The time has come for you to get a job. You may be a teen, or you may be a female who has been a stay at home mom up until now. Whatever the case, you have made the decision to find full or part time employment. This is a new process to you and it may be very overwhelming. You have made the first step, and that is coming to Gulpfish for some guidance. You want to find a centralized place for jobs that can give you the help and tips that you will need to be successful in this endeavor.
If you have read our past blogs, you will see that making connections and networking is extremely important when looking for a job. Be sure to keep in touch with those that you meet. They may be the person that can help you get a position that you are looking for. In today’s world, it is about whom you know and who you will meet. This includes contacts that you make online, which brings us to our next piece of advice.
Set up a LinkedIn account. Even though you do not have any experience. You want to set this account up and put as much about yourself as you can. List your interests, life experience and any skills that you may have acquired through life. Then you want to start a network. Search for people who are in the industries that you are interested in joining and invite them to link up to you. Someone may be looking for a person with your personality for a position that they are willing to train. Social media is a very strong tool and you want to use it to the best of your ability.
When creating your resume, use Standard English. Abbreviations and shorthand are great…when texting. Capitalization, complete sentences, and whole words stand out above the rest. “What do U want 2 do,” may make you look like you are cool like Prince, but isn’t going to get you a job. “I like your company (product, etc) and think working for you would be rewarding,” may be simple, but much more likely to be noticed. Likewise, if you have a cute voicemail message, change it to something simple while you’re job hunting. While your message might make them laugh, unless they know who they are leaving a message for, they may not leave you one. Likewise, you message might make them reconsider any offer they were going to make. Also, this is a great time to get a professional email address. Huggybear123@aol.com may be cute, but cute is not going to get companies to take you seriously. Please take a look at our other blog post on the Email Wall of Shame for more advice.
You also want to get your references together. To get a list of references, contact at least three people outside of your family who can attest to your leadership skills and work ethic, explain that you’re applying for your first job and ask if you can use them as a reference. Once you’ve received permission, type up a list of names, addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses and how they know you.
Finally, when you do get called for an interview. Do your research about the company. Learn all that you can about the company and what they do and who they serve. You want to be prepared for any questions that they may ask. It is also a good idea to practice the interview. Grab a friend or family member and have them run through a mock interview with you.
Once last piece of advice; be sure to follow up interviews with thank you letters/emails. Some may argue against this by saying that it is no longer necessary. The truth is however, there are some out there that still go by this rule and it could be a make or break factor. Why risk it?