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Tips On How To Successfully Get a Job

Updated on June 19, 2011
Tired of being jobless?  Follow these steps to landing the job!
Tired of being jobless? Follow these steps to landing the job!

Unemployment is Up ...

... But don't worry. There are still jobs out there. The only problem is that there are so many people competing for the same limited ones! How can anyone expect to stand out in such an over-saturated environment? Well, I'm going to give you advice that will put you ahead of the pack to ensure that you can get one of those precious positions.

In this time of low employment, its easy to find stories of people who have been job searching for months, or even years, but have yet to land a job. This is because they aren't using effective job hunting strategies and are making some common mistakes that most people (who don't actually get the job) make.

For the past few years I have been self employed and haven't had to look for work, but before that I never went without a job for more than a week since I turned 15. No matter where I was or where I moved too, I discovered a few simple strategies that will help you find a job in a matter of weeks - not months or years. These simple tips have helped my friends, family, and students find jobs in just 2 to 3 weeks.

So listen up ... you'll be employed in no time!

To The Victor Goes The Spoils

The most common mistake that people make while job hunting is that they don't put enough effort into actually going after the job. Now, before you get all up-in-arms saying, "But I apply constantly and someone else just always seems to get it first,' understand why that happens.

When there is a job position available, it can only go to one person. So, lets say that you respond to a job opening you find on Craigslist. They ask for you to email them a resume which you do. Now, understand that 20 other people are doing the same thing. How do you stick out from that crowd? The answer is simple ... you can't.

When an employer posts a job, its like throwing a single piece of steak into an overcrowded lions den at the zoo. There just isn't enough to go around and people end up fighting tooth and nail to get a bite.

You've already made the biggest mistake when job hunting ... you waited until an employer posted a job opening and are now competing with the masses. The most successful way to get a job is to be the only person in line when an employer finds themselves needing to hire a new person.

So how do you do that?

Take control of the hunt ... be pro-active.
Take control of the hunt ... be pro-active.

Take Control : Go After the Jobs You Want

First, put together a list of the places where you want to work. This is important because you're much more likely to be enthusiastic about interviewing, and be more what your employer is looking for, if you are actually interested in the job you're going after.

When putting together this list, think of the small businesses and jobs that you'd like to be a part of. Avoid the large national chains where you'd just be another drone in a large corporation. Find the personable businesses in your area that want enthusiastic, passionate people working for them. Do you like animals? Find the doggy day-cares in the area. Into video games? Hit up the game store at the local mall. The important part is that you make a list of the jobs you'll want to do.

Now that you have a list, print off a few resumes because its time to hit the streets.

Apply In Person

Now go to your chosen businesses and ask for applications.  Even if they aren't hiring at the moment it makes such an impression if you walk in, ask to speak to a manager, shake their hand, and ask for an application.  This is such an important step.  You'll be told that there aren't any openings at the moment, but they'll keep your file in case a position opens up.  Thank them and let them know how much you'd enjoy working at their business. 

Now go do this to as many of the businesses on your list as you can by noon. By lunchtime you should have 5 or 6 applications.  Go home and fill them all out and attach a resume.

Now, and this is another very important part ... go back in the same day to all those businesses.  Ask for the same manager and tell them that you've filled out their application.  Hand it to them, reiterate that if they have an opening in the near future how much you'd like to work for them, shake their hand, and leave.

You have just shown initiative, promptness, enthusiasm, and a willingness to work.  Next time that one of those businesses has an opening they'll most likely remember you and, before they post the job opening online, you'll probably get a call asking if you'd like an interview.

Don't be part of the crowd waiting for an employer to find you ... go find your future employer.
Don't be part of the crowd waiting for an employer to find you ... go find your future employer.

Apply Often

Now that you've spent your first day of true job hunting ... don't just wait around for a call. If you have more places on your list, then hit them the next day. Keep adding jobs to your list and continue to apply for them, in person, every single day.

If you run out of new businesses you'd like to work for, then go back to the ones you've already turned in applications. Say hi to the front desk people, see if the manager is there, and just let them know that you're still looking for a job and are still interested in working for them.

This might sound awkward at first, but if you drop in to your desired places of employment once a week while actively searching for a job, you'll be putting yourself way ahead of all those people sitting at home waiting for a job to be posted so they can send in their application along with the hundreds of other people doing the same thing.

A Quick Story

I was searching for a job with animals. I had been monitoring Craigslist and applying for months to vet clinics, pet day cares, animal shelters ... anything and everything, but never seemed to get the job. I got called in for a few interviews, but there were always multiple people interviewing and I never got the positions.

Then I started going to places and filling out applications before they even had job openings. I would walk in, ask for a supervisor or manager, let them know who I was and what I was looking for, and ask for an application. Within a week I had 4 interviews, one of which was for a veterinarian assistant . I didn't quiet have the training for it ... and I didn't get the job ...

... but two days after my interview I got a call from the clinic. They had had to fire their receptionist and wondered if I'd like that position instead. They didn't post the job opening online, they just called me! They also offered to train me while working as a receptionist to become a veterinarian assistant!

Think About It

If you were an employer and had a position to fill, who would you choose? Someone who is actively searching for a job in the field of your business, came in and shook your hand, and then checked back a week later ... or one of the 20 random online applications? The person who showed interest in working for your business before you even had an opening or the person who is simply applying because you have one?

The choice is pretty simple, in my perspective. So make yourself that person. You'll end up getting a job you'll enjoy and in a field you're interested in.

Other Quick Tips

* Dress like they do : If you really want to make an impression, take note of how the people at your desired job are dressed for work. When you go in to apply or check in, make sure you are dressed to the same standard. This will make you seem like the right "image" they're looking for and make them more comfortable in considering you for a job.

* Take someone with you : Hunting for a job where there aren't currently openings can be very nerve-wracking and demoralizing. Take a friend or significant other with you while you go from place to place. They'll be able to support you and keep your spirits up. Remember, your potential employers want to see a happy and enthusiastic person ... not a desperate and depressed one.

* Stay Optimistic : This strategy for job searching can take some time. Its all about getting out there and letting the businesses you'd like to work at know that you are searching. At first it might seem like a lost cause ... but I promise you its the fastest and best way to get a job you'll love. You just have to stick with it.

* Quantity : Don't just apply at two or three places. Try to find every possible business you'd like to work at in your area. You should have a list of at least a dozen, and probably many more. Apply at all of them using these techniques ... not just a few. This will heighten your chances that one of those places will have an opening soon, and they'll call you before posting.

I hope this guide helps you. I know it has helped me in the past and continues to help my friends and family. Good luck out there ...

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    • ChristineVianello profile image

      ChristineVianello 6 years ago from Philadelphia

      Great tips!

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      Fortadam 7 years ago from Portland Oregon

      Hunting inside of a field that you'd enjoy working in is SO important to landing the job. Potential employers can (and try to) sense who would be "right" for the job - so your husband will be much more likely to give off the feel they are looking for if he truly is interested in the job he's applying for.

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      Stacy Harris 7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I had him read it and he agreed, definately some good advice. The downfall is figuring out what type of businesses he would like to work for! It will happen. hopefully!

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      Fortadam 7 years ago from Portland Oregon

      Thanks for reading, barbergirl :) I hope the tips help your husband in his search!

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      Stacy Harris 7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      That is some great advice for finding a job... My husband is looking for a job so I might just have to send this his way!

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      Fortadam 7 years ago from Portland Oregon

      Thanks for reading my hubs, dablufox :) I do hope this hub helps people during these hard times. There are jobs out there, you just have to know how to get them ...

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      dablufox 7 years ago from Australia

      An inspiring and motivational hub, loved it. My worked has been laying people off for months and it just recently become my turn, although I saw it coming a long way off and spent my spare time setting up a business, but if it doesn't end up working out I will remember this hub and come back to it, thanks for sharing.