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Career Closet

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A New Job Needs a New Look!
Our Career Closet Opens its Doors to You!

career closetAfter many months of preparation, Sharon K. is ready to step out into the work world. She's written her resume. She's learned new computer skills. And she's started her job search. All she needs is a polished, professional look... one that will boost her confidence and help her land the job.

Now, women like Sharon can make an appointment with a personal dresser at Career Closet of NCJW/Essex and walk out with free clothing and accessories appropriate for the workplace. Many clients do not have what they need to present themselves in a professional manner to prospective employers. It's our way of ensuring that a woman will not have to choose between feeding her family and purchasing suitable clothing.

Career Closet of NCJW/Essex, located in Livingston, N.J., provides desperately needed interview and career-appropriate clothing to women who find themselves returning to the workforce or starting work for the first time. Clients are referred from the NCJW/Essex Center for Women and other social service agencies in the Essex County area that are dedicated to helping women and their families. Career Closet clients are assisted by a personal dresser who helps select clothing suitable for that all-important job interview, and outfits to start her new job with confidence. The client will receive a week’s worth of coordinating clothing. The Career Closet is run by trained volunteers on an appointment-only basis. Contact your case worker or the NCJW/Essex Center for Women (973-994-4994) to see if you are eligible for this service.

You must be referred by a social service agency or a Center for Women Case Manager.

Appointments must be scheduled in advance by calling 973-994-4994.

If you are a social service agency and would like more information on becoming a referral agency to the Career Closet email: centerforwomen@ncjwessex.org.

"Dear Carol,

I have an interview for the Sales position this Wednesday at 11 A.M. I'm so excited!!!!

I wanted to personally thank Gail and Carol, the volunteers who met me at the Career Closet this A.M. How could I put into words two angels who helped me coordinate a professional wardrobe and just were so totally present and there for me in every way? God bless these two awesome ladies who have graced my life with their love.

To each and every one of the other walking angels at the Center for Women, thank you from the bottom of my heart...

   With Much Love, M

Directions to Career Closet:

Career Closet of NCJW/Essex
349 East Northfield Road, Suite LL-1
Livingston, N.J. 07039
Career Closet is in an office building in Livingston, on the west-bound side of East Northfield Road, on the corner of East Cedar Street. The driveway is off of East Cedar Street just past an Exxon station.

By car:

Drive to East Northfield Road. (Please note that Northfield Avenue in West Orange turns into East Northfield Road in Livingston.)

  • If you are coming from the east (such as West Orange, Orange, or Newark) turn right onto East Cedar Street (by the Exxon station), then make a quick right into the driveway behind the gas station.*
  • If you are coming from the west (such as East Hanover, Caldwell, or Parsippany), turn left onto East Cedar Street (by the Exxon station), then make a quick right into the driveway behind the gas station.*

*The driveway leads to the parking lot behind our building. You can enter the building from the parking lot. Enter the building, go to the Lower Level, turn right off the elevator, and go to the end of the hall to Ste LL-1.

By bus: N.J. Transit # 73.

  • If you are coming from the east (such as West Orange, Orange, or Newark), get off the bus at the corner of Northfield and East Cedar Street, in front of the Exxon Station. The building is on the right as you face the gas station.
  • If you are coming from the west (such as East Hanover, Caldwell, or Parsippany), get off the bus in front of Temple B’nai Abraham, on the corner of Northfield and East Cedar Street. Cross the street (at the light) toward the Exxon station. The building is on the right as you face the gas station.

Enter the building, go to the Lower Level, turn right off the elevator, and go to the end of the hall to Ste LL-1.

If you cannot make it to your appointment, please contact the NCJW/Essex Center for Women at 973.994.4994 for rescheduling or canceling.