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The Lazarus Center offers a variety of resources to help you explore and clarify your career goals, build and make use of your professional network and market yourself effectively via resumes, letters and interviews.

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*** Fall 2021***
The Suit Yourself Program is suspended until further notice


The Suit Yourself Program

Smith students may borrow new Banana Republic jackets, skirts, and pants, sizes 2–24, in matching black fabric. There is also a collection of slacks, jackets, shirts and ties. This service is FREE for current Smith College students—you just pay for dry cleaning!

How to Borrow
  • Come to the Lazarus Center during daytime drop-in hours and a peer advisor will help you select what you need to look your professional best.
  • Give yourself enough time to try on suits, and to fill out a contract with a peer advisor—usually 15-20 minutes.
  • Bring your OneCard and, if you like, the shoes and accessories you'll be wearing.
  • Suit Yourself is open during the academic year only.
  • Don't wait until the last minute to borrow. We suggest you come in 2 days before your interview.
How to Return
  • All items must be professionally dry cleaned and returned within 7 days (with dry-cleaning receipt attached).
  • Items should be in the same condition in which you borrowed them, by the date listed on the contract, and during suit program hours.
  • Late returns will result in a $10 per day late fee. If items are not returned, borrowers may be charged a replacement fee up to $250.
Make Sure Your Attire Is Appropriate

A well-groomed professional appearance is essential. Anything else will detract from the best possible presentation you can make. A good way to determine suitable attire is to look at what people typically wear in the organization or industry for which you are interviewing.

Here are some examples of clothing options:

Business Formal

Skirt suit (preferably in a dark color and knee-length)
Pantsuit (preferably in a dark color)
Tailored dress
Ties and jewelry should be conservative
Dark/well-polished/closed-toed shoes
Small/medium-sized purse/bag with portfolio

Business Casual

Khakis, dress pants, skirts
Simple knee-length dress
Button-down long-sleeve shirt
Blouse or sweater set/cardigan
Have a blazer and/or tie handy
No jeans or casual sundresses
Closed or open-toed shoes (no flip-flops)


School for Social Work Workshops & General Services

Lazarus Center services are available to all School for Social Work students throughout the year, during summer session and after graduation. These include:

  • Individual advising appointments. Please call 413-585-2582 to set up an in-person, phone or Skype appointment to discuss any aspect of your job search.
  • Practice your interview skills during a one-hour appointment with a career adviser. You don't need to have an interview scheduled to take advantage of this service.
  • Job listings received by the center may be found in Handshake.
  • Networking is an important component of anyone's job search. Consult the center for access to the Office of Alumnae Relations online directory.
  • Our guides on resumes and cover letters, and networking, job search and interviewing for social workers are suggested background reading before an individual appointment. Lunch-time workshops are offered on these topics during the summer.


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