How to look for and win a job

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So you are wondering what new can be said about jobs, job searching, and the rest of it. The first thing I would like you to think about is how many different web sites you have to go to in order to find everything you need to know. You can also go the library, but you will probably find the same story. Here, we hope to tell you what you need to know – all in one place.

We will start out with the obvious – how to look for a job. It dies not matter whether you have a college degree or not, looking for a job is basically the same process.

Step one is to find out what your marketable skills are. Marketable is important here since your ability to repair retro 8-track players does not have much of a demand. So conduct an inventory and find out what you have that other people need. It might be mechanical skills or organizational skills, or teaching skills. Your skill set is what is marketable, coupled with a verifiable amount of experience.

The next step is to find out who is hiring and where. You can start with local employment agencies where you will fill out an application and probably some other paperwork. Some say you should start searching on the Internet, but that is true if you already have some experience with searching for a job. Stopping by a local employment agency will give you the chance to learn the basics and ask all the questions you want without feeling you should know more about the process.

The search process can then move to the Internet. That is where you can get your feet wet in the privacy of your own home and learn as you go. The fastest way to start is to take your favorite search engine and enter in a two part phrase – the type of job you are looking for and the city and state where you are looking. For example, “mail clerk, Los Angeles CA.” You can start clicking and reading the various job openings and descriptions in your area.

Once you find several jobs that are in your area, that you basically qualify for, and you are interested in, create a plan. You probably will not want to apply to all the jobs in the same day. One reason is that most companies do not allow you to just walk in and apply – an appointment is required. The second reason is that you will find out that finding work may be more tiring than the job itself. This is especially true if you are not having much success at getting hired immediately. One final note on planning is to make sure you know exactly where the company is located. Getting lost can be avoided simply by making a phone call to the company to verify their location. Ask for directions if you need to.

We will end this first section on interviewing for a job. The truth is, an entire book can be written on job interviewing, but as we said earlier, we will cover the basics.

The first basic is dress. Dress professionally but appropriately. If you wear a suit to apply at McDonalds, they may think you will leave for a higher paying job without warning. If you wear flip-flops to a secretarial position, you will very likely significantly hurt your chances of being hired.

When you are ready to leave the house, be sure you allow yourself enough time to get to the interview 15 – 20 minutes before the scheduled time. The reason is that you will have to fill out paperwork, such as an application and personal data form, which usually take between 15 and 20 minutes to complete. Even if you finish early, it will give you time to relax.

If this is your first job, you will probably interview with only one, maybe two people. If you have experience you may find yourself interviewing with many people, possibly with everyone in a room at the same time. Interviewing is really a natural process, so while most people tend to get nervous, simply and honestly answering the questions you are asked will be considered a successful interview.