Remember the book “Chicken Soup for the Soul?” We always loved reading the quips and stories of soul-nourishing reminders of how lucky we are. Volunteering has always been a big part of our lives and is the equivalent to the Gillman Group’s “chicken soup.” As such, we decided to devote one day a week to volunteering for a cause close to our hearts.
We started working with the local chapter for Dress for Success, a worldwide organization devoted to helping women empower themselves, find employment, and succeed in their own journeys. “Success” is a term with many definitions and meanings but for the women of DFS, success is financial independence but also emotional freedom with the confidence to take on the world without fear or shame.
There are multiple parts to the DFS process. We start with ‘dressing the part’ and put together professional ensembles- complete with accessories- tailored to each client’s likes, dislikes, and geared toward the jobs they are applying for. I’ve been told again and again “I feel like Cinderella” or royalty of some sort. The transformation is heart-warming and you see that feeling good in how we present ourselves brings a new-found glow (both inner and outer). Our favorite days are suiting clients who got the job and receive a new wardrobe to start their career.
The second part of the journey is going through resume building and interview skills- which let’s face it, is hard for most people! We go through mock interviews, different scenarios, common questions, and talk about the importance of eye contact and body language. This is an integral piece in getting a job and thus many women come back for additional training.
It’s so easy to get caught up in our own worlds and gaining perspective has been a powerful tool in the Gillman Group’s individual journeys. We are so blessed to be a mother and daughter real estate team doing what we love and being able to take the time every week to share a big bowl of “chicken soup” together.