As a salesman, looking sharp is part of the job description.
Preston-based Hellewell Menswear offered a new suit to a deserving jobseeker through the Lancashire Evening Post in April, in an attempt to play a small part in bringing down the city’s unemployment rate by ensuring they looked smart in job interviews.
Tailor Clarke Steele chose Mark Scott, 25, after hearing how he had sent out more than 1,000 CVs after being made redundant in November last year.
Now Mark has revealed things are looking up after he has landed a new job at a Chorley electrical firm.
Mark, of Ribbleton, Preston, took up the sales position with Hispec a few weeks ago.
Although he was not wearing his new two-piece suit at the time, as he was interviewed just before he received it, he said Hellewells’ kind gesture was a confidence boost while he was unemployed.
Mark, who previous worked as a heating supplies salesman, said: “I really want to thank Clarke and Hellewells.
“I might not have been wearing the suit but it boosted my confidence.”
Mark has visited Hellewells, which has traded from Lune Street in the city centre for the last 106 years, to say thanks to the firm for their help.
Mr Steele said he had been contacted by a number of jobseekers following the original offer in the Evening Post but thought Mark was a worthy winner.
The gentleman’s tailor said: “He was very grateful, not just to ourselves but to the Evening Post for featuring him.
“It’s just nice that he got the conclusion he wanted, with his new job.”