If you’re reading this, chances are you have already been searching for ways to get ahead of the game in the job market. I commend you, because you’re doing something that most people don’t prepare for, and they get themselves into something with no game plan. Whether you’re a teenager looking for your first real job, or you’re an adult looking for more of a career, I’m sure I can give some kind of tips for both sides of the spectrum.
It can be hard getting your first job . It’s exposure to a world you thought would never come. You might not even be able to drive yet, or maybe you just got your license and your parents want you to find a job to cover the extra insurance cost. I don’t know you’re situation, but I can give you a few good tips to getting a part time job .
1. Do your research. Chances are you’re not going to get a job in pharmaceutical engineering or web developer or even just assistant manager. This is your first job, and you’re just getting your feet wet. Plus you’re young and you still have a life (unlike the rest of us miserable adults) You still like hanging out on Friday and Saturday nights at the movies (or whatever) you just want a job where you can make maybe a couple hundred every couple weeks. Your first job title will probably look something like this.
Sales assistant, cashier, team member, bagger, fry cook, ticket receiver, sign holder. etc etc.
There’s nothing wrong with this, and in my personal opinion, you should enjoy it while you can!! Here’s what you do. Find a company you like. Maybe you’ve eaten there, shopped there, or seen a movie there before, and you know they are hiring. Maybe you saw a now hiring part time sign, or maybe your friend told you that their friend just quit and the company will probably be looking for his/her replacement soon. Either way go in and apply!!
The second step will be to fill out the application COMPLETELY!!!! and please please please with neat handwriting too!!! If you have chicken scratch for handwriting, get someone to write for you!! (I personally think girls have better handwriting than guys) Make sure you have phone numbers, addresses, and references (people who agreed to put in a word for you) they will probably be teachers, pastors, neighbors, etc. Someone with a little bit of credibility and not just your surfer friend Jon, who will say ridiculously stupid things that are nice about you.
2. Bring the application back in person! Give it to a manager!! And better yet, give it to the hiring/general manager. AKA the store owner. If he/she isn’t in right then, make sure you find out when they will be and return to introduce yourself to them! Let them know who you are and that you’re interested in the job . Don’t be pushy about it, but let the owner know you are interested and not some other Joe schmo who’s putting in a dozen applications half heartily. Hopefully then the owner will set an interview date or maybe if you’re lucky just interview you right there!! Which brings me to say…
3. The first time you meet the owner (and any managers for that reason) make sure you look nice!! Guys make sure you Shave, girls make sure you do you are dressed nice and at least dress somewhat moderately conservative!!! Brush your teeth! I know I’m probably starting to sound like your mom, but I promise I’m still a 22 year old guy from Fl. hahaa
4. After you get the job , make sure you stick with it please! Be on time for work, and work while you’re on the clock. Give your boss a thankful attitude for hiring you! Make sure you’re his best employee. You don’t need to kiss up and try to out do everyone else, just do your job . Keep it in your mind that you’re going to do the very best you can!! I know it’s only a stupid first job , but this kind of stuff ripples all through your life!
P.s. I know it’s going to be nerve wracking doing all of this, but try not to be nervous. It won’t count against you, but you have to understand that your interviewer wants to hire a good person, and you show who you are the best when you’re not nervous. Don’t give the guy mixed signals. Nervousness can even confuse the person. If he doesn’t know you’re nervous, he could suspect at some point that maybe you’re holding something back, or not telling a whole truth.
NOW FOR THE OLDER ADULT…I know, I’m sorry if none of the pertained to you whatsoever…Forgive me?
Thanks, and we’re back in business!
1. Get a resume written up! This can be done by you, or maybe a paid service, but make sure it’s nice, clean, organized, and accurately describes who you are in a nutshell. You can search other parts of the internet for example resume’s and what they might look like. Make sure you have a cover letter written up for the company you’re really hoping to get!!!
2. Use the internet! Post your resume on sites like Monster or Yahoo jobs , hot jobs , etc. Put it ANYWHERE!!! The idea here is that you want people to see it. The more places your resume is in, the better chance of you getting called in to an interview.
3. You may want to visit a job fair! Bring copies of your resume with you, and maybe, just maybe a copy of your degree? I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary, but it couldn’t hurt to show it on the spot to a prospective employer!! Of course for further verification they’d probably call up your school/university to be on the safe side.
Make sure you’re following up consistently with your prospective employers!!
4. NETWORK!! This is important. I’m sure you’ve heard the good old phrase, “It’s not who you are, it’s who you know!” This rings true a lot of the time. If you know just the right people, then you have great advantages over the next guy who has no contacts, no hook ups, no leads……..you get what I’m saying.
Make sure you’re meeting people all the time and keep up with them! Become genuine friends with a lot of people. The last thing people want to feel like is that they’ve been used for selfish reasons. I have had jobs where the only reason I got hired is because of maybe a friend. That’s not the reason we were friends, but it sure was a great bonus!
In conclusion all of this can be summed up by you just being yourself. Be your charming, attractive, normal self. positive about the whole process. I know first hand just how frustrating job hunting can be, and these days it’s harder than ever to land a decent job . You can’t give up hope though, eventually one day something will work good for you!!!