Looking for a Job?
Looking for a job is a full-time effort. It takes
getting yourself organized, spending a lot of time and energy, keeping
a positive outlook and making decisions.
Finding the right job takes planning and preparation. Whether
you are a first-time job seeker, already employed or re-entering
the job market. There are basic steps you can take to prepare for
a successful job search.
When you apply for work, you need to have facts about your schooling,
work and skills. You will collect more dates and numbers than you
can remember easily, so it is helpful to write them all down in
one place. A neat application and resume increase your chances
Keep in mind that one opportunity to demonstrate your skills comes
during the application process.
Make a Job Kit:
Collect a folder full of things you may need to obtain a job. Now you have a job kit!
The Job Interview:
- Birth Certificate
- Social Security Card
- Personal Data Sheet
- Names of References with Addresses
- Work Permit (if applicable)
- Drivers License
- Letter of Introduction
A job interview is a face-to-face meeting with your prospective employer. Normally,
only a small percentage of applicants for any job get interviews. Knowing you are among
the few selected should increase your confidence and enthusiasm. Your objective now is to
convey your confidence and enthusiasm during the interview.
For the Interview:
- Arrive at least five minutes early.
- Go alone.
- Prepare yourself mentally (you will be nervous, but thats
- Look your best (a clean, well-groomed person leaves a positive
- Shake hands firmly.
- Act naturally (do not smoke or chew gum).
- Show enthusiasm, ask questions.
- Let the employer control the interview.
- Make your answers clear, concise and honest.
- Give a good reason for hiring you.
- Dont discuss your personal, domestic, or financial problems
or criticize former employers.
- Thank your interviewer before leaving.
- Within 24 hours, send your interviewer a handwritten thank you
Practice answering questions that you may be asked. One way to prepare for
an interview is to answer these questions during a practice session
with a career counselor, friend, relative or job training representative.
Commonly Asked Questions During an Interview:
Tips When You Visit a Personnel Office:
- Tell me about yourself.
- Why are you applying for this job?
- What do your know about this job?
- How would you describe yourself?
- What are your major strengths?
- What is your greatest weakness?
- What type of work do you like to do best?
- What are your interests outside of work?
- What accomplishment has given you the greatest satisfaction?
- What was your worst mistake?
- Why did you leave your last job?
- How does your education or experience relate to this job?
- Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
- What are your goals in life?
- Go alone.
- Strive for a good appearance: clean fingernails, well-groomed
hair, a friendly smile and polite attitude.
- Dress for success. Dress as you would if you were already on
the job. Bring the things you will need: a pen, your drivers
license or other identification, and appropriate samples of your
- When you arrive at the personnel office, introduce yourself
and tell the receptionist the job for which you want to apply.