10 Tips to Prepare for a Job in the Millennium

Entering the Job Market

1. Sunday Newspaper Advertisement

Many people that are job seeking search for jobs in the Sunday classified ads every week, until they are hired for a job. Sunday is the best time to search for employment in the newspaper, because the jobs are updated and posted every Sunday. Employers that advertise in the newspaper want job searchers that know how to follow directions. Try to do exactly what the advertisers are asking you to do in the employment ads, for the position you're applying for.


2. What Should Be Included in a Cover Letter

This cover letter will consist of brief and meaningful information in regards to applying for a job position. The cover letter will start with your name, street address, city and state, zip code, phone numbers, date, greeting (to hiring personnel), and a short brief letter. The body of the letter will consist of the description of the position you are applying for, your work experience, a couple of your personality traits that are useful for the job position, include that your resume is attached to the cover letter, and insert a closing and your signature.


3. Job Resumé Tips

Save your resume on a computer CD so you can update it often as you need to. Try to make your resumé fit on one page. This is just an idea of what to include in a resume, some resumes have different formats. You can choose different types of formats for your resume. It's better to type your resume on a computer after you make a rough draft of it. Include in your resume:

  • Name, address, city and state, zip code, and phone numbers.
  • Objective - is what you're seeking for in a job position.
  • Employment history in chronological order by beginning with your present or recent job title; then insert each job title by the most recent dates in order. Next to each job title add the city, state and zip code; also add each of your job tasks for each previous job.
  • Each of your job history titles can be grouped one at a time, with single space in between.
  • You can also insert your 'externship' and/or 'education' status under the 'work experience.'
  • At the very bottom of the resume, you can also type 'References available upon request.'


Entering the Job Market
Entering the Job Market

Entering the Job Market

4. Waiting for a Call Back After an Interview

It's a good idea to have voice mail set up for incoming messages, especially if you expect to be out frequently. Make sure family members know that you're waiting for a call from a potential employer. A person that answers the phone in a rude manner may cause you the potential job opportunity.


5. Hobbies

Do not add hobbies to your resume, but you can add your volunteer work to your resume. Employers are interested in your volunteer work. Your hobbies can be mentioned at an interview, only if the hiring personnel ask about any hobbies that you have.


6. Other things to add to your resume

Adding "skills" to your resume will definitely help your chances of getting the job. The skills you're adding are from your vocational school training or previous job experience skills; such as typing wpm, data entry, medical office skills, warehouse worker skills, computer software skills, etc.


7. Getting ready for an interview

Arrive on time or a few minutes early, and go alone don't take friends or family members. Make eye contact with the hiring personnel/interviewer. Bring two ink pens that work; black and blue ink. Write down a couple of questions to ask the interviewer, for when the interviewer asks you if you have any questions. Never ask the interviewer about 'how much money you will be making,' but you can negotiate once the interviewer begins to talk about the hourly pay.

Wear only neutral colors for your interviews such as: white collar shirts, navy blue skirts or slack pants, brown, black, and gray clothes. But try to avoid wearing bright colors to an interview; you want to keep your appearance professional. Also type a copy page of 'references' to have in your employment portfolio folder. Bring certificate copies and diplomas of trade school and colleges; also bring honor certificates such as 'employee of the month.'


8. Most common questions asked in interviews

  • Tell me something about yourself?
  • Why should I give you this job?
  • What will you bring to this company to help it grow?
  • Why did you leave your last job?
  • Do you have any questions about this job positions?


9. Questions to avoid asking

Avoid asking about vacation days, time off, or your salary pay. Also avoid asking about lunch time and break time. The employer will let you know about these specific times once you get hired for the job.


10. Stay encouraged and keep enthusiasm

If you know that you are giving it all you got to seek 1,000 potential employment positions; and nearly every employer say No, just know that out of 1,000 you will get a YES. Stay encouraged and know that a YES is coming, continue do your part. Practice mock-interviews with your family members and friends to brush up on your interviewing skills. Show self-confidence at all your interviews, remain professional, and avoid telling jokes at interviews. Always do 'follow up calls' on job positions that you've already applied for.


There are online websites that assist job seekers with applying for employment through their sites. There is a job seeker site called Indeed.com, on their site you type in the position you are looking for. Also you type your city into the Indeed site's search bar, then your list of jobs will show by the job position you typed in, and the city or area as well.

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34th Bomb Group 4 years ago from Western New York State

Excellent!

If I may add a topical issue that just reared its ugly head in my home - "NEVER quit the job you have until you have a new one." My son is getting itchy and I'm afraid he won't follow this advice which I received from my father.

It never steered me wrong, right along with "Dress for the job you want, not the job you have."

Hopefully he'll show his wisdom, which is rather substantial for a 21 year old kid, and not do something dumb.


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Brinafr3sh 4 years ago from West Coast, United States Author

@ 34thBomb, your correct we should dress for success; even though we are at a job that doesn't require much of a dress up code -- we should dress for the job we would soon have one day. Thanks


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

What great advice, Brinafr. This is very informative and well done. One really great hub for today's needs for sure.


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Brinafr3sh 4 years ago from West Coast, United States Author

Hi Faith Reaper, Yeah in these times we need all the interviewing tips that are available. Thanks

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