Happy Thanksgiving from MSP!

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Memphis Suit Project has much to be thankful for this year! We are incredibly thankful to all of our participants and the tremendous job they are doing to better their lives and their communites! We could not be more thankful to all of our donors that help make MSP make such a large impact in the Memphis and surrounding areas! Thank YOU! Everyone have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!

Reflection Video: Antaun Andrews

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Watch Antaun as he explains how receiving his new suit will better himself in his future career and impact younger men in his community. Antaun is an athelte from University of Memphis and is working hard at his academic goals. Antuan is a contagious personality that we all enjoyed getting to know. Thank you to the @Apple Store Saddle Creek for partenering with MSP to provide great presentaion skills training to each of our students.

SUIT 'EM UP Tigers student-athletes earn suits by attending professional development seminars

by Lamar Chance via University of Memphis Athletes

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Check out this article from University of Memphis telling of how the partnership between Memphis Suit Project and PAWS program worked beautifully for the athletes and their future careers. Our recipient Matthew Kamph was featured along with our own Meghan Heimke. Here's a little peek..."Having the suit is really a great incentive," Kamph said. "I was someone who did not have a suit before this project. By using this as a stepping stone to get a suit, I've been able to get into select classes and a lot of interviews. A lot of doors have opened up."

Donor Mike Conley puts his money where his mouth is.

We are thrilled to see that Memphis Grizzlies point guard (and hometown favorite) Mike Conley was recently named one of 2018 “Top 40 Under 40” by Memphis Business Journal.

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In Mike’s Top 40 Under 40 feature in the latest MBJ issue, he cites that the one thing he would change about Memphis is “lowering the employment rates throughout the city.” We can speak first-hand to his commitment to make this change a reality. Mike has been a supporter of Memphis Suit Project for two years; in 2017 by the sponsorship of Mayor Jim Strickland’s Manhood University participants, and in 2018 by sponsoring both the Memphis Athletic Ministries cycle and the CodeSchool cycle, which will culminate at their Suiting Event this Wednesday at 10 am.

Without the support of Memphians like Mike Conley, who not only see the challenges unemployment creates, but also act to support solutions to those challenges, our City will continue to face an unemployment crisis. Memphis Suit Project is a solution that is making a significant impact on job-seekers securing and maintaining employment.

Mike Conley is an example to the students we serve. He uses his platform and resources to do more than lip service….he makes a difference. And we are all better for it.

Continued thanks to Mike and Tim Jordan, who both selflessly give for the betterment of others.

Reflection Video: Cheryta Rockett

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Watch Cheryta as she explains how she is wanting to make an impact on younger girls' lives. Cheryta recently completed our Presentation Skills training at the @Apple Store Saddle Creek. We enjoyed getting to know Cheryta and the whole MAM group. A big thanks to @Mike Conley for impacting these students lives in a unique way.

Tent company stakes hiring pipeline to high school program

by Michelle Corbet via Memphis Business Journal

IMAGE COURTESY OF COURTESY MAHAFFEY TENT & EVENT RENTALS

IMAGE COURTESY OF COURTESY MAHAFFEY TENT & EVENT RENTALS

In this article, one of our recipient organizations, Project S.T.A.N.D., is highlighted for its partnership and employment opportuinities with Mahaffey, a Memphis-based tent and event rentals company. The students were trained and worked through the month of May, delivering tents, tables and chairs in the local market. Seven of the seniors have since expressed interest in working for the company long-term.

Thousands turn out for Chick-fil-A’s Labor Day 5K

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Your Labor Day may consist of pool lounging, burgers and shopping, but did it include a workout? Nearly 2,000 people got a run in first thing on Labor Day morning at the 16th annual Chick-fil-A 5K. Chick-fil-A Mid South is dedicated to giving back to their community in many ways. We love our partnership with them and enjoy seeing the other ways they give back to Memphis!

9 Things You Shouldn't Wear to a Job Interview

by Alison Doyle via The Balance Careers

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A big part of getting a job is making a good first impression, and a big part of making a good first impression is how you dress for the interview. While you don't have to spend a lot of money on your wardrobe, putting in a little extra effort will pay off in the long run.

Reflection Video: Makennon Doran

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Watch Makennon as he explains how he is prepared to enter the workforce by entering the military after graduation, then serve in federal law enforcment. Makennon is a past recipient from University of Memphis PAWS program. Let's all cheer on Makennon as he graduates and starts a great career!

The Four “What Not To Do’s” When Seeking a Job on LinkedIn

by Joe Mullings via LinkedIn

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There are lots of great “What To Do” pieces that are written about securing your next job. However, a “What Not To Do” is clearly needed in the world of job searching.

High School Seniors and Juniors: Jumpstart your career path to law enforcement with The Blue Path!

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The Memphis Police Department is looking for high school juniors and seniors with an interest in police work to join the Blue Path program! This program gives high school students the opportunity to earn an Associate's Degree from college and become a police officer for the Memphis Police Department.

Reflection Video: Landarius Griffin

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Watch Landarius Griffin as he explains how he is preparing himself for a career and as a role model. Yarterius is a past recipient from Holly Springs High School. Landarius has a quote at the end of his video that you don't want to miss!

How to sound like a confident professional

by Kyra Kudick via Memphis Business Journal

Image Courtesy of GETTY IMAGES (PEOPLEIMAGES)

Image Courtesy of GETTY IMAGES (PEOPLEIMAGES)

You might look the part, and your message might be exactly on point, but if you don’t sound like a confident professional, your message will be misunderstood or ignored.

Already Exceeding Expectations: Explore Bike Share on a Roll

by Toni Lepeska via Memphis Daily News

Image Courtesy of Memphis News/Houston Cofield

Image Courtesy of Memphis News/Houston Cofield

Explore Bike Share, a nonprofit organization, recently released its first month of statistics since rolling out the 60-station, 600-bicycle transportation system. Nearly 3,000 residents and visitors had taken 6,423 rides. The estimated carbon offset, or reduction in carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions, totaled 26,078 pounds.Officials said the system exceeded expectations the first month. They hope Memphis is on a pathway to improve health and community connectivity through affordable transportation.

The GQ Guide to Suits

by The GQ Editors via GQ

Image Courtesy of Thomas Whiteside

Image Courtesy of Thomas Whiteside

Every man should own a great suit. Zero exceptions. And while a great suit will make you feel (and look) sharp, world-wise, and sophisticated, a bad one will make you look like a hack or some man-child who still gets dressed by his mommy. So it helps to know a thing or two about buying, wearing, and caring for the one you choose.

Reflection Video: Yarterius Griffin

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Watch Yatterius Griffin as he explains how receiving a new suit will help him in his professional career! Yarterius is a past recipient from the Hooks African American Male Initiative (HAAMI). Can’t wait to see this young man achieve his career dreams!

'Turn the interview process on its head': A Facebook director shares 3 questions to ask in every job interview

by Abby Jackson and Arielle Berger via Business Insider 

Image courtesy of Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design/flickr

Image courtesy of Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design/flickr

Job interviews can often feel like interrogations, with hiring managers drilling applicants on their work experience and best professional qualities. But successful candidates typically know that the best interviews are conversations rather than a one-sided questioning. Jeff Reynar, director of engineering and New York site lead at Facebook, visited Business Insider and provided some advice on how to take the reins from the interviewer.