In this economy finding a job is one of the toughest things to do, especially for those just entering the job market. You can send out resumés and applications to everyone and their mother everyday for a month and only hear back from a handful of employers (if you’re lucky). In my experience, when a job posting reads “Entry Level” it’s never really entry level; they at least want some volunteer or customer service background to validate hiring you. I have several tips which may (or may not) help you find and acquire that amazing minimum wage postion you’ve been dreaming of.
Let’s start with the basics:
1. Various sites such as Indeed, CareerBuilder, and Monster are viable tools to aid in your search. I’ve had 15 jobs since first entering the workforce in 2008. Don’t believe me? In no specific order: Sonic, Zarco 66, Jimmy John’s, Crowd Systems, Valley View Bank, Jimmy John’s (again), Macy’s, Random Call Center, Green Mobile, Mochi-Yo, Five Guys, OfficeMax (CopyMax), PacSun Warehouse, Crocs, and
Goodwill A local non-profit organization. Why so many? Let’s just say I have commitment issues. It’s a tangled web of betrayal, greed, and boredom. Usually I pick up the skills and then try to find a better job at which to use them. (Every single one of my jobs I have acquired by simply answering a Craigslist ad.)
2. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and accept a job that you might hate! Ultimately it will add to your skill set and make getting that second and third job even easier. You might even meet some cool people along the way.
3. If called for an interview always ask what sort of attire is expected. You don’t want to show up and feel uncomfortable because you’re over or under dressed.
4. Always bring a copy of your resumé with you to the interview.(I always keep mine in a folder so it doesn’t get wrinkled in the process.) It’s been my experience that you probably aren’t the first person to be interviewed and half the time the interviewer can’t find your resumé in the giant stack of other applicants. Not only does this show that you come prepared, but also that you like making other people’s jobs easier.
5. Don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer questions! I usually keep a list on the notes app in my phone so I won’t forget. Important questions to ask could include topics such as benefit packages, vacation time, what a typical day is like for the position you’re applying, ect.
6. TURN YOUR PHONE ON SILENT! By silent I mean, church mouse quiet. Don’t even have the vibration on. There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of an awesome interview and having your phone start playing that funny, yet embarrassing ringtone you have for your best friend.
7. And finally, just be yourself. Cheesy I know, but seriously do it. Interviewers are like spiders. They are just as afraid of you as you are of them. They probably don’t want to hire a robot of a person and if they do then you wouldn’t have been happy there anyway! Unless you are a robot in which case, I apologize.