by your interviewer. It’s fine to enjoy showing your passion and belief through your jewelry, but the interview should be focused on you and what you can bring to the company. You don’t want to risk an interviewer having any bias against you based on a symbol you wear.

6) Wearing clean jewelry is just as important as wearing clean clothes. Your jewelry for your interview should be understated and barely noticed, and if it’s tarnished or your watch has a fraying band it will stick out. Check your jewelry before you leave the house. 

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Guide to cleaning out your closet

In honor of our upcoming Clothing Donation Drive here are a few tips to help you clean out your closet. Cleaning out your closet is one of the most daunting tasks on your chore list. Where to even begin? Fortunately there are a few easy tips you can adapt to your process.

Before you begin-

Figure out who you are. What style and image are you trying to portray? This will help you guide through the process so you can easily pin point a few items that stand out which do not fit.

During the process-

Analyze each individual item. Go through each item in your closet and ask yourself whether you really wear each item. When was the last time that you wore it? If you find that you haven’t worn it in the past year then you will probably not wear it in the near future.

After the cleansing-

Instead of throwing all of your clothes into one pile and have to organize it As you are analyzing each item you should set aside a few piles. The clothes you want to keep, the clothes you want to donate and the clothes that should be thrown out or recycled. Be sure to donate your work and interview appropriate clothes to the Holyoke Career Closet. Our Clothing Donation Drive is Saturday August 31 at the Great Holyoke Block Party, located on High Street.


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Donation Drive

donation drive flyer

Come by to drop off clothing (REQUESTED: Women’s S and XL, Men’s S and M), then stay for the Holyoke Block Party!

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August 6, 2013 · 1:25 pm