This very first thing you need to do in order to get a job is
to actually find a job that meets your
needs. You must be able to effectively commute or walk to this job,
it should provide a sense of accomplishment and achievement, and
of course it must provide enough income to justify your time. After
you've identified some jobs that you'd like to apply for then you
can start down the path of getting a job.
1. Research the nature of the position or job that you're
Make sure it encompasses something that you'd like to do, is something
that will make you want to come to work every day, and it doesn't
include tasks that you don't want to, or aren't willing to do. For
example, being a mechanic is probably not a good idea if you don't
like to get dirty. If you don't like dealing with numbers, then
being an accountant is not good. These are obvious examples, but
through research you can find out if the position you're interested
in has any down-sides or negatives that would eventually drive you
back to looking for another job. Money is a great incentive to work,
and sometimes the only reason you select a particular job, but when
possible try to find something that you enjoy and that will help
you grow in your business career. If you can, find someone that
already does the job you're interested in. They will be able to
tell you about the "ins and outs" of doing that job on a daily basis.
2. Research the company you're interested in working for.
Search the web, business periodicals, and any source you can find
to learn more about the company. This will help you decide if you
want to work for this company, and will also help you demonstrate
that you've "done your homework" when you get around to interviewing.
This is also another good time to talk to anyone you know that might
work for the company. Even if they don't do the job you're thinking
about, they will be able to tell you high-level information about
how the company treats its employees, and what the general working
conditions are. If you know someone that works for the company,
ask them things like:
- How does the company treats its employees?
- What kind of perks or benefits does this company offer?
- What kind of working environment does this company have?
- Does the company give regular salary raises?
3. Create, or update your resume.
Your resume should include a history of your work experience, your
education, a list of your skills, and a list of any certifications
or achievements you have that would pertain to the job you're applying
for. Some jobs, such as temporary summer work, or holiday jobs may
not require one, but be sure and add these jobs to your work history
on your resume.
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4. Create a cover letter for the job you're applying for.
A cover letter is a letter of introduction attached to, or accompanying
another document such as your resume or curriculum vitae. Any time
you send your resume via fax or paper copy, you should include a
cover letter specifically designed for the job you're applying for.
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5. Clean up your social media "footprint".
According to Snagajob "68% of hiring managers have reviewed an applicant's
social media profile and activity - such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Looking at an applicant's social media presence is so common these days that 44%
of companies have guidelines for screening job applicants through their social
media profiles." Companies aren't supposed to use details from your
personal life to determine whether you're qualified for the job, but it your
profiles somehow paint you in a negative light, it may be hard to change that
As we said in step 1, knowing the company will help you answer questions
in a way that shows you are truly interested in the position and
have done your homework. It shows the interviewer that you care
about the company and want to make a well-informed decision, and
it gives you the ability to ask informed questions of the interviewer.
For the interview, dress professionally and neatly, based on the
type job you are interviewing for. If it's a summer job at a restaurant,
a nice looking "business casual" outfit should be sufficient, but
if you're interviewing for an office position or "professional"
job, then be sure to wear a nice looking suit or dress, or "business-like"
You should also "practice" interviewing. Get someone to help
you, or just ask yourself questions in front of a mirror. Practicing
will help you become more comfortable with answering questions,
and you won't be as nervous during the actual interview. When
you interview, try to establish a rapport with, or "connect" with
the interviewer. Give them your fully undivided attention,
and if you can, try to establish some commonalities. Forming
a relationship, and making a good impression on the interviewer
will help your chances of being remembered when they are comparing
candidates after you're gone. Also, asking specific, clarifying
questions about what they've said to gather more data and show that
you're paying attention. Most importantly, "sell" yourself.
Help the interviewer to understand why you are the best candidate
for this position and why the company will benefit from choosing
you over the other candidates.