Finding a job in this recession can be tough, so you want to make a good impression when you apply. Here are some tips on how to impress potential employers and possibly score a job!
Tip 1: Dress to Impress!
A T-shirt and jeans may cut it in some college classes, but they won’t help you wont make the grade with most potential employers. Even if you’re applying at a fast food restaurant, most managers would rather see business casual than grungy.
An ideal outfit to wear when applying consists of slacks and a button down dress shirt for men, or a dress skirt/slacks and a modest blouse for women. (Note for the lazy ones: These clothes should be clean and wrinkle free!) This shows that you respect the workplace you’re applying to, but isn’t too dressy for the local McDonald’s. It just might give you that edge over the college students in ripped jeans and band t-shirts.
Tip 2: Be Prepared!
Have a sample application filled out with more information than you think you’ll need, so you can reference it while filling out official applications. Applications often vary from business to business, so its wise to have all the relevant information with you, just in case.
Another good idea is to create and print out your own application, with only the date and Position Applied For lines left empty. That way, you can simply fill in the blanks when needed, and you’re prepared if a manager doesn’t have applications available.
Tip 3: Fill Out the Application There!
Managers and business owners see many teens and young adults walk out with an application and never return. Distinguish yourself by filling out the application on the spot! Not only does it show you’re serious about applying for the job, but its a great way to impress the potential employer with how organized you are. Because of course, you’ll have your sample application with you, right?
By displaying such impressive skills, don’t be surprised if you’re asked to interview right away!
Which leads us to tip number four…
Tip 4: Know How to Interview!
Its a good idea to rehearse interviewing with a friend or family member, so you’ll be comfortable with any questions that you might be asked. Remember not to trash talk or speak slang (Yo’ homies might roll like dis, but no employer will, foo!). Don’t fidget, look the employer in the eye, and be respectful. Remember that you’re there to impress.
Tip 5: Better Safe Than Sorry
In this age of identity theft, keeping yourself safe is a top priority. Remember that your application may pass though many hands, or could even end up in a trash can.
On any application that requests a Social Security number, Drivers License number, or any other identification documents, it is both acceptable and smart to write “Will supply upon offer of employment.” They don’t really need that information until they’ve actually employed you, so keep your identity safe.
And if you’re asked to pay for a chance at applying, run! No serious business will charge you just to apply, so if they ask you to fork over some cash, its most likely a scam. Be smart and don’t pay for something that should be free.
Armed with these tips, you’re ready to take to the job hunting battlefield. Who knows, you might just win a steady paycheck!