Dress for Success SW Florida offers 10-week free professional retail training

September 30, 2016 CONRIC PR

Dress for Success SW Florida, in partnership with the Walmart Foundation and TracFone, presents a free 10-week retail training opportunity, starting on Oct. 5 at the former Gap location at the Bell Tower Shops. Women in need of a better career future can register now for this Going Places Network opportunity by emailing nickole@dfsswflorida.org or calling (239) 689-4992.

Retail Education Advancing Leadership (REAL) training helps women gain professional skills, accelerate their job search and build confidence through weekly training sessions, one-on-one career coaching and networking in a supportive environment. Participants will learn from successful speakers, attend a job fair featuring well known retail employers, and receive:

  • A cell phone
  • A free outfit for job interviews
  • An expense account to assist with the job search
  • Retail certification at graduation

The GPN REAL initiative focuses on the retail industry as a viable sector-specific employment option for both unemployed and underemployed women to succeed in the workplace and to find upward mobility in their careers. This REAL retail training includes education in communication styles and problem solving, style and personal branding, phone interview techniques, transferrable skills, and leadership and management techniques.

Dress for Success SW Florida is one of about a dozen affiliates of Dress for Success Worldwide to have received a portion of a $2.5-million grant from the Walmart Foundation intended to increase the economic mobility of entry level workers to advance their careers.

For more information, contact Dress for Success SW Florida at (239) 689-4992 or visit dfsswflorida.org.

About Dress for Success SW Florida

Dress for Success SW Florida is part of a global movement for change, empowering women to obtain safer and better futures. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 141 cities in 19 countries and has helped more than 850,000 women work towards self-sufficiency, while providing career wardrobes, employment counseling and mentoring. Dress for Success SW Florida is located at 12995 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 153 in Fort Myers and at the Hodges University College Campus in Naples. For more information, call (239) 689-4992, email swflorida@dressforsuccess.org or visit www.dfsswflorida.org.

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