Looking for a Job?

Looking for a Job?
October 13, 2009 Kim Goldman

Looking for a job? Not sure where to start.  Here are 10 steps to get you started. Good Luck.

10 steps start to finish

1. Ask for an application

When you go to a business to ask for an employment application, dress as if you were going to an interview. Be courteous (say please and thank you.)

If you speak to the manager, introduce yourself – make eye contact and give a firm handshake.

2. Fill out the application

This is your first impression – make it count. Your application should be easy to read and free of grammar and spelling mistakes. Ask someone else to review your application before turning it in.

3. Turn in the application

Dress nicely when you go to turn in your application. Ask for the store manager. If he or she is not available, ask whom you should leave the application with. Make sure you write down the name of the person you left the application with.

4. Make follow-up calls

A few days after turning in your application, call the business and ask to speak to the manager. When you speak to the manager, say: “Hi, my name is _______________. I turned in an application on ____________. I am very interested in the position and would like to have an opportunity to meet with you at your convenience.” Be prepared to tell the manager when you are available to meet. Chances are, the manager will say that he/she will get back to you. At that point, say, “Thank you for your time. I look forward to meeting with you.”

*If you don’t receive a call in a week’s time, call back. (* Often, employers feel bothered if you call too often. Do not call every day – once a week is fine.)

5. If you are granted an interview:

Make sure you know exactly where and when the interview is being held. Ask the manager if there is anything else you need to bring with you.Thank the manager for the opportunity and tell him/her that you look forward to meeting. Look to the Form entitled “Successful Interviewing.” Remember, your goal is to get a second interview.

6. Follow up

A few days after the interview, send a “Thank You” letter to the person who gave the interview. This goes a long way and makes a lasting impression! Look in your packet for a sample “Thank You” letter.

7. Second interview

If you impressed the interviewer, you will likely be called in for a second interview. The reason for giving a second interview is for the interviewer to get a better feel of your personality and whether or not you will meet the company’s expectations.

Review the “Questions to Ask” form. It is acceptable to write your questions on a notepad and refer to them during the interview.

8. Job Offer

Hopefully, you will receive a call from a company representative offering you a job. Make sure you know the exact start time and date.

9. Work Permit

In order to be employed legally, all individuals under the age of 18 are required to obtain a work permit. To do so, contact your high school or the school district office. For more information, click here.

10. Denial

You may receive a call or letter saying that you did not get the job. You may be upset, but it is unprofessional to let your negative emotions come through. Instead, tell the person that you are glad that you had the opportunity to interview for the position.

11. Learn From Your Experience

Whether you get the job or not, it is important to learn from your job seeking experience.

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