I have a real job! I had one for two weeks now! It’s time for me to share some job finding tips with you! You need to have skills. Not that many, but still. You gotta have them skillz!!
Step One: get skilled in the skilling area of skills.
You need to realize what people are looking for in the workforce and then learn how to write it down on your application paper. That was wordy. Learn how to be precise with your words. When you get the interview: you score major points. But that’s not the end! You need to learn how to respond to the interviewer’s questions. Tell them what they want to hear, but at the same time: DO NOT LIE. It will end badly if you do.
What they want to hear:
- You work well with other people.
- Are charismatic.
- Can do basic arithmetic.
- A fast learner and wants to learn.
When you talk about your skills, use examples. Lots of examples.
Of course they might also want some documents from college or years of experience, but I’m sure you can find a nice starter job if you do the five things on my bullet list.
Step Two: be persistent.
Ask your employer about your application if they haven’t interviewed you yet and about how your interview went if you went on one. Don’t ask if they tell you not to. Also, they like it when you ask questions about the job and when you know at least a little about the company.
When you meet the boss:
- Shake their hand. (I’ll write a post about this; there’s a science to it.)
- Tell them you really want to work for them and why.
- When they talk: listen to what they are saying.
- Ask questions about what kind of person they are looking for.
- Be yourself and relax; they can’t hire you if you weren’t you.
I like to write down the names of people I meet into my iPod; I remember faces and names separately. If I see a name and I know it’s one of the bosses, I remember the face.
Do the same for other people in the company; if they like you enough, they’ll put in a good word for you.
Step Three: have an awesome attitude.
That’s about it…
I was lucky when I found my first job. I went by the bar I tried to apply to last year…and then I walked backwards; I thought I might as well try again. And boom: I got hired on the spot. All I did was talk and write down when I’m available! Oh yeah, here’s another step:
Step Four: be available.
This may sound silly to some people. But, I’m a busy person. It used to be hard for me to be available because of how much I want to do at once. I feel like I do more because of my job; when time is scares I tend to use it more wisely.