Canadian Suit Drive aims to help Quebecers stand out in job interviews

WATCH ABOVE: The Moores Canadian Suit Drive benefits at-risk men and women transition into the workforce.

MONTREAL – It takes less than five minutes for managers and recruiters to decide a candidate’s fate when hiring a new employee.

First impressions are crucial.

The majority of recruiters insist that unprofessional attire can hurt a candidate’s chances of being hired.

For men, a good suit can be the only thing standing in the way of securing a new career and saying ‘good-bye’ to unemployment – but suits are pricey.

Working in partnership with 60 recipient organizations, Moores Clothing for Men launched The Canadian Suit Drive six years ago and never looked back.

“Canada’s rate of unemployment is at 7 per cent,” said Moores regional manager, Roger Assouad.

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“That’s a lot of people trying to get back into the job market.”

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The campaign runs until July 31 and clothing items can be dropped-off at any Moores location in the province.