Dress for Success

Why DiJONES Real Estate is supporting women’s charity Dress for Success

DiJONES committed to helping disadvantaged women make a good first impression

● Team Members across the DiJONES Network in Sydney and the Southern Highlands are
running a donation drive for quality, professional women’s clothes
● Outfits will be donated to Dress for Success, a charity to help vulnerable women re-enter the
workforce

It’s no secret that in the real estate business, first impressions matter. So Sydney and Southern Highlands-based real estate agency, DiJONES, found a natural connection with Dress for Success.

What is Dress for Success?

Dress for Success is a charity dedicated to helping vulnerable women create a solid first impression as they seek to re-enter the jobs market or take part in an important life event.

Relying on clothes donations and volunteer help, Dress for Success aims to empower women to achieve economic independence, offering free clothing, styling and presentation skills. It also aims to provide a support network and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Clothes donated to Dress for Success end up in their Marrickville boutique in Sydney, where volunteers work with women to help them choose an interview outfit, while providing guidance and support. DiJONES offices that are donations points include: Paddington, Wahroonga, Beecroft, Neutral Bay, Mosman & Bowral Offices.

Why is DiJONES supporting Dress for Success?

Studies show that women are far more likely to live in poverty than men, with older, unmarried and minority women at the highest risk.

Dress for Success’s clients have often been made redundant, have faced gender, age or racial discrimination in their job search or are dealing with a motherhood penalty after taking a career break to raise children.

Others are recovering from a health-care crisis, marriage breakdown or are the victims of domestic violence or intergenerational poverty.

Having the right clothes can make a big difference to both how they are perceived and how they perceive themselves.

“Working in real estate we know all too well the importance of presentation and a good first impression,” says DiJONES General Manager, Kylie Walsh.

“These things matter when it comes to selling property, and the way our agents dress and present themselves to buyers and sellers is hugely important in creating a good first impression.”

“Clothes also matters from an emotional and psychological point of view.”

“When we have something nice to wear, we feel more confident, more prepared, and more able to take on the world. Something as simple as a nice outfit can give us a confidence boost, which makes all the difference when you’re going for a job or simply just trying to do a good day’s work.”

Another way to give back

DiJONES has always had a philosophy of giving back to the local community whenever we can, and our donation drive to help Dress for Success is a new way for our staff, their families and even our clients to get involved on a very practical level.

“We have many women working across our eight DiJONES offices and I think we can all relate to the need to present well. At the same time, many of us have good clothes we simply
don’t wear for one reason or another,” Walsh says.

“If everyone donates just one work outfit then we will make a real difference and help women suffering financial hardship step back into the workforce.”

“Our agents often guide our clients to declutter and give unwanted items away as they prepare to sell their property,” said DiJONES CEO, Rob Ward.

“It’s great to be able to refer our clients to this charity if they have quality, professional outfits they no longer need, and we hope that many women will benefit from the clothes we can give to Dress for Success through this initiative. ”DiJONES will also continue to support the Humour Foundation by raising funds for the ‘Clown Doctors’.

About DiJONES Real Estate

A staple across the Sydney and Southern Highlands property scenes, DiJONES Real Estate is a cutting edge and innovative agency with a customer-first approach to buying and selling.

Offering a bespoke experience with the ultimate goal of delivering each and every client with outstanding results, what started as a small, family-owned business has blossomed into a boutique network of offices all perfectly aligned to provide the finest real estate services – no matter your journey.

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