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How to Find a Job

Updated on July 18, 2012

© by Jennifer McLeod writing as jenjen0703, all rights reserved.


First Impressions

Obtaining and maintaining employment is a requirement for surviving and paying bills for most. Jobs are scarce in these tough economic times. One reason someone might be struggling to find a job is because of how they present themselves which effects an employer's first impression.

I used to be employed as a retail manager, and one of my responsibilities was to hire and fire other employees. I enjoyed this position because the logic in the methods I used saved time and money. I have interviewed a wide variety of people, but the ones that irritated me the most were the applicants that came in to see me with their pants hanging around their knees.

First impressions come in many forms, whether it be in a personal, one-on-one meeting, or in the form of a job application or resume. How an individual presents himself or herself has a huge impact on every facet of their life, especially in the job market.

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Applying for the Job

Let's talk about resumes and job applications. I understand that there are some excellent workers who cannot spell correctly to save their life, and not all jobs require the employee to have the ability to spell well. Either way, if you cannot spell correctly, you should find another person to edit your application or resume before you hand it over to the prospective employers. When you are applying for a job, you do not want to come across to them as uneducated.

Another important factor when applying for a job is the level of desire the applicant has to work for the company. How many times did that person call to inquire about the position? Or did the applicant apply for the job and never check back in? It is crucial that you keep calling if you really want the job. That does not mean call me every morning at 9:00 A.M., again at noon, and again at the end of the business day asking for an interview. This is a guaranteed way to send your application to the bottom of the pile. One or two calls a week to ask about the position is adequate. And think of it like this: every time you call me, I have to pull your application from the huge pile of applications sitting in my filing cabinet. Every time you call, your application is being pulled and set back on top of the pile of applications (because we all know, I do not have time to file them).

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Dress for Success

Put an effort into your appearance. It does not matter whether you are applying for a job at a factory or at a legal firm, dressing for success is important in both situations. As an employer, I think the worst thing someone could do is show up for an interview with their pants hanging around their knees and a t-shirt that says, "I lie to women." I call these interviews my "comedy sessions" as they bring me much humor. In all fairness, I just want to tell this person the interview is over, before I ask any questions. However, professional etiquette says I have to interview this applicant anyways, before I put their application at the bottom of the pile. There is nothing more fun than asking a person dressed like this the infamous question, "Tell me, why should I hire you?" These are what I call the 3-minute interviews. And I guarantee that person will not be hired for that position. Do not wear jeans or shorts to the interview; dress pants and a nice dress shirt is appropriate. Men, shave your faces prior to appearing for the interview. I do not want to see a 5 o'clock shadow or smell next morning beer breath.

Eye contact and body language is important! When I ask you what happened at your last job, tell the truth and look me in the eye. Most liars cannot maintain steady eye contact when they lie. And, I am going to find out the truth anyway. People make mistakes. Things happen. I have more respect for people who tell the brutal truth than those who lie.

If you have made it this far in the interview process, shake my hand, thank me, and give me a call in a few days if I have not contacted you. Good luck on your next job interview!

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      Derdriu 6 years ago

      JenJen0703: What a clearly written and tightly organized hub which also includes humorous examples and practical suggestions!

      Thank you for sharing, voted up, etc.,


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      ronhi 6 years ago from Kenya

      The other day i went for an interview and when i saw how some two guys were dressed, all i could think of is, "Thank heavens am not the HR manager or i wouldn't even bother to interview you." One of the guys turned out to be the smartest one judging from the practical test were were given but needless to say, he was not the one that was hired. Thanks for sharing those useful tips. I agree with you completely

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      Jennifer McLeod 6 years ago from Battle Creek, Michigan

      I think many people are guilty of fudging or up-playing their previous jobs to make themselves look better. But outright lies can be a reason for automatic termination if the truth comes out. Like, have you been in trouble for stealing at a job? If you say no, and the truth comes out that you were convicted of embezzlement, that could be a real problem.

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      TheOracleKing 6 years ago

      My best job interviews have always been for jobs I didn't want. In those interviews the pressure was off, I was relaxed and could be myself and answer the interviewers questions with clarity, wit and honesty. Plus, as I didn't really care about the position or the company in those interviewers, I lied a lot which made me sound super qualified and professional.

      Not that lying is good advice, just saying, if you don't care if they check up on what you say then lie your ass off to get your foot in the door.

      Actually, none of this is good advice, this is really bad advice. I wouldn't listen to me at all.