JOB HUNTING TIPS
Many people are coming to our prayer thread and asking us to pray that they get a specific job that they have applied for; not many say, please pray that I get a job ... any job. Meaning any job that will pay the bills for now so that they won't lose their homes and vehicles, etc.
Like GARY, I have been through 4 recessions and know how hard it can be to get a job during those times; the early 80's was one of the tuffest recessions ever in Canada. Hundreds of thousands of people lost their jobs and millions ended up unemployed; but many people started their own businesses when they couldn't get a job (some going in together with family & friends). Some were only part-time but ended up doing very well in the end.
One young man that I worked for started his own janitorial business doing offices mostly; and he ended up very successful. I have a cousin who got together with her SIL and they started their own cleaning business as well.
HERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT I LEARNED FROM THOSE TIMES ...
I pray at another site too for people looking for work and find that so many get their heart set on one dream job; but they forget that maybe 20 or 200 other people want that one great job too. They don't hear back and get so disappointed; and weeks & months go by and they still wait for that one job -- and most times, it is already filled.
I can't tell you how many times that I found out that jobs that were advertised in the paper, were already filled even before they published it ... why -- becuz the law says that they have to open the job to the public, but they know that they already have it filled; and no, they won't tell you that either.
It is an "employer's market" right now, so they can take their merry time hiring people. While your future depends on that job, it's business as usual for them. Most jobs are filled in 1-2 weeks; some take a bit longer (about a month); and a few are really, really fussy and will takes months or years to find that one special person ...
NOTE: if they don't pick you during or right after the interview, then likely you are not it.
#1 BEST TIP: Don't forget to NETWORK
-- that is, TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW AND MEET that you are looking for work ... as MOST
JOBS ARE FOUND THROUGH THIS METHOD!!!
Do you have any family members that own a business; call them up. Do your parents have any friends that own a business -- ask them to call them up on your behalf. Ask all your siblings if there are any jobs coming up in their place of employment. Tell everyone in your CHURCH and put a notice up in their bulletin board that you are looking for a job.
Put a notice on bulletin boards at your grocery store or local laundrymat with your name & phone number on tags for them to pull off. Do you belong to any clubs; tell everyone there too. Even put an ad in the paper -- that you are looking for work and what kind. Ask everyone at the local coffee shop or variety store if they know of any openings; go once a week to have a coffee and spread the news.
#2 TIP ~ the second most reliable place to find job openings is at a government-run employment agency -- why, becuz they are really available!!!
#3 TIP ~ Of course, don't forget the internet -- there are lots of jobs advertised for towns & cities & colleges & universities & hospitals & large corporations, etc.
#4 TIP ~ Look for HELP WANTED signs in windows; go for a walk through the downtown core to check this out.
And BE PATIENT ... you won't always get the first job you apply for; or maybe even the 10th. In really bad times, you may have to apply for over 500 jobs (I know I did).
BE FLEXIBLE ~ as my DH says, APPLY FOR AS MANY JOBS AS YOU CAN, and in as many different places; and many different types of positions as well. Try some jobs you are qualified for; some that you are not; and even some that you really don't want, but that could lead to the one you want ...
BE REGULAR ... this means to apply weekly; an employment agent once told me that most jobs come in on Mondays & Fridays -- so go those days to see what's available; and go other places in between.
BE CONSISTENT ... MAKE IT YOUR JOB TO FIND A JOB! If you really want to find a job, then you have to willing to put some time and effort into it. Applying for one job and sitting at home waiting for 8 months for them to call, isn't enough.
TIMING ... apply for jobs in the AM; and ask them to call you in the PM, so you aren't sitting around waiting for nothing; and they know when they can reach you for sure.
ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS ... find out exactly when they are calling people for interviews & holding those interviews; how many people applied for the job; and when they will be making a final decision.
CALL BACKS ... be sure to call back if you don't hear from them when they said they would contact you. Don't be afraid to ask why you were not considered for an interview or the job; and if someone else doesn't show, would they call you instead. I got some jobs, simply becuz I was the only one who called them back (which showed them how much I really wanted the job)!
THE RESUME ~ remember to hone your resume & what you share about yourself towards the job you are applying for ... if you are an experienced legal secretary, they won't want to hire you as a junior receptionist or Girl Friday as they know that you won't stay in that job for long (so, less is more). Plus if you are too fussy, then they won't hire you either; they want someone who is flexible and willing to do many different things.
IMPORTANT ~ your resume should be neat (hand-printing or writing or typed) and without spelling mistakes; hire someone to make one for you if you must (and get several copies made). Same goes for applications: ask to take it home and get someone to help you fill it out completely (leave no blanks); then take it back the next day. Most employers throw messy applications in the garbage.
FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS ~ sometimes you are given special instructions with your application of a position: there is always a reason for this; ie include a full-length picture with application. By not following their instructions, you indicate something about your character -- will you follow instructions on the job?
THE INTERVIEW ~ dress UP for the interview; unless you are a laborer, blue jeans are out. Be neat & clean; shaven; no smoking; no gum; and need I say, no swearing. Smile and be polite & friendly (but not too friendly). Let them know why they want to hire you; what you can do for the position & company. Most first impressions decide if you are hired, so look your best!
HONESTY ~ it is sad that some people do lie on their resumes and during interviews, but they are often found out and let go within a few months. Focus on what skills & talents & education & experience that you have that relate to the position instead of resorting to lying and you'll keep the job. More employers check out resumes and backgrounds today than ever before.
GOOD REFERENCES ~ try to find 2-3 nice people (ie ministers) or past employers who can give you a very good reference; call them or ask them if they will do this ahead of time. Some employers will give you a letter that you can have copied and hand out with your resumes; which saves them time and bother (this is my favorite method).
ATTENTION GRABBERS ~ you have to find a way to really stand out so that prospective employers notice you over all the rest. I was gonna suggest to one person here that they take a bunch of roses and hand them out to the office staff when they go -- it may seem odd, but they will remember you! I know one guy that takes a box of fresh Tim Horton's donuts every where he goes. They sure remember him ...