Dos and Don'ts for the Job Seeker

a year ago
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How many of you have heard that charming song, "Get a Job" by the Silhouettes?
By far one my favorite songs. However, you never know how relevant that song is, until you are looking for a job!
And everyone knows that looking for a job is a Job! When you're unemployed, if you could get paid to look for a job, then you'd at least be in business until you have the job. In a short period of time, I have learned a great deal in the job hunt. And while the overall jist is the same, there are some things that has changed. And based upon my experience, I wanted to share a few of those things with you.
1). Spruce up your resume
We all know the importance of having the right resume to book the gig. Just like with models on Go-Sees, they need that portfolio to show to a fashion house or designer why they should get the job. And that portfolio is their ticket to booking work. Well, it goes without saying that resumes do the same thing. But, when was the last time that you really looked at your resume? I mean, Really looked at it? Can you, no doubt in your mind say, that looking at your current resume you'd hire you? If there's nothing wrong with it, then keep it the way it is. But, sometimes, the format can be the variable to change that takes from unemployed to the workforce. What I like to do, is google formats of resumes. Select the one that looks professional, but doesn't look like I tried to hard. Then, I will just use that template as inspiration for my resume. Look at your aspirations. Sometimes, they've changed over the years and sometimes they've remained. But, either way be enthusiastic about them. Employers respond to ambitious people now, more so than ever. Because there are greater demands on employees than before!
2). Pound the Pavement
People have very busy lives and they all need to get things done in an efficient manner. So, job hunting can be a very exhausting task when you've got children and they have active weeks. But, regardless of your home situation, if you can carve a day in which you can go job hunting, do it! What I like to do, is have a fresh bunch of resumes in hand and walk. You can park one place and make it to several. And the best thing about this?! Not only to visit many people, you are not burning gas driving! Being unemployed takes enough money out of your pocket. You don't need to add insult to injury.
3). Don't rely heavily on staffing agencies
Years ago, one of my cousins and I would go job hunting together. And she told me that her Dad told her not to go to staffing agencies. I never could figure out why, until now. Recently, I decided to try and use a couple of agencies. Just dropping off my resumes. Figuring that maybe if I had them working one angle while I worked others, I would have a job sooner rather that later. Well, here's the crazy thing that I've discovered. By the grace of God, I've been able to get into interviews with my own work and the agencies haven't gotten me on one yet! And the jobs that they've got available, are not the ones that I've been interviewing for. I am a Pharmacy Tech. Most of the agencies don't even carry jobs for health careers. But, I would be happy to work with administrative, etc. Well, I called the agency and told the lady that I would take the job. She told me, I am going to be interviewing the other candidate and I will call you back tomorrow. I'd gotten some knots in my stomach when she said that, but I decided to remain hopeful. Well, she called me back today telling me that she gave the job to the other candidate. So, I have decided to go back to the way that I've been doing it and work it out.
4). Dressing appropriately and Dressing like you are CEO
Now, this was one that I had to learn through trial and error. I would always wear pantsuits when I was job hunting. And apparently, I looked like the people that ran the office, not a person who needed a job. So, when they say dress professionally, obviously it means dress trousers, a nice blouse and preferably flat shoes. However, you can also add a little something to let them know that you mean business and you're interested in management. Depending upon where you are applying for work, the rules are different. However, if it is an office setting, then you will want carry a nice tote bag. Something that resembles a briefcase without taking it there. Having your resumes in a nice tidy portfolio folder would help out and having everything in your tote organized will make you look professional and organized. The very things that you will need to placed in management.
5). Be attentive and ask questions
One of the best things that you can do to show an employer that you are interested is to ask questions
and to give them your undivided attention. When you are really listening to what they are saying, making eye contact and not stumbling over your words, then it shows that you are confident. But, please don't come across as rehearsed. You don't want to make it seem as though you've practiced in the mirror. Ask questions and make sure that they give you answers. While you are trying to show them that you'd be an asset to their company, you also want them to prove to you why giving up your time to work for them will be worth it. Because, you are making a sacrifice of your time. You can always make more money, but you can't buy back time wasted.
6). Believe in Yourself
The job hunt can be extremely frustrating. It can be mentally draining, exhausting and frustrating. Hearing," We're not Hiring at this time" or "We're fully Staffed". Or the new favorite they love to say, "I don't know if we're hiring right now! You're going to have to go online and see. Here's our website." I know that I have been irritated when I've been out in the weather and my feet are tired and I get turned around at the door, with the "Go to website" thing. But, these are the moments when Faith and your belief in yourself comes into play! You've got to keep pushing. When one door closes, another one will open. And sometimes, it might be a window. But hey, it's a foot in there. Continue searching and knocking on doors. There may be some closed doors. But, don't be afraid to check on these places. When you have time, go back to the places that you've visited and keeping bugging them until they hear you out. Sometimes, people have 'picked people' that they're going to give the job to. You need keep showing up. Trust me, enough of you showing up will be embedded in their minds and they might not turn you away.
So, keep on keeping on! One thing is for sure, you won't be unemployed for long. Keep your head up and Get that Job!!!

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