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The complete job search guide – how to land a job at a great company

When I graduated from college I sucked at job search and spent six miserable months unemployed. From the lessons I learned then and over the last 15 years in business, I’ll teach you to be better than 99% of all other job seekers and land a job at a great company. Below, you’ll find those lessons distilled down into a step-by-step job search guide complete with e-mail templates and telephone scripts.

Job search was the last thing on my mind when I graduated in 1992 – I went to the beach instead (Ocracoke island, NC) and spent six months ignoring all the talk about an approaching recession. Not too smart, but still, the memories are priceless and I’d do it again.

paying the bills during my job searchWhen winter came and my money ran out, I started searching for a job in Virginia Beach and it didn’t go well (foolish grasshopper). While I searched for the real estate job I really wanted, I worked a succession of crappy jobs which lasted about three weeks each and made me feel like a loser (working as a busboy, garden center helper, time-share sales rep, etc).

I became depressed.  This was the sort of depression where you stop talking to friends or family – I was in a black mood. My dream of becoming a real estate developer or builder was fading. Real estate was sinking all across the country, but that wasn’t my biggest problem. It was this:

How could I have known what mattered to a recruiter at a great company? Did it ever cross your mind that you could get whatever you want from people if you could hear their private thoughts? Well in job search, it would be true – you would breeze your way through the job search process if you knew what recruiters and hiring managers were thinking.

I sucked at job search because at 20 years old, I’d never run a company or managed people. Until you’ve recruited and managed people yourself, the whole business of recruiting will appear simple. You might think “I’m a hard worker with a good education and experience – what’s so complicated?” Keep reading and you’ll find out.

deeply depressed during unemploymentMercifully, after six long, humbling months, I landed a job as a bank analyst. It was a copy of What Color Is Your Parachute? that saved me. I pored through it, completing all the exercises and it worked. When a good opportunity came along, I was prepared and landed the job. Though it wasn’t the job I wanted, it was a great company and gave my career a good start.

If you haven’t studied and practiced job search skills, you should assume you suck at job search. Here’s why. At great companies:

  • bosses and recruiters like me will notice little mistakes that are totally off your radar.
  • we’ll assume those mistakes are signs that you’d suck at the job you’re applying for.
  • you won’t get good feedback and will assume the problem is any factor but you.

Sounds harsh… yes. And I know there are jobseekers so desperate they’ve considered suicide. Here’s why tough love is the right approach.

First, change is hard. Improvement is hard. I’m sharing from my personal experience, so if I’m passionate, think of it as reality coaching. A good coach is someone who tells you the plain truth with the intensity to grab your attention and hold it.

Second, the surest way to fail at job search, is to think about yourself and talk about what you want from an employer. I want you to forget yourself and get inside the mind of the hiring manager (that’s me). I want you to hear what it sounds like in our heads.

You’ve probably already guessed it’s not pretty… Competition in business is fierce and everything that can go wrong, will. We’ve made every kind of mistake, especially in hiring – we hire people who cannot perform the work, people who can, but are dishonest or have no interest in it, people who say all the right things but never do anything, and so on.

Nothing we do in business is so difficult as recruiting the right people. And yet recruiting problems are just the first layer. Natural disasters happen, too, equipment fails, hackers attack our websites, employees get sick, they divorce, they burn out, customers go out of business, business models fail, costs go up, competitors rise, etc. etc.

It’s a manager’s job to take on the turbulence, to tame it and out of the chaos deliver a reliable product or service. We recruit because we dream that all the problems are solvable. We recruit to lighten our load – because we need help. That’s why the most effective message you can send is this: “You’ve got problems I can solve — let me show you how!”

Third, we’re in a crisis of massive proportions – a perfect storm. It started with the baby boom parents who built up their kids’ egos creating the ‘entitlement generation‘. The kids came into the workforce just as the Internet and government policy enticed businesses to get work done cheaply overseas.

So, we outsource to China, India, Russia, Argentina, or take your pick, and we don’t find the entitlement there.  As if we needed more encouragement to hire overseas, our public education system has bottomed out. Fortunately for employers, they’re automating the intelligence out of many brick-and-mortar jobs just in time.

hiring "A players"As a result of all this, we have too many Americans without challenging jobs and with toxic resumes showing strings of jobs they worked in for less than 2 years. Ironically, business leaders are “desperate” to hire workers with skills and attitudes our job seekers don’t have.

Fourth, great companies aim to hire only top-tier talent today – we’ve entered a winner-take-all age. Harvard Business Review and all the brilliant management gurus advise us to recruit and employ “A Players” only. Throw everyone else overboard! This is what they say it takes to compete and win.

We only need a couple great companies in every market – one e-commerce company like Amazon who can send us any book on Earth or toothbrushes and Q-tips on a schedule every six months.  Amazon’s competitors are going out of business and this process is repeating itself across markets. Every year that goes by, it gets more profitable to win and more painful to lose. When companies win today, they (and their employees) earn millions and billions. Where do you want to ride out this wave?

company mission statementWhat is a great company?  If you put in the effort to learn what I’ll share here, you get to decide what ‘great company’ means to you in your life – your definition, your choice (profit-sharing, open book, telecommute, etc). If you can’t do it, get used to working for one crappy company after another and long hours, high stress, low satisfaction and few rewards.

Do you want to work in a great company with a great future? You’ll need to be great and show your greatness in a job search and on-the-job. Here’s what you need to learn and do to turn your work life into a source of pride and satisfaction:


How to land a job at a great company.

  1. forward
  2. prospecting
  3. cover letters
  4. resumes
  5. blogs
  6. interviewing
  7. references
  8. networking
  9. working smart

Forward

Job search sucks – you’re being evaluated! You’ve got to laugh about it and ask others for help. Mostly though, you need to do everything right to avoid wasting your time and burning yourself out. Here are five general principles that will take you there – apply these in every aspect of your job search. Finally, if you have questions not answered in this job search guide, please ask.

1. Know yourself. Know what you are good at and what you enjoy. Search out positions that will engage you fully – nothing will make job search easier for you.

2. Understand that cultural fit is an important factor in every hiring decision and you are being scrutinized for it. If you fit, you’ll be hired.

3. Get feedback from someone who will tell you the cold hard truth about your clothes, your grooming, your speech, your handshake, your blog/website and your writing. This needs to be someone who understands the culture you want to be hired into (not necessarily your best friend). Don’t know the right people? Meet them through informational interviews or get professional help.

4. Show up ready for battleupbeat and energetic.  This is make or break for your job search. It may not be easy, but it is doable.

5. Use checklistsunderstand the process and keep this checklist in front of you.

 Prospecting

Spend about a third of your time on job boards but no more. Remember that employers make roughly 33% of their hires using job boards (so 66% come from other sources).

1. Know what you want and go after it. We want passion. If you’re just looking for a place to park your rear so you can pay your bills, we’ll pick up on that and will take a pass on you.

2. Go to companies and cities that are thriving. There is always low hanging fruit somewhere in our $15 trillion economy. Hunt it down. Listen to Gisel:

. . . I left my job in June during the current recession. I tried applying for jobs online and nothing worked. . . . I grabbed my local newspaper and found an article that listed the top 100 employers to work for and the runners up. I created a spreadsheet that listed my top 4 characteristics that my future employer should have and then plugged in the companies that had these. . . . I used [LinkedIn] to find HR persons in the companies that I wanted to work for and sent them a request to connect.  The majority of the persons accepted my request and to make a long story short – I obtained 3 job interviews using this method and LinkedIn as a job search tool. . . . next week I will be starting my new job! –Gisel

too many resumes from posting jobs3. Use old-fashioned mail and the telephone. Start by sending a value proposition letter to the CEOs of companies you’d like to work for. Make cold calls. Most jobs are not advertised and the competition for those hidden jobs is much lower than the extreme competition you’ll face on job search engines.  You’ll never network your way into hundreds of companies in the same amount of time it takes to get off a letter campaign.

4. Do some free work to prove yourself if a company you really want to work for says they are not hiring. Or offer to work for a time as a contractor. Show your passion for that company.

5. Show that you won’t go away or give up if you really want to work somewhere. Don’t make yourself a pest (ask the recruiter how often), but continue to check-in periodically. Be like a dog with an old shoe – don’t let go. And don’t try to remember it all in your head either, use tools like JibberJobber and startwire.

Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the US

Cover letters

A good cover letter is like a sip of cold water in the desert to a recruiter sifting through his inbox. A good ‘cover letter’ is really what we call a ‘value proposition’ letter and can even stand alone with no resume and trigger an immediate phone call or e-mail. Here’s a detailed blueprint for writing one. Not a gifted writer? Consider asking someone to help you.

1. Talk about the needs of the employer. Don’t talk about what you want from the job. When I read your cover letter, I’m looking into your mind. Nine times out of ten, what I see is self-absorption and those applications go right in the trash.  If you’re self-absorbed, you don’t listen well, you’ll have weak people skills and trouble living by your boss’s priorities.

you must meet the strength requirements2. Keep it short. No more than three paragraphs with three or four sentences each. If it’s long, you look unfocused and self absorbed. Short and sweet piques my interest in you when you say the right things.

3. Keep it focused. How can you help me? Why would you want to? What’s special about my company? How do your skills and experiences fit with our needs? What’s the most similar work you’ve done in the past? Answer those and you’ve nailed the cover letter. Don’t ask questions like “Can you give me me more info about this position?”

4. Be authentic. Speak in your own words and you’ll catch my attention. Sound like everyone else and I’ll know you copied and pasted from someone else’s resume.

5. Follow instructions. RTFM.  If you are responding to a job posting that outlines a couple of steps for applying or requests you complete a task, follow the instructions carefully or don’t bother responding at all. We figure you’ll flat out suck at the job if you can’t or won’t follow some simple steps to apply.

Only about 2 out of 10 applicants will follow directions, so if you can and do follow the instructions, your chances of being contacted will skyrocket. If there is some test of your skills involved, 2 out of 100 may follow the directions.  Your odds go way up if you are one of those two!

One possible exception – if asked for your salary history, you may want to hold back. We will screen you out immediately if your history or expectations don’t match our opening.

Resumes

Your resume is a tool for connecting with a recruiter – not a list of work experience, not a puzzle for the recruiter to figure out. Here’s what you need to do it right, or, if you have a professional help you, this is how to evaluate their work:

1. Make it easy on my eyes and brain. Less is more. A clean uncluttered resume will stand out and show you put some thought into what’s most important, that you have an eye for detail, and have thought about the reader’s experience. Include a short objective statement which summarizes your cover letter. Sometimes the screener is not going to see the cover letter you spent an hour writing – so the objective is your chance to boil it down into a couple lines. It’s also a good opportunity to match keywords from the job description (see item 3 below).

2. Sell yourself by talking about your accomplishments. Don’t list responsibilities. In 5 or 10 seconds, I want to know what you’re good at and proud of. I want to know what impact you had in your previous jobs. Impact is about your skills and abilities, not a laundry list of your experience.

3. Sell yourself by showing what’s relevant. Your resume is not your work history – it’s a tool for connecting with the recruiter/hiring manager. To make that connection, your resume should include keywords from the job description. In 5 to 10 seconds I want to see you are a good fit because you’ve done similar work and can solve my business problems. Make it crystal clear. Make every single word earn its place on your resume. Leave your street address out.

Include important details. Give me numbers! How many people did you supervise? How many clients did you manage? How much did you sell? I can tease these things out of you, but will be very impressed if you deliver them before I ask.

4. Are you over the hill? ‘Overqualified’? Don’t call attention to it. Only go back 10 years in your work experience. Consider leaving the dates off your education and tone down your responsibility level as you can. Most recruiters will be wary of a candidate with 20+ years of experience or significantly greater level of responsibility in prior jobs.

Yes, you have to tell the truth and we’ll figure out your full story eventually, but your chances of having a conversation with the recruiter are better if your resume doesn’t scream that you are old and overqualified. I know, it’s unfair and it sucks – read the next section about blogs if you want to change your luck.

we do not have a bias against younger applicants5. No abbreviations or industry jargon. No typos. Abbreviations or acronyms that I don’t recognize are a red flag that you lack situational awareness and empathy and is a clear mark against you. Typos, misspellings and grammatical errors are a sure way to get your resume deleted. Why?

You put your best foot forward in your job search, right? So if you’re making easily avoidable mistakes, you’re going to be a pain in the ass when you’re working for me. So use spellchecker and read everything you write out loud. You’ll catch many more mistakes, if not all of them.

Networking

Most jobs are not advertised — so how are the ‘hidden jobs’ filled?

People like me always start by asking around informally: “Hey, we’re going to add another PHP developer, do you know anyone?”  You get recommended for these positions when you have a healthy professional network – lots of friends in good places.

But, there are many ways that networking can go wrong and it’s natural to fear it. We fear the awkwardness of approaching someone cold, we fear being rejected and fear we’ll sit at an event talking to someone we already know the entire time. We fear getting stuck with someone who talks too much. If you have fears about networking, this is for you:

1. Put yourself in the pole position – volunteer with a trade association or business network so that it’s your job to coordinate invitations to speakers. Smart, successful people will come to you and you’ll meet everyone you want to! You can also create a website and interview your heroes for it.

your job search fear2. Embrace your fearyou will be rejected a few times when you start growing your network. So what! Accept it and set a goal to meet three new people at the next event you attend. Embracing rejection and failure is the key to succeeding in anything. Think of a kid learning to ride a bike, he wails “I’ll NEVER learn” and you laugh. Right?

When you send 10 e-mails inviting people you want to meet to lunch, expect 8 or 9 to reject you. You only need the 10th to say yes to change the course of your life. Try not to take the rejections personally. I decline 99 of 100 invitations. I’m over-committed and have health limitations, but that’s about me, not you – so brush it off.

3. Start doing informational interviews. They work as Steve will tell you:

The informational interview works! 5 years ago I called my now current supervisor and started asking him questions about the company, the department I am now in, its roles, responsibilities, challenges, and other pertinent information. We talked for at least an hour. We exchanged contact information, and I spoke with him one other time afterwards when I inquired about specific software that is used. 5 months later I received a call inviting me to apply and interview for the job. I was hired in 2007. –Steve

A. Make a list of 10 people you’d like to meet. Start with:

  • people who have a job title that interests you (preferably with some connection to you, college alum are best)
  • people who work at companies where you’d want to work
  • people who are doing interesting things you want to learn about

LinkedIn is a good place to start your research as Gisel points out:

LinkedIn is a very useful tool . . .  I used this tool to find HR persons in the companies that I wanted to work for and sent them a request to connect.  The majority of the persons accepted my request and to make a long story short – I obtained 3 job interviews using this method and LinkedIn as a job search tool.  I began this new process in December and next week I will be starting my new job! –Gisel

B. Send an email like the example below (using your university email address if you have one) or choose a template here that fits you better:

Subject: Eric – request to chat from a UVA alum

Dear Eric,

My name is Jason Hall and I’m a recent UVA grad also living in Boulder, Colorado. I found you via LinkedIn and am writing to see if you have 15 min. to chat with me about internet business which I can see from your profile and website you know a lot about. I’d really value the opportunity to hear how you got where you are and ask you for advice.

If you are free, I’m available during the following times:

  • Fri 2/12 from 3 to 6 pm
  • Sat 2/13 from  noon to 4 pm
  • Mon 2/15 from 6 to 8 pm
  • Tue from  2 to 4 pm
  • Wed from  1 to 4 pm
  • Thur from  4 pm – 6pm

Thank you,
Jason
(303) 422-6762

C. Why this works:

  1. The subject line calls attention quickly with my name, it’s short and easily readable on a smart phone, makes a personal connection with my school, and has clarity (no tricks or confusion).
  2. In the body you make two connections – you are in the same tribe (University) & same city.
  3. This is easy to say ‘yes’ to, your request has a short limited scope, you took time to share your calendar with specific hours when you will really be available (and on your A game, not just waking up or eating lunch).
  4. You used a polite salutation and included your phone number (you may get a call right away, so send the e-mail when you have the next half-hour free).

D. What to talk about on the call:

  1. Ask if it’s still a good time to talk.
  2. Thank this person for his or her time.
  3. Give a short introduction of yourself and why you contacted this person.
  4. Be positive so you are associated with good feelings.
  5. Get the ball rolling with something like this: “So, I’m really interested to hear your story – how you got where you are and if you have any advice for someone like me…”. But, if this person writes a blog, make sure you’ve read it first and mention it! If it sounds like you want me to personally tell you on the phone what I’ve spent hours writing in my blog, I’ll think you’re a jerk.
  6. Shut up and listen, don’t interrupt.
  7. Ask: is there anything you wish you had known when you are starting out?
  8. Ask: is there anyone else you think I should talk to?
  9. End the call on time even if you know the person is enjoying the call. You want to be perceived as an efficient communicator and don’t want to leave the person feeling drained. If you asked for 15 min., end the call at 15 min.!

E. Keep in touch!

  1. Send a quick thank you e-mail after the call.
  2. Understand that you may not have much to offer a successful expert who’s willing to give you time he might otherwise bill at $200 an hour or higher.  What you do have to offer is good karma – show him how he made the world a better place.
  3. Send periodic updates letting the person know how you implemented his advice and how it worked out. Let him know his impact on you and the end of the story. That’s priceless.

 Blogs

Great companies all want to hire the same “talent”. We want to hire smart, high-energy, passionate workers with an edge, who execute well, care more, and energize themselves and people around them.

“Whoa! Is that all?” you ask. I’m sorry, but it’s true, that’s what we want and that’s what you are trying to communicate in your cover letter, your resume and interview – that you are the cat’s meow!

The problem with recruiting is that many job seekers (and now you) know exactly what I’m looking for and precisely what I want to hear. That’s why I do two-hour long interviews using Brad Smart’s TopGrading process. That’s what it takes to reliably screen out the pretenders.

If you are one of those with genuine smarts, energy, leadership, passion, caring and ability to get things done, the absolute surest way to demonstrate that is with a blog. When you’ve been writing regularly for six months, a year or longer, we know for a fact you aren’t faking anything.

A good blog is solid gold for your credibility and has the potential to push you to the top of the candidate list. But, be careful – your blog can also get you screened out. Here’s a blog checklist you’ll want to review.

Interviewing

Want to be first on the short-list after your interview? Do more preparation than any other candidate. But, that’s not always enough, because walking away with a job offer is all about driving the sales process. Just about everything you need to know is here, but if you aren’t a natural, consider getting help from a coach also.

was really hoping you1. Research the company, the position and the management. You can look great on paper, sound great on the phone and answer every question well, but if you have not bothered to research me and my company, I won’t hire you because I know you’re not really interested in the job. How could you be without knowing who we are and what we do?

Cultural fit is an important factor in every hiring decision and researching the company allows you to dress, look, and speak like the team. True, fit is in the eye of the beholder, but do what you can to fit in (if it’s comfortable for you). Do your research to discover if we’re a good fit for each other and try not to show off in the interview. If you’ve done the research, just relax and let it show naturally.

If you don’t do the research, you can’t ask intelligent questions, so you’ll also fail below in item 12.

2. Know clearly why you want to work for my company. It matters to me because I’m looking for someone who’s going to be with me for years through thick and thin. If you don’t know why or it is not a compelling reason, we’re not a good fit for each other.

3. Know what you are proud of in your life and career. Tell me about the impact you’ve had in your prior jobs. Think of a few stories you can tell that illustrate each key point you want to make about yourself. Tell me how your experience and skills relate to the position I’m recruiting for. Talk to me about the similarities between your previous experiences and my needs. Talk to me about your ideas for having an impact in my company. How will you save or make money for my company?

4. Know how you will answer the most common and most difficult questions you may be asked. Every interviewer is going to ask you about your weaknesses and failures. If you’re perfect or the best you can do is “I’m impatient”, I’m not going to hire you.  Never met a talented person without a few character flaws and who hasn’t made some interesting mistakes. Questions you should be able to answer without babbling include:

  • Why should we hire you?
  • Tell me about yourself. How would you describe yourself?
  • What is your greatest strength? weakness?
  • What motivates you?
  • What are your salary expectations?
  • Describe (for each position you’ve held) a low point/mistake/difficult situation and how you overcame it?
  • What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done? Funniest thing that’s ever happened to you at work? Biggest disappointment?
  • What would you like to be doing 5 years from now?

5. Proofread your resume and any other materials you plan to offer the day before the interview. Read everything out loud to yourself – you’ll catch more errors that way, if not all of them. Wait a day or two and proofread it again. Ask at least one other person to review your resume.

6. Bring copies of your resume and a notepad. Take notes if appropriate.

7. Be likable with good hygiene.  Never smoke a cigarette before an interview and be aware that body odor or bad breath will ruin your interview before you even get started.

8. Be likable by making a connection: First, the basics – be on time, turn your phone off, shake hands firmly, make eye contact, smile and use the interviewer’s name (last name is safest unless asked to use first). Be confident and positive – don’t badmouth previous bosses because, as a hiring manager, I’m likely to identify with your ex boss.

Remember to smile genuinely at everyone, not just your interviewer. Everyone you meet counts — remember all their names.  If you treat me differently from my  team, that’s an important red flag.

Second, look for something you have in common that might build rapport, someone you know in the company (check Facebook and LinkedIn), favorite sports teams, hobbies, etc. Research the interviewer online before the interview and look around the office for clues when you arrive.

9. Read body language. Most interviewers don’t like to give bad news and will only tell you what you want to hear even when they’re trying to get rid of you as fast as possible.  Our body language gives us away, though. Our voice lies, but the body always tells the truth. We cross our arms, avoid making eye contact or fidget when we’re internally conflicted or just bored. Read the body language and if it tells you your interview is not going well, find out why!

When your interview is going well, your interviewer may be leaning forward,  arms and legs uncrossed,  hands open,  jacket unbuttoned, with good eye contact. This is the same good, open, engaged posture you want to display yourself.

10. Don’t babble. Stay focused on the answer to each question and be careful not to go off on tangents. Don’t give a lot of details initially – that’s babble. Trust me to ask you good follow-up questions. Don’t jump to fill silences unless asked to. Sometimes I want to think during an interview let me.

11. Avoid soundbites and buzzwords. If your answers sound scripted and I sense that you are dropping buzzwords to impress me, I’m going to associate you with all the candidates I hired that talked a good game but couldn’t deliver. Don’t do it! Speak from your experience about your experience – keep it honest and authentic. That will impress me.

12. Ask good questions that show you care. If you ask something you could’ve learned in 60 seconds on our website, you’re unlikely to get the job. If your questions are mostly about compensation, I’m unlikely to hire you. The questions you ask reveal your interest level in the position and the depth of your research. They also help me understand your previous work experience.

Ask me difficult questions – express your concerns about my company freely. Most likely, you’ll impress me with your critical thinking and authenticity.

Early in the interview, ask your interviewer to describe the qualifications of the ideal candidate. You want to confirm what you think you already know about the job before leading the interview in the wrong direction.

Good questions are open-ended and can’t be answered with a yes or no.

Ask your interviewer for feedback during the interview – “How do you see me fitting in at your company?” or “On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the best), how do you think I’d do in this position?” The rating question sets up a good follow-up: “What could I do to score higher?”

Asking for feedback during the interview may be uncomfortable for you, but, ‘closing the sale‘ as it’s called, shows strength and maturity on your part. Best of all, you get information you need if not a job offer.

13. Send a thank you e-mail the same day you interview. If you interview with me and fail to send a quick thank you, it’s game over, no matter how perfect a candidate you are in every other aspect. It’s not about my ego, it’s just business.

We look for people with 1) high interest in working for us and 2) a sense of urgency who 3) will treat everyone inside and outside the company with care. The ‘thank you’ (or lack of it) is a perfect test of those characteristics for us. In your thank you note, take the opportunity to include any materials or references you think may be helpful.

Here’s a real-life example from an online chat I had today:

Keith: Hi Eric, I was wondering if you made any decisions regarding the Customer Support Position?
Eric:  hi Keith, did you send me an e-mail by any chance?

Keith: no, I thought you had my resume
Eric: Yes I did have your resume and would have loved to hire you, but needed more communication from you. Looking for somebody with a sense of urgency and who will take good care of customers. That means a lot of communication. After our second interview I sent you an e-mail asking for references also…

Keith: ok, I don’t think I got that email
Eric: I suppose not, anyhow thanks for your time and best wishes.

Keith: ok, same to you

14. Leave something for the employer to remember you by or be just another face in the crowd. Be fascinating or forgotten.

15. Contact your interviewer regularly for updates, until you are hired or rejected. Unless you are asked to do this less frequently, once a week will work nicely. Remember that contacting your interviewer is a display of your ability to manage a process and follow through. You’re showing skills you may be hired for.

References

When you apply for a job at a great company, your references become much more important in the hiring process. I’m not talking about letters of recommendation.

I’m talking about a key role for your references. If you want to be prepared for the toughest process you may encounter, this is what to expect. First, pretend your name is John and I’ve just interviewed you asking the same questions for each of your previous employments:

  • What was your boss’s name?
  • What was it like to work with him/her?
  • How do you think he/she will rate you on a scale of 1 to 10 when I ask?
  • What will your boss give as reasons for that rating?

At the end of the interview, I’ll ask for contact information for each of your previous bosses (and maybe some coworkers) discussed in the interview. I’ll ask you to give them each a heads-up and permission to contact them. When I reach them, these are the questions I’ll ask:

  • In what context did you work with John? (conversation starter, memory jog)
  • What were John’s biggest strengths?
  • What were John’s biggest areas for improvement back then?
  • How would you rate John’s overall performance in that job on a 1 to 10 scale? What about his performance causes you to give that rating?
  • John mentioned that he struggled with [something] in that job. Can you tell me more about that? (next I’ll ask for examples)
  • Is John one of the best people you’ve ever worked with?

I’m looking for people who consistently get ratings of 8, 9, and 10 across my reference calls. Anything lower is a warning flag I want to look at more closely. One 6 isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker but I will want to understand why it exists.

Recruiters know that people don’t like to give negative references. They want to help former colleagues, not hurt them and they want to avoid conflict. They want to feel good about themselves and try to avoid nailing anyone with a reference.

This is why a reference who hesitates (“if… then…” qualifiers or um’s and er’s) is probably trying hard not to say something that will harm you or put him or herself at legal risk. Faint praise in a reference interview is a nail in the coffin.

A good reference on the other hand will overflow with enthusiasm and clear admiration. There won’t be any hesitation or hedging about it. There is a spark that tells the recruiter, he’s found an ‘A player’.

Now that you know our tricks, the million-dollar question is – do you know what your references are saying about you? If you don’t, it’s time to find out!

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  • This is great stuff. I’m really glad I came across it.
    One thing that puzzles me, though, is how to write a value proposition, or cover letter, using “you” twice as often as “I”.

  • Hi Sir,

    Thank you so much for the above tips. Hopefully I will be able to land a job soon using them as guide.

    Again, thank you, and I will keep you posted.

    Respectfully,

    Judith

  • A few issues. First, if you’re an er….”older” worker, don’t go back past 10 years? Really? What if the best years were 20 years ago, and life circumstances (cancer, kids) mean your employment was spotty during the past 10? Recruiters and HR need to get over their desire to hire only the young so called perfect workers.
    Second, you suggest that getting back to the person who interviewed you —you don’t address this, but a lot of HR or hiring managers are doing phone screen interviews first now — many only give you a first name. The last one of these I did, I was told not to get back to them; they would get back to me. Plus the recruiter who set up a recent call/screen/interview would only give me the interviewer’s first name. This is happening way more frequently now. Where I live —where young millenials are moving here without jobs in droves—they don’t want you getting back to them at all because they have 100s of eager young applicants and don’t want the hassle of having to say no to any of them. Literally, I am told, do not call us, we will call you if we want you.
    The popular city I have lived in for the past 25 years has become a magnate for job seekers but the cost of rent here means unless you’re being paid $60k or above you can’t afford to live here. Still, they come and the jobs get filled at around $25 to $35k for fulltime. So that’s what all of us long time residents are competing with.
    Also, the other big dilemma in Portland—employers and recruiters expect high turnover because of the pay, so they will put jobs out there that they have no intentions of filling for months on end. The last three jobs a friend of mine applied for put her through steps 1-3 in the hiring process, and then left her hanging for months. She was forced to work temp jobs because getting a commitment wasn’t happening. She finally figured out they were just waiting for their current employee to put in notice. It’s churn and burn, especially at big name employers here (Nike, Columbia, etc) and the hundreds of creative agencies vying for their work.
    Finally, this is not a one-way street. Even if you are desperate for work, it’s not worth it to accept a job for a company that treats you like the commodity that you are describing here. I would say take the job if they offer it, but keep looking. Don’t stay too long with an employer that doesn’t support and nurture your work.

  • I’m from Peru, and when I moved to the USA at age 18, I had the hardest time of my life finding opportunities. My English was not good, and that was a tough challenge to overcome. I was always insecure that people would not understand me, and many times I thought it wasn’t even worth it trying to express myself. I lost confidence, and I was losing myself. It wasn’t only the English speakers I could not understand; it was the country. I didn’t understand the system, thus, for a while, I thought I was not good enough to succeed in this country. Being in a country that you are not able to understand can be overwhelming.

    I knew learning English was the key to success in this country, but I didn’t have the money to get into ESL classes, so I decided to teach myself. I spend months watching YouTube videos and reading English books until I felt ready to go out there and find a job. I didn’t have a car, so I remember walking miles every day, sometimes through the rain, leaving my resume in every store I could. None of them called me. I thought I was a failure for coming to this country, the country of the opportunities, I wasn’t even able to find them.
    After two months of looking for jobs, I got a call to get an interview at Abercrombie at the mall. I was really nervous. I remember researching appropriated words to sound more professional during the interview and practicing all the answers. The interview turned out great. And even though I didn’t know If I did get the job or not, I felt relief. A few days later I got a call from them. I had gotten the job. I remember calling my family back in Peru because they were the ones that believed in me from the beginning. I knew it wasn’t the best job out there; it wasn’t my dream job or the best salary, but for me at that moment, it was the proof I needed to realize I could reach my goals.

    This experience taught me it’s not about being the best compared to others, but rather about comparing myself to me a couple of months ago, and see how much improvement I have made so far. I proved myself I could do it. I just had to find opportunities around me and try hard. I work for Abercrombie as a sales associate for two years. I made lots of mistakes, but most importantly, I learned a lot. Now looking for jobs, I feel more confident, more prepared and I’m not longer afraid of making mistakes. I now raise my voice when I express my ideas and I don’t let my negatives define my life. I have a new approach to life and opportunities and I think I am capable of doing whatever I set in my mind if I work hard enough.

  • Wow! This article is way too long, especially considering the focus… trying to give information on landing a job. Keep it short and TO THE POINT, which is woefully missed here. The problem with non-writers trying to write to give focused information is they write too much useless or redundant pseudo suggestions. The writer has repeated himself too many times, using different words for basically the same suggestions and has lost readers with the sheer visual amount the reader is expected to read to get to the answer(s). Think about it… hopefully you can do better.

  • I
    think this is the type of article that should be read to all graduating
    college seniors. Entering into the real world can be overwhelming and
    this article breaks down exactly step by step what we need to do once we
    are out there in it.

    I especially love that the article walks through each step of the process with bullet points on how to handle everything.

  • I believe that all of this information is quite accurate. the most relate-able information i read was in the very beginning. You need to put yourself aside when it comes to job interviews and really get into (or try to) the mind of the company you are trying to land a job/career in. If the employer sees the possible candidate as self-centered, then they will also see that person become egocentric in his/her work and only want to do what is best for themselves, rather than the company.

    I can also easily relate to this article with my current job in retail. Three years ago, when I applied for my job, I instantly got a call back asking for an interview. After my interview, I hadn’t received a call back like the hiring manager said I would, and was in fear of rejection. I was eighteen at the time and was worried about not landing an easy job, so I stayed persistent and called asking for the same manager and what the news was on my interview. This went on for about a week. Eventually it became that my paperwork wasn’t going through, and I was worried, but nevertheless, I got the job.

    As a working college student, I believe that it is important to be consistent with whatever it is you do.

  • This article is really important to read before an interview or even before applying to graduation ceremony since every college should get prepared to this time after graduation. I have experienced the bad feeling when I had applied to internships. I was so stressed I did not receive the opportunity to get an interview at least. Until I had gotten my first internship interview in my junior year of college. This article just provides some important information about my resume and what we should do after the interview.

  • As a third year undergraduate, I’m eager to find a job the right job as soon as possible. As motivated and driven as I am, I know I have no skills in job searching. I honestly really liked this article. I am an education major, so while this article focuses more on business, schools will be looking for the same things. I want to prove right away from my cover letter, resume, and interview that I am someone worth having. Schools look for exceptional teachers and I know I am capable of being exceptional. Currently, my resume and cover letter don’t show that. However, this article has already pushed me to start building my resume to reflect the career I want. My work experience has only been fast food and Starbucks; while those jobs are important, they won’t reflect how I am a good educator or how well I work with colleagues and peers.

  • For first time applicants whether in High school or after college, this article is extremely important and inspirational in a way. As a person who hasn’t had much work experience, this article cuts right to the point and gives specific, helpful information that could work at nearly an job application and interview. I know as a person who becomes very anxious over job applications and interviews, this article would have been very helpful. I feel this article should be presented in high school for students, so they don’t have to apply for jobs blindsided.

  • “I became depressed”
    As an undergraduate one of the most significant challenges I faced was being depressed. My depression developed from a combination of not knowing what I wanted to do with my undergraduate career, the pressure to choose a major and thus a career, and the high cost of attending school while not knowing how I wanted to invest my energy and money. While this crossroads in my life was not necessarily a job search at the time (although choosing the right degree is the first part of the job search) I was preparing myself mentally and emotionally for the job search I would eventually do.
    After embracing my fear of choosing the right degree, which ended up with me double majoring in Environmental Studies and Geography, I sought out to get involved on campus in sustainability and social justice organizing. I landed three different internships both on the University of Arizona campus as well as with the local Tucson community. I wanted to add to my undergraduate studies with real world experience in my field of studies.
    Looking back at my early undergraduate career at how afraid and depressed I was and most importantly how I rose to the challenge and overcame my obstacles has been an empowering thing. I am currently enrolled in the Master’s in Geography and Development Program at the University of Arizona and plan to do crucial environmental and social research. The fact that I never gave up allowed me to overcome the odds and make it to where I am at now.

  • The most effective tip from the guide was suggestion for meeting with 10 people for information interviews. Talking to people, who already work in the field, where I want to work has been very useful to me. Leveraging relationships with people and also people in their networks has allowed me to access conferences, grants, scholarships and job opportunities.

  • For me networking is the strongest tool that can be used for obtaining a job. I can’t begin to mention the amount of times I’ve been told I have an impressive resume, and how confident I felt leaving a job interview, only to be rejected. That isn’t to say that I feel you should be hired solely on who you know, but the simple truth is most companies would rather hire someone whose qualifications can be attested by a well known source then a complete stranger. Therefore if you do manage to land a job or internship, take full advantage of it by building a strong relationship with your superiors by networking. Not only will this provide you with a stronger letter of recommendation and reference for future job interviews, but it might also help you land a job in the company if you are an intern.

    Also something to always remember when applying for a job interview, is to expect and accept failure from landing the job. As the article mentions we live in an “Entitlement Generation” so don’t give up even if you’ve applied for over 100 jobs. What you should do instead is learn from it and your mistakes. If you got called for one interview after a dozen applications, look over your cover letter and see what you did differently that caught the hiring manager’s attention. If you don’t get the job, try to remember what you could have said or done differently and improve on it. Something that definitely has gotten me through school and my job search is memorization. By memorizing my answers to common questions I avoid the risk of giving an unprepared answer instead, though it is important that you make it sound as natural as possible without making it seem rehearsed.

  • Well, similar things happened to me when I got my current job… I literally spread my resume everywhere and finally got three interviews after two months, messed up one but secured the rest of two

  • I think that this is so important for young adults such as myself to learn about how to make a cover letter and resume because most of the time we are so sucked into our classes that we often forget about the real world and how important it is to be prepared. Also, when it comes to interviewing and how to behave in an interview I think it is crucial that people like myself can learn and use these tips so that I can be successful in the future. In the past I have bombed interviews because I was nervous and did not know how to act. I also did not understand how references can make or break my opportunity at getting a nicer job. In the past I have put down neighbors and friends as my references and then never got the job. This was probably not the best option for me because these people were only teenagers just like myself and could never articulate what they were trying to say and cracked under pressure. Because of this blog, I now know how important it is to be smarter about who I choose as a reference and will do so in the future.

  • The last part of this job search guide is such a different take on work because not many people think like that. “Work Smart” is something I live by because some people think you should “work hard” all the time but no, working smart is ten times better than working hard. My entire life I have been told to work hard, but no one has every told me to work smart. Working smart to me means to think deeper about my studies or what ever task is at hand.

  • For the last seven eight of my life, I have worked as a journalist in the magazine industry in Colombia. I must tell that the beginning of my career was not hard at all, since l landed my first job in a big publishing house after I completed a six months’ internship at the same company. Five years later, and a few freelance jobs on the side, I was offered a higher position in another publishing company, landing my second big job.

    Three more years in the business and I decided to take a break and embark in a new professional challenge (and a personal dream): pursuit a Master degree in Publishing at New York University. After being accepted and complete my first semester, I needed to find an on campus job, because even though my financial plan for college was fixed, living in New York City is not easy for any student.

    Here is where the real struggle started. As an international student, I was exploring a new job market with completely new conditions. I could practically say that this was my first cultural shock with the United States. Cover letters? Networking? What’s that? Things that are not part of job hunting in my country. I wish I could finish this story with a happy ending, but months have passed and I haven’t find a job. To be honest, it’s been frustrating, but this guide has showed me new strategies, so I can feel more confidence in the search. As I mentioned before, cover letters and networking are the areas I need to focus on in order to be successful in this task. I already started to put these points into practices and I hope to come back soon to this discussion with good news.

  • Interviews, a conversation that can either make or break your chance of getting employed. I hate to admit it, but when it came to my first job interview, I was ill prepared. The only positive during that interview was my wardrobe. The interviewer asked very simple questions, “why do you want this job?”, “Tell me a little about yourself.” etc. Somehow, these questions became more difficult than my calculus homework. I do not remember the exact words in my response to these questions, but I do know that I did indeed ramble. Luckily, I still got the job since it was for a cashier position meant for minors (I was a high school student at that time) and I had relatives working in that supermarket.

    When applying to other occupations, colleges and scholarships, interviews were required as well. After experiencing my first job interview, I practice answering common interview question that were found online. Here are some useful tips that I have found useful during my experiences.

    • One of the most difficult interview questions is “What are 3 strengths/weakness you possess?” I found that the best way to answer this question is to list strengths that make you suitable for the occupation that you are applying. If you applying for a secretary position, make one of your strengths be organization. As for your weakness, list weakness that can be ‘fixed’ with practice or one that does not hinder you job performance. Continuing with the secretary example, you can say you are okay with public speaking, but you lack experience in large groups more than 50.

    • Confidence is key for a strong positive impression. As mention in this guide, DO RESEARCH about the position and institution you are applying for as much as possible. With this information in your mind, you can enter a conversation with the interviewer where you are confident with your responses.

    • Lastly, try to quickly think about your response as the interviewer is asking question and a brief moment after they finish asking the question. Do not answer immediately if you do know now what your response will be, it will lead you to make an unintelligible response. Delay a bit in order to collect your thoughts, perhaps with “let see…”, this can buy a couple of seconds. Although a couple of seconds does not seem to be much time, it can lead to a better response. DO NOT delay TOO long or this can backfire.

    Hope it these additional advises helps you as much as it helped me. Good luck out there fellow job seekers, let us meet out in the professional world.

  • The most impactful line I have read throughout this webpage says “You’ve got problems I can solve — let me show you how”. This is line narrowed down the entire goal of job interviews. This is it. This is what I’m trying to prove to the recruiters. We as candidates want them to know that we are bringing something new to the table and that we have what it takes to make the company move forward regardless of problems that may arise. I plan on remembering this line as I step into my next interview. I will use this as motivation and as a goal when speaking with a recruiter. I have always had trouble knowing what to say to the recruiter or knowing what I am trying to prove. This job search guide has summarized it extremely well.

    • The last time, I tried that line, the hiring manager snapped right back with this line: “We like to solve our own problems. That’s not why we are hiring you.” So be careful with that!

  • The part about immediately searching for a job post graduation is especially important because after investing large amounts of time and money in college level education, it will not matter if you’re not proactive and are actively searching for opportunities to use what you have learned. I am learning to be more proactive and taking steps to be successful ahead of time rather than waiting for the last moment.

    Recently, I applied for multiple hospital positions for which I did not get selected for. Despite having experience in the areas that the employer was looking, the decision came down to networking. For the company, it was easier to transfer someone from a different department into the position than to hire a new face they have never met before.

    I have learned a lot from this article especially about marketing yourself. Employers do not want to hear about you ramble about yourself and how good you are but would rather want to know about what you bring to the company and how you help and fit into their goals. Researching the company and finding information about it goes a long way when it comes to an interview.

  • After reading through this I can honestly say that networking is most definitely associated with me the most. Not to long ago I was accepted to an interview for a better opportunity than what I had at the time and knowing me I grew up with a fear of talking with people I never been around with. It was like a fear for me but I always gave it my best nonetheless. In the end it was better for somebody else to gain that position and I learned to accept rejections to opportunities thrown at me. This specific topic has helped me understand that those opportunities will not be the only ones and there will always be a way of coming back from and improving the next time with even more will to succeed.

  • I found the information in this article to be extremely informative and relevant. I now know why all the jobs I apply for seem to be alluding and will take these factors into consideration my next go-around. One item that resonated with me was “research the company, the position and the management”; this idea helped me attain my first job.

    I was seventeen when I applied to work as a seasonal employee during the holidays at Sears. The manager chose said he chose to hire me despite my inexperience because I showed interest by talking about the history of the company. He saw that as a sign that I would work well even though I knew the job was temporary.

  • While looking for a job the summer before my senior year of high school, I knew that I wanted to work in the sport industry, but as a 16 year old I knew my work was cut out for me. I sent out emails with my resume to many of the local sporting news outlets, including one of my friends uncle’s who had spoke at a club I had started at school. I had his contact information and was always trying to talk to him about his company and his job. I began inquiring about a job for the summer, and he mentioned that they rarely hire high schoolers and focus mostly on college students.

    That didn’t deter me though, I keep in touch talking about sports and all sorts of different things. Eventually i brought up the idea of working with him again and he said he would let me know, It took a while but he eventually said that they would take a chance and hire me. He told me that one of the biggest reasons they hired me was because of my persistence. It goes to show that if you really want something you shouldn’t take no for an answer

  • This lesson could not have come at a better time and I can resonate with many of the items in the Interviewing section.

    First off, I was recently accepted to every graduate program I applied to and the skills listed under Interviewing are what I’m very sure led to my success. For each program I applied to, I underwent intensive research into their mission statements, their curriculum, their faculty, and conversed with current students to fully grasp the culture and what kind of people the admissions office would be looking for. Before each interview, I would sit down and make a list of my passions, my experiences, and background and compare those to the program’s vision. In this way, I was able to bring to mind any achievements that I was most proud of and able to weave authenticity into my explanation that would make me memorable to my interviewer. By having this outline and mentally rehearsing I was able to reduce my levels of anxiety and prepare myself for the most common interview questions. Furthermore, I made sure to bring a padfolio in case any new information was disclosed and came prepared with meaningful questions such as asking what it is they most loved about the program and their own background.

    Moreover, I am currently a supervisor and conduct interviews for my department. Therefore, I can understand the amount of competition when applying to a position and how there are times when we may hire the wrong people and just because they appear highly intelligent, doesn’t mean the have the best people skills. However, I think this position has led me to perfect the understanding of being forward and letting the employer know how it is I may be of service to them. This article has provided me with even more experience now that I understand how to better convey this critical idea in a cover letter.

    Finally, I will take all this advice to heart as I begin my job search once again in the next few months and hope to find something more related to my career field. It has been difficult for me trying to figure out where to start and do not want to rely on just Linked In. This has motivated me to increase my networking group and try new techniques of reaching out to employers and standing out from the beginning. I will continue to persevere until I land the best job for this moment in my life.

  • Thank you letters or emails are always essential to interviews, as I have experienced the power of them. I once went to an interview a couple years ago, and decided to send a thank you note after it finished.

    The note simply thanked the interviewer for their time and consideration for even calling me into an interview. They responded promptly with a gracious acceptance, while also thanking me for sending them a thank you email.

    And while I did not get that job, I knew from that point on that I needed to send thank you emails to my interviewer because it is the respectful thing to do. It demonstrates that I am responsible and a professional business woman. Therefore, it is more than essential to send thank you letters or emails after an interview and get in the habit of doing so in the future.

    • Many people I know in HR say the snail mailed thanks you never even make it to the hiring manager. They go straight into the shredder. When they’re in hiring mode, they simply don’t have time or don’t care to look at “not considereds.”

  • Number 13, mentions a great tip that I have never thought of and that is a thank you email after an interview. The is an example of how the lack of communication can after an interview can destroy chances of being hired.

    I have a real life experience of how I demonstrated great communication, and gained employment because of it. At a Ritz-Carlton in Arizona I worked as an outsourced employee as a valet attendant and noticed a job posting. Through face to face communication with the human resources director I obtained a footing. The job was very competitive and many were qualified for the job more than me. Communicating via email, and face to face I built a relationship with the hiring managers and I was interviewed. After the interview I sent a followed email saying thank you, and I hoped to be joining the team. This experience led me to understand how important communication and face to face communication is.

  • Forward was the section that most caught my eye. While it is important to remember that you are being evaluated (sometimes more intensely than others), it is also important to not take the employer or interviewers comments too personally. The most important thing to be in an interview is yourself, and make a case as to how you would benefit them, should you get the job. By showing up prepared and facing work with a positive attitude, not only are you more likely to make positive relationships, but you also show that you have a great work ethic. You also need to uphold your end of the deal, and work as efficiently as you said you would.

  • I remember my friend asking me what my biggest asset was. I thought for a while and named things off like my house, my vehicle, and other material things. To my surprise she said no to all of them. She said, your most valuable asset is YOU! You are the one that has worth and talents that employers are looking for. Honestly, I had never thought about it that way. I started to think about my job as a teacher. The more experience I have the more valuable I am as a teacher. If I invest in myself I become more valuable as a person. If I am respectful, honest, efficient and joyful I am an asset to my employers. Without me the job doesn’t get done. So I will continue to invest in myself and my talents by growing in the areas that need improvement. I will seek knowledge and advice from mentors.

  • I was applying to a dental office after completing my dental assisting course a few weeks prior. I knew that I wanted to go into the dental field, but my best bet of truly knowing was to try it out for some time. I had never had experience in a dental office, nor a medical environment at all. I had worked retail since the moment i received working papers in my junior year of high school. I had applied to multiple offices at the time and got a few calls back, some strictly wanted me just to come in and help out without pay. That was the ultimate shock to me, no pay? My mind went wild, that made no sense to me. After I had spent a good amount of money on a dental assisting course, and someone wanted to pay me nothing? I quickly ran from that situation! Then, came my favorite part of this story. I received a phone call from this well known dental office about 30 minutes away from my house. I was ecstatic! Come to find out they, they only wanted someone that was bilingual, and although I may not look fully hispanic, I most definitely am, and proud of it! I walked in and they made me read a sample script to see if my accent was up to par and than they quickly offered me close to nothing. I was hurt but not discouraged because what it all came down to was knowing my worth.
    There is only so much you can display to someone before they hire you. Being presentable, approachable and friendly. You need to be the package deal, but in the sense that you are providing all of that than you should be compensated for it as well. it was in that moment that I realized that I needed more than just a dental assisting degree, I needed to be someone of more worth to some others eyes. It is sad, because I look at people no different just because of the career that they may have chosen. We all are in the place that we need to be and in time people will come to understand that more as well. Now I am currently enrolled in a dental hygiene program and I can already say that I have received much more respect and it does feel good, although it comes with a price. It is worth it, but hopefully someday someone can see that we are all worth the money, whether or not I have more schooling than the person next to me.

  • I enjoyed reading about the interviewing section. This segment provides great tips and advice before and during the interviewing process. I have researched the company, position, and management before the interview to be more prepared and aware of my future in the company. I ask several questions not only for myself, but also so the company notices my interest. I never thought about sending a thank you e-mail the same day or contact the interviewer regularly for updates. This is a great point and I will do this in the near future.

  • I totally agree with this article.

    As a freshman in college, something I am already worried about is getting a career in my career field. Although education is always a demanding field, something can happen within the next four years until I graduate that can ultimately impact my chanced of getting a job. I have applied to numerous jobs in the past to build up my resume and usually get them.

    I am a total people person and I have no problem talking to new people or customers. However, because of this reputation and streak of earning jobs on the spot, I tend to put myself down when I don’t get hired on the spot.

    Because of this article, I have learned numerous things from this article to help me continue earning jobs quickly. By creating strong references and a great looking resume. By learning these lessons now while I am in college, they will definitely help me after.

    Thank you for sharing this!!

  • This article has some excellent advice for job searching. I just started college this semester and have been looking for a job all semester and while I have gotten a job and internship for next semester, I have not been able to get one for this semester nor the summer. Though two jobs have offered me a position, due to being unable to pay me and miscommunication, both companies took the positions back.

    Not having a job and running low on money is a hard hit, especually when I was so close to having a job twice. This can make me wonder what I’m doing wrong or what is wrong with me that i cannot get a job. Even loosing the jobs that I know was not my fault, such as the two that I lost due to corporate issues, I still felt like there was something wrong with me and that I will not get job. This article has given me some advice that helps build my confidence back up and reminds to not take it personally that I am not getting hired. This was a good reminder of several thins to do when looking for a job, like getting feedback and knowing the company, that will hopefully allow for me to get a job here soon.

  • It is hard to find a decent paying job when you have no idea what you want to do with your life, and no experience in any type of professional field. This summer, the first summer after my first year of college, I wanted to find a job that would keep me on my toes, but also pay me well enough. I applied to over 30 different places, just hoping for a call back. I probably got about five calls back, and only one of those places needed summer help…so I had to settle for a job at Office Depot. This was not the ideal job I had in mind, but I couldn’t complain because I was only looking for a temporary job for the summer, which is more selective when job searching.

    But what I’ve realized through this experience, is that I can’t expect to have a great paying job right away, and I can’t expect to do what I really want to do right away. However, the experiences I will make at Office Depot are experiences that I can only learn from. I can use these lessons in future jobs and classes that I pursue, helping me in the long run. It is all a learning experience.

  • As a current student still deciding on the right career path, this article was helpful in understanding what I should be working on to improve the likelihood of being hired. One of my biggest fears is to be unemployed after years of schooling and preparation. I am relieved to know that this it is not uncommon and that there is a way to better my chances of success.

  • I agree 100%! As a college student I think this information is what makes or break any of these students when they re-enter the real world. As a past FFA member I agree that these key points are a beyond important skill to have. Many people don’t realize these tips, but the few do are they people on top. Even after years of knowing this, even I see points that I have missed like the strength my cover letter and references should have. I see this and I will change it up immediately because since I am in pursuit of a position in a high end business, I want to make sure my information is up to date using the information above. This is the key that separates the people that ge the job and don’t!

  • It was very reassuring to read The Complete Job Search Guide. Hearing the cold-hard-honest-truth was refreshing, and it gave me hope that I can accomplish my career goals. Finding jobs can be very intimidating, especially when you feel like you suck and nothing will ever come of your application. This reading has shown me that it does not matter how unsuccessful you have been in the past; you can still change for the better and transform yourself into the high-energy, promising candidate every great company is looking for.

  • This guide was extremely helpful and important. I recently went through the job application and interview process for the first time myself and found it daunting. While the application part was not the worst, from there I was very out of my depth.

    The only resumes I had ever written were academic and volunteer ones. I was not sure whether these would even be appropriate. During the interview process, I kept thinking back to my scholarship interviews and their process but honestly those did not help. This article would have been able incredibly helpful for me then.

    I will definitely be saving this and putting this to good use once I apply for another job.

  • This was a great read and never gets old!! I’ve been working nearly 10 years now since graduating from college and am on the job hunt. As soon as I started to get interviews, I noticed how weak my interviewing skills were, particularly my confidence in sharing what it is that I’ve done and what I am capable of. Interviews are your time to shine, yet I’ve yet to land that dream position. From the get go, I think one of the most important things is to apply to things that you really care about and would love to do – if not, nothing will come off as genuine and you’ll definitely find difficult connecting once you get a recruiters call. Once you’re in for an interview, prepare, prepare, prepare. The difficult questions are always going to be asked – prepare your examples on how you experienced, handled and broke through with positive results. Businesses want to hire individuals that can convey how specific experiences allowed them to excel – after all, they want to continue excelling too. Prepare your questions to ask interviewers as well! I’ll have to remember to treat every interview individually since research has to be done from company, interviewer, and specific positions asks. Thank you for the awesome tips! Hopefully my next round, I’ll be the number one pick!

  • Interviewing, interviewing, interviewing; to be or not to
    be?

    It really doesn’t matter about anything else, you can have
    the best resume, be dressed in gold or have letters of recommendations from the
    president. If the person interviewing you doesn’t like you or deems you
    incompatible with their company, forget about it! Read the myths you like or
    not, this is the truth. I used to be a manager and it was all about whether the
    person was a good fit and if the person could or would follow position guidelines.

    Being the best that you can while remaining genuine is the
    best policy always. I would rather take someone off the street that was
    trainable then choose from a stack of applicant that could be left unattended
    or wasn’t punctual. Do you need the job, do you want the job and how would you
    contribute once you had this job; all are the questions needed to be asked to
    determine whether or not a candidate will last or is short lived.

    Professionalism, clear speech and honest go further than
    anything, when answers are unknown, say that you don’t know but are willing to
    find out on your own time. Most people make things up and jaw jack their butt
    off. Worst mistake ever!!

  • I think the one thing that strikes fear during the job seeking process is being rejected. No one ever wants to be rejected, because well it doesn’t feel great or fit into your future plans. However, being rejected often leads to better outcomes in the future. Of course when your mom tells you everything will be fine after a bad interview, you do not want to believe it. But I would like to think I am a firm believer in “when one door closes, another one opens.” Everything happens for a reason, even if we can’t see that reason right away. You just have to trust the process and know eventually something will come your way.

    Last summer I decided it would be smart to make some money of my own before I made the big move to college. I had previously worked as a barista for a cafe and babysat for neighbors, but other than that I did not have much work experience. My days as a barista were fun, but also very stressful due to the thousands of different drinks, syrups, and pastries (oh my!). A friend from high school had been working as a hostess at a local restaurant and told me I should apply. She set me up with her bosses contact information and I began to work up a resume. As I mentioned before I did not have much work experience prior to this application, however I added my school accomplishments, such as being a co valedictorian, landing an internship through my school with a non profit organization, graduating with honors, and many others. I submitted my resume and cover letter and patiently waited for a response. Well, patiently until she never responded.

    I reviewed my resume over and over, trying to figure out why she had not even responded to let me know she received it. To summarize, she never responded. I asked my friend if she knew why, and she said she was looking for someone with more experience. Although I understood that concept, I did not understand how anyone was suppose to gain experience if no one gave them the chance too. In this scenario, I had the resume, the cover letter, the achievements, and the networking, but did not even end up with an interview. I was upset mainly because I did not know what to do differently and worried about future job searches when the job decided my career.

    This article helps to see what the employers are going through during the interview process. This semester gave me the opportunity to join a sorority, which provides me with an amazing outlet for networking. Additionally, as I work toward my degree, work study jobs on campus allow me to gain experience without affecting my education schedule. Finally, I learned it is important to take the smaller jobs to start because those are what gain you experience to show future employers and sometimes getting rejected provides a beneficial lesson in the workforce.

  • I really had trouble having a job, I joined the military a few years ago. But what is trouble some is that I would to exit someday and that the scary part is that I may not be able to transfer my experience into the civilian market. I do have some “what if” at times, but right now I’m fine where I’m at.

  • Fresh out of high school a lot of the jobs you are offered are not what you want or had in mind. The pay in one job is not good, the commute in another is not worth it, or the position is not what the advertisement was. In high school they never thought me how to prepare for an interview, what was expected of me or what to write on a resume. I have never had horrible job seeking moments but I have had applied to a position which at first sounds interesting but after a day or two the positions or the company was not what you had in mind

    When I graduated from high school I knew I had to get a job I immediately went online and looked at companies that were hiring. I found two place. One was sales the other was canvassing, I was successful in landing a position in both places but the position that I had was not what I was lead to believe. It is important to research the companies and making sure that their values are yours as well. I failed to do that I was so eager to land any job that I forgot to take my time and make sure that they were what I was looking for.

    Preparing not only your resume but also your background knowledge is equally important and making sure that that company is right for you.

  • I teach at a high school and I am going to have my students read this and make a plan! I think this article conveys how much our future generation needs to learn!

  • I have personally not been through anything like this before; however, after reading this article, now I have a better understanding of what companies are looking for in the applicants. I, as a college student, should start looking into the different jobs that will be available by the time I graduate or almost at the time of graduation, and start preparing all the requisites needed.

    I believe that it could potentially be hard for me to find a job because I could get to be very picky when it comes to choosing times for my schedule and the distance from my area.

  • Job search is a truly miserable task and takes hard work and dedication. This article really has it all, in my experience I have been working in jobs that are just awful and of course do not want to be working at for the rest of my life. The article has great tips on finding ways to dominate the competition, how to start out right and have a strong finish, and of course how to really put in work and passion into the dream job you have always wanted.

  • I’m currently looking for a part-time job while I study to earn some money before I transfer to another university to get better education. I have already applied for almost 9 job positions and I’m still going to be applying for more. But thanks to this article there’s one big thing I forgot to do that could sell myself for a good first impression, and it’s the cover letter. Right when I get of the browser, the first thing I’m going to do is start to elaborate and make a cover letter so I can attach it to my job applications.

    Thanks to this article I feel very motivated and more confident of getting a job. I also feel happy because now I can feel that I might be able to land a job much more.

  • When I graduated from college I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I was dead set on getting into graduate school; I told myself I wouldn’t accept anything less than a full tuition waiver and a PhD. A perfect example of millenial entitlement.

    I ended up taking miscellaneous classes at my community college for 2 years, and finally started to applying to jobs after being rejected from several graduate schools. Apparently I sucked at both types of applications! Many interviewers were impressed with my resume, but many couldn’t get passed that one glaring flaw; two years of a lapse in employment. Even though I was employed, it wasn’t in my degree field. My degrees essentially had expired.

    I have spent the last 16 months undergoing several lower-limb surgeries, and this has given me time for self reflection and career evaluation. I need to return to school. I may even need to change careers since the nature of my surgeries may not allow me to work in a standing position for prolonged periods. I have been accepted to attend a Master’s program, and this time I will learn from my mistakes.

  • I feel like this article really illustrates what the person on the other side of the interview is thinking because a lot of the time I do think to myself “I’m a hard worker, I have experience, why would they not want me?” but I don’t know what the interviewer wants to hear. I applied for an internship position at the national parks of San Francisco and although I was definitely qualified for this position I only talked about my experience and my education instead of giving them the “you have problems, I have solutions” spiel. Now I know. I need to talk about how I can be of use, how I can help/improve the company I want to work for. Thank you for sharing!

  • I feel that, when it comes to job searching, my greatest weakness is in the interview itself. At one point in the last few years I was without a job for several months. During this 3 month period I had applied to at least two job listings a day. I had had help looking over my resume and I had written a cover letter. In my mind, I had done all of the preparation I needed.

    I was able arrange interviews with multiple companies over this period but, for some reason, I never received any callbacks. Despite my thoughts of inadequacy, I hoped, at the time, that maybe it was merely coincidence. However, after the fourth interview or so, I realized that I was indeed the problem. As much as I liked to think that I was prepared, I would always babble or hesitate when answering questions. I believe that this was out of fear.

    Another area where I struggle, regarding the job search process, is in the acquisition of references. I never know who to ask, or even how to ask someone to be a reference. I had taken a three year long break in between jobs in order to do some self-reassessing and I no longer maintain any real connection to my previous coworkers from the former job. My last job was within a company that was, and this is from an objective standpoint, utterly dysfunctional to its core and while I may have a few contacts there, I am not sure who would be a good candidate to ask to be put down as a reference.

    This article has helped really look critically at myself and my preparation (or lack thereof) for job interviews. I always looked for a set of guidelines or a ‘rulebook’ as to what to do, how to know when I am prepared, and to help me identify what I was doing wrong. This article, particularly the sections about interviewing and references, have really given me much to think about. Through understanding more about what I need to change to be successful, I believe I can make interviewing into more of a strength of mine rather than a limitation. Hopefully, I will be able to either regain contact with former coworkers or try to determine who will be a strong reference for me.

  • Everything about this article is true. It is all necessary for success. Some important things are to make sure you keep your resume and cover letter to the point and not try to glorify things. It’s important to put all your past jobs on your resume and make sure you have great references.

  • I believe everything posted on this page is very resourceful to any student who is aiming to go to a university and hopefully better their lives through their education. Though I do believe that attending a university is much more than acquiring a title and getting some job. To me, school was always a form of broadening my understanding not only of my courses and assignments but of the colleagues around me. It’s amazing to see how many people you go to school with and what their goals and dreams are. Everyone has their own story, whether it be similar to yours or the complete opposite. In the end, everyone you meet or approach, is there at school for one reason, to LEARN. I went to a public high school in Ocoee, Florida and while I was there, I did not only identify myself and make many friends In the process but I was always motivated by all the friends and aquaitances I met who were willing to make a difference not for any financial profit, but for the impact. There were some many kids (at the time), who had such beautiful goals to help their home nation’s, states, and/or cities, and they could care less for the title or money they would get in return. In turn the only thing they really needed was themselves and their voices. It is quite moving and shows you that all these materialistic views that constantly try to pull and drag young people in, don’t matter at all. My advice is to strongly ignore the made up world of “Reality” television and worry not of how much money you will have, or which designer brand you are wearing, but instead worry about who needs help and why?, Who does not have enough and how you can possibly help? Worry more about educating yourself and getting out there in the world to better understand why people have the views they do. Life is a beautiful thing but many of us don’t get a chance to really live it all because we are worried about who is watching, and how we look, and who should we be friends with and blah blah blah. don’t worry, everything comes and goes and you really only have one choice, to continue moving FORWARD!

  • I have been at my current job fro 10 years and have been applying for jobs for the last 4 years to try to get a job where my skills can better be utilized. At times I get depressed and discouraged because I have filled out hundreds of applications over 4 years and have not received one call back or interview. You start to question your self and the previous job choices that you have made and if that is the reason why?

  • I have to say that I wish I read this before. I myself found interviews to be really hard and I feel like I should have research the job before I got interviewed since they ask questions about the information they had on their website so I ended up not getting the job.

  • When I graduated from high school I did not have a lot of confidence in myself and I was terrified of people. I knew I needed to get a job because that is what people did when they graduated. A friend of mine and I applied to the same place together, within a week she got a call for an interview which led to her getting the job. I wonder why I did not get a call like her because our applications where virtually the same. Later she told me that the hiring manager had said she remembered her because of her bright smile she had. I was a little discouraged about my failure, but failure has always prompted me to strive for success.

    I applied to more places, but in the back of my mind there was one place in particular that I really wanted to work at. I did not know anything about the workforce, so I went in blind and determined to get the job. I thought, “If I put in more effort then maybe they will hire me.” The day after I submitted my application I called and ask to speak to the manager and introduced myself. Then I told him that I had recently submitted an application. He replied back that he had my application on file. I then asked him if we could set up an interview date to which he told me to call back later. I did not know what he meant by later and waited another week before he called me to schedule and interview. I did not immediately get the job due to a switch in managers and ended up having to interview two more times before I landed the job.

    After getting my first job, each job after that I immediately was hired for within a week of applying. I’m not sure if I was doing the right thing or not. I just went into interview after interview with all of my social awkwardness and did the best that I could to communicate and answer the questions. Right now I am a big point in my life as the years count down to getting closer to starting my career. There is a lot of information in here that I feel will really effect the outcome of my future career. Before hand the kind of jobs I worked where ones where they had extremely high turnover rates, but in the future, I expect to stay there indefinitely. This article makes me realize there is so much that I need to work and and prepare for and how much I really do not know about the workforce still. I recently made my very first resume and submitted it to the college I will be attending next fall and I feel now that it may have been to unprofessional and laid back as far as writing style goes.

  • When I was in high school, I was in the Academy of Finance, one of the requirements of the class was to get an internship, or a job. I began to apply for jobs at the very beginning of the summer before my senior year. When I first began to apply, I was easily discouraged, because none of the employers ever got back to me after I had submitted my resume. Halfway through the summer I decided to give it a shot again, but this time I tweaked my resume and decided to go in and personally talk to the managers when giving businesses my application.
    Surely within a week I received a call from the owner of ColdStone, we set up an interview for that same day. I was a nervous wreck going into the interview, it was after all my very first job interview. I decided that I was not going to let my anxiety get in the way of getting this job, I walked in with confidence, shook the manager’s hand and got right to the interview. I got the job, and worked at ColdStone for a year. If I had not gone over my resume the second time along, gone in to personally hand the manager my resume, and had been sure of my abilities during the interview, I’m sure I would not have even gotten the interview, let alone the job.
    Now that I’m in college, it has been a lot harder to get a job, because of the high demand for jobs. However my school, UCF, has a great Career Services Center. It has been preparing me to get a paid internship, which is my first career goal. They offer mock interviews, they look over resumes, every aspect of the job search that Eric Shannon talks about is fortified at the school’s career services. This shows how important it is to have a resume that sticks out, it emphasizes how important it is to have proper job seeking etiquette, like sending a thank you email after the interview. If the same advice keeps on showing up, it means that they are crucial in the process of landing that dream internship that could possibly become the job after college.
    I am very excited to put everything I have learned into action this semester on my quest for an internship!

  • One of the things that I have always struggled with is interviewing. I am a generally humble person and have a hard time talking myself up to other people, especially if I have never met them before. One of the things that I have really had to learn is how to sell myself. I found it easier to do when I did it indirectly, meaning that I did not come out and say “I’ve done this that was so great” but rather explained experiences that I’ve had and how I affected others through those experiences. It has always been easier when I the interviewer asks me a question directly about somethings I have done instead of me bringing it up. Through several interview experiences I have learned how to better sell myself without sounding like I am bragging.

    Another thing I have struggled with is being relaxed in an interview. I feel like I should always have great posture and be looking at the person directly all the time. I have found that it makes the interview easier for me and for the interviewer when I relax a little bit. I have also learned that it is important to make a connection with the interviewer as soon as possible. The more that you have in common with them the easier the interview will go and it becomes easier to tailor answers to the way that they want to hear them. Being well prepared, relaxed, and finding commonalities all make an interview more nature and it will generally go better.

  • College is arguably one of the most intense, exciting, and stressful times in a person’s lifetime. There are tests, quizzes and let’s not forget about the long hours of reading a text book that’s font is also small. The universe looks like it cannot stop throwing stones in your path. As a young lady growing up in one of the worst parts of Chicago college was but a dream to me. Now, I’m here. Although, my nights are filled with paper cuts from index cards and migraines from staring at my textbooks I know that it will all pay off. I will be the first in my family to attend college and my father will be so proud of me.

    I have always been afraid of giving my dad because we are so close. I have gotten over that fear and realized no matter where I go that he will forever be with me. Sadly, I have acquired a new fear. I work on campus at the SXU call center and I call Alums all the time. After a whole semester of learning how they cannot donate because they are unemployed, that has become my new fear. What do I do if I cannot find employment? How am I going to pay off my student loans? This website has not made this fear go away, but it has lessened it. I now have a strategy. I have an idea of how to get the odds in my favor.

    As a college student, I found this really helpful. This is great information that I can use when I am applying for internships in the coming years. The section I found the most helpful was the part of networking. Often, people forget that networking is every bit important as performing well in an interview. Networking helps because you make connections, and it opens door you never imagined could open.

  • I think if you continue to work on job skills, such as people skills, learn new things, ask for feedback from any employers on how to continue to improve and to never give up. These skills will continue to develop over time. I went on several job interviews will no luck. It doesn’t help much when you’ve been out of the workforce for many years.

  • For my first ever job interview, I could not stop babbling. I was so nervous and whenever there was a moment of silence, I felt the extreme urge to babble so the interviewer wouldn’t think I was too quiet. I definitely didn’t feel like I was being myself and it was obvious that I was very nervous. I tended to go off on tangents that I thought would connect nicely to what was being asked during the interview but at the end I could tell that I was saying too much. I hardly asked any questions about the company or what a normal shift would look like. All of these errors were because of how nervous I was!

    I especially enjoyed the section in this article specifically talking about interviewing because it will come extremely handy in the future when I am interviewing for medical school and medical license panels. The tips offered specifically about knowing about the company is extremely important and will help me stand out from other prestigious applicants that are applying as well. My first job interview is the perfect definition of what not to do during an interview and I’m glad I have read this article now to help improve on my skills in building my future!

  • I thought the interview section was so important. As a freshman in college, I am starting to look for more intern or job opportunities. I have learned everything about calculus, the civil war, and proper grammar, but I never learned how to properly act in an interview. This made me more confident going into interviews and giving me the tips I believe I need to succeed.

  • One of the hardest things for me when interviewing is not letting my nerves get the best of me. I feel like I can get overly peppy and perhaps be a little fake during interviews. This article was interesting because I like how it emphasized not being overly generic, being unique with your work stories and genuine is what can make you stand out from others.

    Also I think this article calls my attention to the fact that spending that extra time to really pursue the job ,by for example, writing a follow up thank you email or researching the company is a surprisingly small step that can make a big difference. Makes me realize that sometimes the things I overlook are actually the ones that can tip that scale in my favor.

  • When applying for jobs, I always think that putting little things on resumes won’t count – my 6 years working at a summer camp, my technical skills on the computer, my extracurriculars. But I think employers do want to see a well-rounded resume, these things included. I feel like I do not sell myself enough on resumes simply for lack of wanting to talk about myself in a praising way.

    I applied to about fifteen jobs the summer before my senior year in high school and I heard back from one. I took the job and really enjoyed it. It was a learning experience as well as a fun job to have. I was able to employ my bilingual skills, become approachable and flexible, and have a social experience throughout my job. I didn’t think I wanted to work at this place, and was disappointed when they were my only response. But the job taught me great values that I can carry over to many other jobs. Similarly, I developed great relationships with my managers and bosses, and I still use them for references to this day.

  • Forward. That section spoken out to me than all the other ones. I’ve always told myself “move forward” when things do not go my way or I do not get the job that I wanted. Sometimes you just have to move forward and believe that God has a better and bigger plan for you. Sometimes, doors will be close on you but bigger and greater doors will open and with those open doors will come is greater opportunities.

  • I am going to be applying for internships in the near future. Your interview tips are very helpful and I’m sure they will be useful as I interview with businesses and government entities to gain experience. I have printed a copy of your article to use to prepare for interviews as they arise. Thanks!

  • This article was a wake up call. Taught me many thing, most of which I’ve experienced already. Great advise to those who need guidance.

  • I have learned a lot from the story. Even though I may face dark times in my future life but my dreams and goals will always be my company and push me further on the road i chose to walk.

  • This was so eye opening. I never really thought about the amount of time it took to find a job as well as all the work that goes into it. I have only applied to a job once last summer which I did not get but I honestly did not put too much time into my application, thinking that it would not be that hard to get hired. One thing in this article that really stuck with me is networking. Adults have told me that it is important but it never really hit me how important it really is. We live in a competitive world and you can do everything right but if you don’t network it’s going to be hard to get yourself somewhere or ahead of others.

  • I have had the same job since I was a sophomore in high school and am currently a sophomore in college. My job was not an easy or glamorous one and after working there for about a year I was ready to move on. I applied at several restaurants and stores but received no feedback from any of them. I started to think that I was doomed to stay at my high school job for the rest of my life.

    During this time, I was unsure about my career path. What did I want to be “when I grew up”? The closer I got to my high school graduation, the more people asked me that question and it wasn’t until I made that important decision that things began to fall into place.

    I did not give up looking for a job and eventually, an internship that related to my degree, came to my attention. I met all of the criteria, applied, and was interviewed. I waited for what seemed like forever for an answer from my potential employer and, after about a week, received a call stating that I got the job.

    In the “Forward” section of this lesson, one of the points discussed is “Know Yourself.” For the longest time I did not know what I wanted to do for the rest of my life and that indecision contributed to my difficulty in finding a new job. Once I figured out who I was and what I wanted, the opportunity presented itself.

  • I have applied five times now to the same place (As well as several more to others) and I have yet to receive a call back. I have fixed my resume numerous times, had it checked by others, the whole nine yards. I know it’s me, but I don’t know what to do. I’m bilingual, do good in school, volunteer, have full availability on weekends, but still nothing. I know kids who simply don’t care and are able to bounce from job to job. I know I can never be a perfect match for everyone but for not even one to react in any way seems kind of ridiculous

  • A few years ago after earning my first degree and occupational license I found myself calling a relative in my country of birth after an extensive search for work in my field. After many Resume mail outs, many interviews in occupations in related fields and after much networking it was obvious that because of my lack of recent work experience in my field of study I needed to leave the country to find work in my field of study Somewhere where my training and education would be needed. Fortunately for me such a place was within reach.
    As I look back at this period in my life, the things that I learned both on the job as well as off the the job has given me great satisfaction in knowing that persistence, along with broadening one’s horizons can make a big difference in finding employment.

  • Follow the steps in this site, work hard and prepare yourself for the right opportunity. We can make our dreams become a reality if we just try hard!

  • After having read this article, I can see just how many flaws I have in job searching. I have a resume that is alright at best but I have no experience in cover letters. I also realize that being socially recluse is not going to benefit me in any way, although I have no idea how to break that barrier. I am 33-years-old and I just want to find my career so I can start a retirement and retire by the time I am 65-years-old.

  • I have gotten email after email saying about the same thing ” thank you for your interest in our company. Unfortunately we did not pick you”. It frustrates me because I know that I am more then qualified for the jobs I applied for. I applied at a retail store recently in which I mentally and physically prepared for the interview such as; going over questions, proper speech, tone, appearance, and even building a strong resume. When I went in to the interview I felt like nothing can come way that I couldn’t conquer. I was more prepared then a kid taking a test with the answers right under my paper.
    I went through with the interview and I felt great coming out. Although, I waited three days before calling to see the status of the interview, they tell me to call next week and they should already have come up with a decision. So I follow up the following week, it was then I got the dreaded email that I was not considered for hire. I was so confused I said everything right, qualified in every level and still didn’t get picked. This article helped me to not get discouraged but to try different approaches for each job I applied for

  • Hello,

    I found this article to be extremely helpful given my recent circumstances, I was in an accident and had to leave my part-time job in order to recover. I have always worked a part-time job while going to college and I feel somewhat strange now that I can walk again and I am not working.

    I am currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in animation and I thought that my recent stint of unemployment could be the perfect time for me to look for a job that is related to the industry that I am going into. I think that the best advice given in this article was about the attitude you possess while looking for employment, If you are not interested in a job then the person interviewing you can probably read that on your face like a book. You have to be persistent if you want to have a career that makes you happy and part of that is being prepared. I am preparing myself by polishing my interview skills and the materials needed to start my search for a job that I will adore, long before my graduation.

    It is so important not to put all of your eggs in one basket when prospecting for a job and you should really try to find opportunities in various ways. Not everyone selects their candidates online, on paper or through newspapers so you should be aware of this when you are looking for work.

    Cover letters should always address the needs of the company and when constructing one you should try not to sound boastful. Resumes are also more likely to make an impression if they are short and to the point with much emphasis on your accomplishments. I am learning about all of this right now because I am receiving help from a career advisor at my school so that my interview materials are of good use.

    As an animation student I cannot stress enough about the importance of networking, after all it really is who you know that helps most people land their dream job. I know that my entrepreneurial dreams will never become a reality without finding the right people on websites like Linked-in that are working for the companies that I admire the most. I have also learned from a previous speech class that confidence will sell you at the interview, try standing up straight in front of a mirror for a minute before an interview, it should help boost your confidence and prepare you. Also remember that a company will only hire you if they see some benefit of you joining their team, it is not about you but them after all.

  • I applied for a job straight out of high school. It was a job I really wanted because it had flexible hours and great pay! I got a call to come in for an interview that following Friday, well I thought it was that following Friday but I was wrong. I showed up to this huge home office building awaiting my interview. I waited for two hours after checking in a no one ever came to get me. Finally, a women in human resources called me in to inform me that I had my days mixed up and my interview was the next Friday. I was so humiliated that I was afraid to come back for the actual interview but I did.

    The day of the actual interview I was so nervous but I kept telling myself that if this doesn’t work out, you’ll just have to move on to a different option. The woman who interviewed me was very polite but very professional. I took a high school course on job interviews and the whole time I was trying to remind myself to be cool, calm, and confident. I was honest about my weaknesses but I also emphasized my strengths. In the end, I just told the truth of how much I wanted and needed this job.

    About 2 days later I got a call on my way to school telling me I had the job. The woman who interviewed me would actually be my reporting supervisor. She was so impressed that I was honest with her and that I was confident enough to explain my weaknesses but yet my willingness to improve them. The best part was she ended the conversation by saying that she knew she was going to offer me the job before I even started the interview. She claimed any person willing to show up a week early for an interview and wait that long, was someone she needed on her team.

    The moral of the story is even though we mess up and humiliate ourselves sometimes, its all about how we react to the situation. Sometimes the little things are what others notice most.

  • The title that caught my attention was interviewing. I have done this recently and I have to say I did take it a step further this time than I have in the past. I researched the company looking over their mission statement, vision, and what some of the different beliefs and short statements made by management down to the regular staff. In my interview I was able to use these different things to my advantage. I was able to seem very confident and what the company could do for me, and importantly what I could do to lift the company up as well. I was confident, if I did not have an answer to the question I simply put it in my own words and stuck to the very basis of their vision and mission statements. I did also follow up with emails after the interview to thank them all for the time they spend with me. I also added I look forward to talking with you again, this is a way to have them think of you as already a part of the team.

  • I believe that getting a great job is based on your drive. Coming from a younger generation , I know the pool of employment has changed. Applicants must equip themselves with knowledge EXPERIENCE, TACT, and drive to continue to progress. Opportunities are given, they are sought.

  • This article has very important points that every person should know and I feel better prepared because I know things from a different point of view now

  • I loved reading the article in its entirety because these are all important things that we will or should assist us in the work force. Now that I think about this, these topics should be things that are taught in high schools to get these young children ready for the real world because some children choose not to enroll in a university.

    The University of Phoenix offers great tools to assist with creating goals for ourselves, writing a captivating resume, how to dress the part, getting ready for the interview process, and many more. I feel that using the tools the university offers as well as reading the article above will help me excel with having an excellent resume, knowing how to better myself during an interview, and just being optimistic about the whole process

  • This story can apply to anyone looking into their first job or getting restless in their current job. I remember being a sophomore in high school and looking for a job at 16 and always being turned away buy 18 I wouldn’t take no for an answer. I found “networking” or kissing up to be the only way some one give you a shot. After getting a job I found that working the worst shifts was the next step to entering the work force. This included every holiday, closing shifts, and getting denied for vacation time requests.

    Overall, I learned to have a strong resume, always be friendly to strangers, and to stay in school.

  • I was out of the job for several months, depressed, desperate. No call backs or interviews. I then decided to start fresh. My resume had to be updated, it was bland, boring, lengthy and I made it as an assignment in high school. I refreshed it, highlighted skills, accomplishments, and accolades. Next time I sent it in I got an immediate call back. Its important to tailor resumes for the position you are applying for.

  • I am pursuing a career as a classical musician. Jobs are scarce in general but even for lower level professional orchestras, they want to see a full resume. It’s hard to make it in this industry as is but it’s even harder when you’re starting from the bottom and don’t qualify for the smallest jobs. You just have to practice, be as involved in extra ensembles and competitions as possible, practice some more, and just work your butt off.

  • I found these site very helpful and extremely informative. I think it is a great place to look for opportunities. Instructions are simple and clear. Very easy to follow.

  • I especially appreciated the section on interviewing. Since I am currently a freshman college student, I have not had much job experience but I have done several interviews. Before my interview, my mother always had me look up information about the place I was applying to, even if it was a small local restaurant. She let me know what kind of questions would be asked. One thing mentioned here that I have also been told to do but always felt odd doing was asking questions. I always had the mindset that I was the one being asked questions, it’s not my place to ask the interviewer questions! After reading this, I’m glad to see that is a very good thing to do during an interview. Another thing mentioned that I had never thought to do was write a short email thanking the recruiter for the interview! I do believe that would leave a really good impression. I will definitely remember these tips for my future interviews!

  • There are three main themes from the lesson that aligned with my experience of getting a recent internship. I regularly utilize the career services in my school when preparing for a job because it is essential that I learn from a person’s feedback. When I was applying for an internship, I met with someone from the career services who gave me feedback by telling me the truth about my interviewing skills. The person’s feedback made my interviewing practice more organized. Next theme is being persistent. After the internship interview, the supervisor called me to let me know that certain requirements were not going to be met for me to do my internship at their organization. Although I was told this unfortunate information, I instantly thought not to give up on this great internship opportunity. As a result, I spoke to the supervisor with authenticity in regards to working something out together. The supervisor and I got in contact with the director of my program to agree on a way to do my internship. Having persistence helped me get the internship. Another theme is sending a thank you note to the employer. In person, I went to drop off my thank you letter after the interview. Showing continuous interest in the employer through gratitude is a necessary skill in job applicants.

    Furthermore, after reading the article, I reminded myself the importance of not only concerning of one’s needs when applying for a job but caring about the employer’s needs. The lesson in this article emphasizes the process of what a company goes through when recruiting and interviewing people. As a result, I empathized with the process. Also, I believe that offering the sense of working as a team along with empathy represents a positive outlook throughout job interviews. Therefore being empathetic towards the company’s needs is a meaningful lesson that I will carry with me when job searching.

  • One thing I have learned is to always stay professional, yet relaxed so that a recruiter can see who you are. Recruiters try to identify with the applicant as much as they can as the guide said. I had an experience last year while applying to internships and attending an engineering conference. A lot of recruiters have limited time so they quickly look at your resume and then decide if you are worth their time or not. It just so happened that my resume was clean (as stated in guide) and included things not many people had done before. The recruiter asked me questions about my experiences and identified with me on my disposition and activities which led to a lengthy talk and an interview. He noticed me and continued to spend his time with me because I was agreeable to him and he felt that I was a reasonable candidate due to my professional yet relaxed persona.

    I also have gotten interviews from companies that no one has heard about or knows, yet they offer great opportunities. A thriving company can be riding on success, yet is relatively unknown. I applied for jobs for huge companies on their websites or internet sites with job opportunities. I never received replies from those companies as there is much competition. I kept applying anyway. One site I never thought about that ended up having a few jobs is craigslist. Craigslist and even local newspaper ads and city ads have small companies and startups that offer great positions and are just waiting for someone to take them. I also contacted companies that did not have any career related links or job offers floating about, yet they still had positions and I was able to take advantage of that.

    Look for jobs anywhere and even if the company is unheard of. Also just ask around if there are positions available, as some companies do not advertise correctly or at all. For your resume, just put down any skills that are applicable to the position you desire. Any skills you have attained from past jobs or volunteer experiences. Any experience is superb on resumes, as having some skills is better than having no skill. Also just act natural and well mannered. An amalgamation of your personality with professionalism; it goes a long way sometimes.

  • This article was really insightful. I recently had an interview and at first everything was going great, however, as the article mentioned I was asked about my strengths and weakness and at the moment feeling a bit nervous about the interview I completely blanked out. It is difficult to think about what one excels in and needs to work on. As a result, I took a bit of time to answer which resulted in an awkward silence and when I finally started talking I stumbled a bit when answering. In addition, when asked if I had any questions I was not able to think of anything. As the article mentioned this probably showed a lack of interest on my part.

    Now that I am looking for an internship I will be sure to apply these lessons or tips. Especially on networking. I have searched for internships related to my career choice. However, the companies I wish to work for may not necessarily post job openings this means that I would need to be the one to take initiative. Without a doubt I will be sure to adopt the article’s lesson.

  • This spring I applied for my first job. As I filled out the online application I was extremely nervous. The job was a teacher at a leadership and engineering summer camp for high school students. I came into this application as I finished my freshman year with little experience in my own eyes, but I decided to apply anyway. After a few days I got a response saying that I should select a time for my telephone interview. I got an interview?! A freshman with little teaching experience, managed to get an interview! After one of the most nerve racking, nervously sweaty interviews of my life, I was told that I would have a response by the end of the month. Three days later, I had an offer for the job, which set my heart racing as I read over the contract and accepted.

    I don’t say this to talk about how lucky I managed to get, but to explain something very important that I learned. How did a freshman, with no professional experience, manage to make an application that landed me a job? For starters, I learned that every little thing makes an impact on you. Even if the job seems mundane, you have gained crucial skills that can always be the decider between you and other applicants. If you worked in customer service, then you gained skills in interpersonal interaction, a talent that is fading in this new digital age. If you worked in a trades job, you not only have plenty of hands on skills that will make you extremely valuable, but you have also worked in a field that requires problem solving. Whether you are simply following instructions, or completing a task by your own solution, you are seeing the process of fixing a problem. If you are like me, and have no previous work experience, don’t be afraid, everyone has to start somewhere. Employers know this too, so while you may not think you look as nice as an experienced worker, you have something that others don’t, and that is a desire to begin forming a top-tier professional resume. As you go into a job application, don’t sell yourself short no matter how far behind the rest of the applicant pool you may think you are because everyone has been given a certain amount of time to spend in their lives and nobody has spent it the same way as you, and nobody has had the same experiences as you that can give you the edge.

  • This is one of the most helpful articles I have ever read. I am amazed at how we can make so many mistakes without even noticing. We might apply for a job, get and interview, and feel like we did everything well while the interviewer might be thinking otherwise. I will definitely keep this advice in mind and come back to read this each time I have an interview. I was really glad to come across the first tip which was to know yourself, what you are good at, and what you enjoy. I always thought that maybe I was being too picky when looking for a job, but now I realize that I just want to do something that I am good at, something that I enjoy doing. I think that the only way that I am able to thrive in a work place is by enjoying my job.

  • As of a few weeks ago I had been working at a local boutique for nearly three years. It was the job that earned me money during high school and on to my college years. It was definitely time for a change! Although transitioning jobs can be overwhelming and terrifying at times, stepping out of your comfort zone can’t be the next big step that was needed to move forward. In my situation I was no longer happy working where I did, and change was much needed. After taking the first step and resigning I felt a sense of relief in that moment. Since then I have started a new job making more and with a happier work environment!

  • The points are well dressed and lives me with a profound lesson of how life can be addressed in different situations. Thanks

  • entering college as a struggling freshman to get a job i applied to everywhere. I couldn’t get a job for months which stressed me out until i finally received a call for another interview and was hired as a cart pusher. this article would have helped me in my interviewing and application process at the time.

  • I am currently dealing with prospecting. I am an undergrad student hoping to apply to graduate school and earn a Doctorate degree in physical therapy. To do so I need experience in the field both in inpatient and outpatient physical therapy. I have contacted several hospitals and private practices looking for a place that will allow to me to grow in this field. With made countless calls and sent several emails and with persistence I have been able to set up interviews. It was a difficult process, very frustrating at points but now I will be able to work at a facility and gain the experience I need to be a physical Therapist.

  • One of my related stories is when I completed high school, I went out and applied for several places where I thought I was overly qualified for. However, I thought wrong. My interviews skills, and elevator speeches were subpar. I realized how competitive the world is, and that I needed to better myself so that I could be the best candidate for jobs. Then I realized that it is all about references. After I asked around I found myself getting more interview calls and getting offered multiple jobs.

  • I can really appreciate this article because I feel like these are the things that we often need to hear to be successful. Often times we are so very blinded by wanting to be successful that we lose all of our patience. Sometimes I feel like my resume is the one thing that makes me a valuable candidate. Being so involved on my campus, with organizing events, being in multiple leadership positions, and being able to maintain my GPA. But that doesn’t mean anything because employers are looking for people with experience and not people who where involved in college.

    However, reading these tips, I feel like I am more prepared to nail the interview and become successful in the job of my choosing. Just recently after a workshop conducted for my sorority I learned the importance of networking and I am glad that I read that in this article it can be hit or miss if done incorrectly.

    My favorite part was the Be positive, so that’s what you’re associated with because I trained myself to always have a smile on my face and always be optimistic about whatever task is in front of me, and I am always complemented for it.

  • I’ve seen myself improve tremendously over the years when it comes to applying for jobs. I thought that finally I was at a point where I was comfortable with my growth. But then I would continuously hear about some new trick I should be doing, or new tactics to get the job offer, and I thought “Darn, I wasn’t doing that before.” Then I’m back at it again, constantly feeling a need to improve myself because of this sense that I was never good enough for any position I wanted to apply to.

    Some of the methods I went through to better myself included proper dining etiquette workshops, resume/cover letter workshops, mock interviews…I was trying everything out there it seemed. I was exhausted. How could I focus on school when I was focusing on my career so much? My “drive,” as some would call it (others may call it “fear”), led me to a period of my life where I was truly uncertain of my future, and it started to become apparent outwardly. This is how I’ve always been, working tirelessly to get to the next step, yet trying to remember the present. I had professionals telling me to enjoy college while it lasts, and friends telling me to stop worrying. I am only now ending my Sophomore year of college.

    But how can I not worry? I’m constantly involved in extra-curricular activities, I’m focused on my school work, and I have a heart that loves to give. How can I worry when my all is not always enough?

    Well, I decided to go about applying to jobs with a different approach. I stripped myself of this robotic intuition I had about having to be perfect going into interviews. I wanted employers to see me for who I sincerely was, not always perfect but always trying. For those who accept me as I am, I know we’ll hit it off. And for those who don’t, it simply wasn’t meant to be, and I’m learning to be okay with that.

  • Thank you! I loved reading this article and taking notes of all the ways in which I can improve utilizing my strengths for today’s labor market.

    Networking is arguably the most important key factor in securing a job, an internship, a postdoc, or any other endeavor in life. Networking requires initiative. To initiate a conversation, seek out advice, and build connections with others acknowledges that no time is wasted by connecting with others in light of pursuing an occupation of some sort.

    Currently, I am a full-time re-entry, first generation college student studying Sociology. I realized networking for an internship is equally important; similarly performed as if applying to an actual job position. Last summer I was a policy intern; and reasons why I was a competitive applicant was because I utilized what sociologist Pierre Bourdieu coined “cultural capital:” the skills, education, and appearance I have in performing other work. For instance, I will be working as a research assistant for a professor because of my acknowledged transcripts, resume, and a term paper I wrote that held similar interests to what the professor studies. I was not enrolled in a class but I sought to briefly meet with the professor and now I have another paid research gig.

    Thus, networking constantly reminds me on how imperative it is for me to never give up on the vision. Vision entails thought, effort, patience, and an imagination. If I have the vision, I can easily network despite the few floating rejections and empty promises; because the vision serves as fuel to enjoy the journey, but also to keep track of the direction to the destination.

  • Thank you! I loved reading this article and taking notes of all the ways in which I can improve utilizing my strengths for today’s labor market.

    Networking is arguably the most important key factor in securing a job, an internship, a postdoc, or any other endeavor in life. Networking requires initiative. To initiate a conversation, seek out advice, and build connections with others acknowledges that no time is wasted by connecting with others in light of pursuing an occupation of some sort.

    Currently, I am a full-time re-entry, first generation college student studying Sociology. I realized networking for an internship is equally important; similarly performed as if applying to an actual job position. Last summer I was a policy intern; and reasons why I was a competitive applicant was because I utilized what sociologist Pierre Bourdieu coined “cultural capital:” the skills, education, and appearance I have in performing other work. For instance, I will be working as a research assistant for a professor because of my acknowledged transcripts, resume, and a term paper I wrote that held similar interests to what the professor studies. I was not enrolled in a class but I sought to briefly meet with the professor and now I have another paid research gig.

    Thus, networking constantly reminds me on how imperative it is for me to never give up on the vision. Vision entails thought, effort, patience, and an imagination. If I have the vision, I can easily network despite the few floating rejections and empty promises; because the vision serves as fuel to enjoy the journey, but also to keep track of the direction to the destination.

  • This amount of knowledge that I just stumbled upon is absolutely amazing! I have saved all of this information. It is truly amazing all of the stuff you do not learn in school and will need to learn out in the “real” world.

  • I’ve had what you can say one real job. I was referred by a previous business owner of the company before it was sold of to a different partnership and let me tell you it wasn’t easy. I was only 17 and just graduated from high school. I was determine to land this job no matter what it took or how much I had to prove myself to the company because I always said that my first job would not be working at McDonalds. I had taken massage therapy courses in high school and luckily our instructor had prepared us on how to land a job. I went well dressed, but lack the experience in the job. I had many years of volunteer work and I knew that my hard work would pay off.
    Over summer I went in to apply and the manager looked at me and refused to give me an application. I informed them of who sent me in and she gave me the application. I had yet to receive a call back so I followed up with the main office. I was finally able to get an interview. I arrived 30 minutes early and waited an additional two hours before the owner of the company was able to conduct my interview. I went professional dressed with my hair out of my face and light on the makeup. After waiting for so long the business owner introduced himself and informed me right away that I would not be hired, but the interview will help me prepare me for future interviews at another job. I was pretty upset especially cause I had been waiting for so long. We got to talk about me and my experiences in life. We spoke about him and his experiences. We covered his childhood and found similarities. At the end of the interviewed he offered me a job position as a sales representative. I have been with the company ever since and worked my way up.
    I find this article very helpful and wishes I would of known everything on here before I got my first job. I can actually take this information and continue to improve wherever life will take me.

  • I believe one of the key topics in this article is empathy, it keeps repeating in many of the sections. When you need to think like the recruiter, or the manager, when you submit your resume easy to read an understand. It is no about you wanting the job, but about what the company and the people can get from you. The next time I look for a job and have an interview I will try to focus on what I can offer to the company that they will want me with them.

    Sometimes we are very focused on our personal and professional goals that we forget that a job relationship has to be beneficial for both every part involved. If we project this desire to contribute, I believe the company will more likely to hire you.

  • It’s sad to see that employers seem to want the perfect employee, when in reality there is no such thing. But that is life, so I like how it says that for the resume you need to show them that you are “perfect” and fit the job description. Show them your best side and don’t be ashamed of it.

  • My issue with finding a job was the anticipation and then rejection. I applied to many jobs in my first semester of college, but I was rejected one after the other. Each rejection dug a deeper well in my heart. I tried re-evaluating my approach, spicing up my resume. But I was never called in for an interview. I questioned my adequacy as both a prospective employee and as a person. I questioned whether or not I would ever find a job.

    As an aspiring actress, I also felt rejection in my auditions. Every time I stood in front of a director, I questioned not only my work ethic, but my very appearance. As a Hispanic woman, I questioned whether I was white enough, brown enough, feminine enough. It truly hurt when I received rejection letter after rejection letter.

    As I’ve gained some traction within the university community, I decided to apply to work as a Resident Assistant within the halls. The day of my initial interview, I sucked in a deep breath, pushing back the past rejections. Each interview had to be treated as if you will get the job. You show your best self, present what they want to hear, but try to stand out. With my colorful resume, I knew that I could provide a unique view into residence life. Suffice to say that after all the rejections, I got in.

  • I thought this was very fascinating because it gives a lot of insights into the job search life. I started as a freshman wanting to do a lot but unable to really discover what I can actually do.

  • Being a young student and applying for jobs when you have zero job experience can be very difficult. Most young adults start working when they’re sixteen and if you can’t you are already starting a step behind everyone. I was one of those young people who was struggling to find a job. I was in my early twenties and I had never held a job before. This cut down my opportunities significantly.

    Mostly, I was looking a fast food restaurants or maybe retail stores. Employers look down on you as if there was something wrong. “No experience, no internships, no degree?” It’s like I could hear their thoughts. The standards for hiring keep raising, but what about what employees expect in return?

    Its shocking to know that most jobs are hidden, but detailing every step in this article of the makes it easier to present yourself in the best manner and be as prepared as possible. I appreciate all the tips and it helps me re-evaluate myself to make sure I am doing the best I possibly can. Once you get a job, it’s easier to start growing your resume and continuing school lends you the opportunities to continue to climb the corporate ladder.

  • A related experience from my life that illustrates the lesson portrayed in this article is when I was applying for colleges. Although college is not necessarily a job at a company, college has a lot of aspects that applying for a job entails. Thus, when I was reading this article I noticed that prospecting was the defining factor on how I landed at a great “company” called Marquette University.

    I was just like the author in this article when it came to applying for colleges; it was the last thing on my mind. I remember it was not until a month before deadlines for most colleges that I began my search for the right college. This is when I noticed that the characteristics under prospecting were exactly what I was looking for when searching for the perfect school. I kept in mind the cities that were thriving and that will help me grow in my career after college. Although I did my research and concluded that Marquette University was my perfect “company” I now had to convince them that I was a perfect fit for the university.

    This took dedication and proving that I was not going to give up on this school. At first I was devastated, my dream school had waitlisted me. I thought to myself that this was it, that this rejection was my defeat. However, my family reminded me that I could not give up, if this was truly where I wanted to go, I had to fight. I would be only the second family member to attend college and I refused to let my dream school slip away. Thus, I used old-fashioned mail and telephone to contact the university admissions office and ask if there were any opportunity for an interview or anything else I can do to show I would be a great student at Marquette. Then, one day I received a letter, congratulating me for my acceptance. I was in awe, I was grateful for the opportunity to attend the college I fell in love with and it was family support and using techniques mentioned in the prospecting section that helped me not give up on the perfect company.

  • One of the most valued experiences in college that helped me prepare for the job market was volunteer work. I realize it’s hard to balance but it’s incredibly valuable. I “tried-out” various roles to see what I enjoyed doing vs. types of positions that were dreadful. By the time I obtained my degree, I not only new what types of jobs I wanted but had already built a network with strong references. It helped me land my first job BEFORE graduating. I’ve continued my volunteer work by “carving out” time (making it a priority) and it keeps opening doors I never knew existed – plus I’ve met some of my dearest friends that share similar interests.

  • This guide is extremely helpful for individuals, like myself, to find a job. When the guide starts talking about the “Forward” and “Prospecting” paragraphs, I found myself relating to a lot of the bullet points. This past year I started volunteering at a local hospital with one of their Child Life Specialists. I would wake up every Monday and Wednesday morning around 5:00 am to go and volunteer with her in Outpatient Surgery from 6-9. I started in September and within the next month I was really starting to get to know my boss. After two months of volunteering with her, she began to understand that I was taking my job as a volunteer and interest in child life seriously. Like the Prospecting paragraph states, I made it known that I was not going anywhere.

    Because of my dedication to my role as a volunteer, I was able to become the first person at their hospital to do a practicum with the Child Life Specialists there. It was an amazing experience and because of my networking with all the Child Life Specialists, they are looking forward to seeing my application next year to apply for their internship. When I do apply, this guide will be my “go to” to make sure that I am able to stand out from other students applying and eventually make my dream come true by becoming a Child Life Specialist.

  • Wow. What an eye opener. My resume consists of everything I’ve ever done, all crammed on one sheet of paper, with the widest range of skills possible. I definitely see the benefit of tailoring it to the job. At least my cover letters seem to be on the right track.

    I’m definitely going to have to read this a few times and study it in depth. I definitely need to be more interactive in interviews. I’m so glad I found this place!

  • From personal experience i can attest that more than 80% of the factors ,mentioned in the above article are true efficient.

  • Great advice to get you prepared for the real world which I feel is lacking from school. When I attended high school I was not prepared to go to interviews, what to say, or more important what not to say. No matter what your occupation you must develop salesman skills to be successful. When going out into the market for the first time or after a while you need to know that selling yourself is so important to obtaining a job and getting what you are worth.

  • This article genuinely interested me and made the thought of job searching seem a lot less scary. I’ve experienced similar situations on smaller scales all through my life, and especially in college. All throughout high school I was a serial procrastinator. It wasn’t that I was lazy or a bad student: in fact, I was taking all honors courses all four years of high school and ended up graduating as an honor grad in the top 10% of my class. I was a serial procrastinator because while the advanced and honors classes material was more challenging, it was still simply easier than college level material. I always studied for my tests for 4 or 5 hours the night before and would get A’s on them.

    High school was a procrastinator’s dream. College was an entirely different animal, especially in a competitive engineering program. I tried using the studying methods I used in high school, and the results were awful. I started barely scraping by with my schoolwork, and failed my first test in my life. I was in a hole, and eventually classwork terrified me. I would be afraid to start studying for a test just because of how overwhelming and difficult the coursework was, and I continued to procrastinate because of how monumentally challenging and miserable starting assignments seemed.

    It took awhile, but eventually I came up with a system. When something seemed so overwhelming that I didn’t want to start it, I put that item and everything else I had to do on a to-do list for the day. I made it my goal to try to complete and cross off everything on that list before I went to bed, and I would start the challenging items first, like difficult math homework. Thus, I would put my dread aside a begin the homework, one problem at a time. Once I had started one problem in the assignment, it finally didn’t seems so bad and was a huge weight off my shoulders, giving me the motivation to power through and correctly complete the assignment.

    To anyone struggling with motivation or the horrible case of chronic procrastination: the hardest part of ANYTHING is starting. But once you take baby steps and force yourself to complete one aspect of whatever you need to do, the rest will follow.

  • This job search guide was very insightful. I definitely agree with the tips that the author gave about networking to find a job. I feel like a lot of the wonderful opportunities that I had to get work experience during my college career came from word of mouth, and talking to people. For example, I was able to intern last summer as an instructor for students with autism, because I attended a panel for speech pathology students, and someone from the school sat on the panel as a representative. After hearing them speak and I emailed the woman in charge to see if there were any opportunities to get involved working at the school while I was a student. I was able to learn a lot of valuable skills in behavior management and direct instruction that I wouldn’t ordinarily get in my program of study at the undergraduate level.

  • What I most related with this articles was two points, 1.) Know what you want and 2.) You will be rejected. When I first graduated high school, I did not know what to do. My parents are both immigrants from Mexico and I am first generation. They received no formal higher education while they lived in Mexico therefore they could not exactly guide me in the right direction. I had to start paying for my education at a community college so I needed to get a job. I applied to 30 different places, experiencing a fair amount of rejection, until I was finally hired for a retail position. After working there for three months, I knew I needed something different and I was blessed with a position at the Pima County Attorneys Office. Then later I moved to the Pima County Public Defenders Office as a secretary. I love law. I love everything about it and I love public service. Through my experience there I knew I wanted to become and an attorney.

  • Jobs to me are very important and many people overlook many things that are minuscule but at the same time crucial. I feel as if jobs now days especially when attending college are much less the ones you want and rather the ones you are sort of “forced” to get. I am currently taking 16 college credits at a local university and work 36 hours at two jobs. I have obtained these through hard work and perseverance but they aren’t really what I would like to do. I work hard for what I want and it seems as if most of you all do as well. I take what I have read on this site to heart and appreciate the knowledge I have gained from it as all of you should. Just remember that life goes on and whether you have a resume or not it will all find its way as long as you don’t give up. Shoot for the stars and even if you miss you will end among the stars. -Love is given

  • Having strong communication skills and understanding what type of listener my interviewer was I have been successful in all interviews.

  • Being a dancer I have to apply/audition for jobs constantly. I must have thick skin because dancers get told “no” countless times. Sadly, it does not always depend on your previous work or performance experience- that is where my work field gets hard. Also the rough schedule of classes and rehearsals and performances makes it even harder to get a side part time job. Currently I have two part time jobs to pay for college and other living expenses, but I am very excited for what the future has to hold.

    The article above is loaded with information to become a smart business woman. I believe that I found this website in good timing- I am still in college just preparing for the real world. I have been to many interviews and business workshops, but this gave me more of an inside scoop of the background of the business world that comes in great handy even for a dancer!

    To make it big in the performance world, it is all about who you know- NETWORKING! I know it can be very hard to get yourself out there with out acquaintances in all fields. Webster University is known for its connections throughout the country and internationally, that is one of the many reasons I learn there. I am excited to use this information above to continue to grow in this constantly changing economic world we live in.

  • This was such an inspirational story. Makes me really motivated to continue working with my potential and never giving up. It gave very important tips that can actually be really helpful when looking for a job!

  • Networking definitely helps! Sometimes, it is like the age old saying of its all a matter of being in the right place at the right time. I don’t think it is a matter of who you know and who you are… But if you connect with the right people and develop those relationships into positive opportunities the better the chance you may have at building a strong network.

    Have solid friendships with people at work and outside of work has more then benefited both parties enough times that are able to share our experiences with others and help them grow and develop their networks as well.

    We put the social bank in to social networking.

  • For me, the most poignant section that informs in your success in every other aspect in the Forward section. The second point of understanding cultural fit cannot be more true for a sustainable and rewarding career. In my case, I graduated with a Bachelors of Science and a lot of field research experience. What I craved was the opportunity to work in a wet lab and understand my field, agricultural science, from the human angle of nutrition. How does what we produce, and subsidize producing, impact human health? Of course, we all know that there is an obesity epidemic currently, and there is still much to learn about how to address it. As an agricultural scientist, I felt it only appropriate to at least have some experience understanding life sciences research if I hoped to improve it in the future.

    I received my first job offer near my hometown at an osteopathic medical school. The professor I worked for was also new, and he was incredibly motivated to work with me to develop research projects and get me into graduate school a few years later. We worked together well, and I valued my time there. After about a month, I received another job offer from a lab at an Ivy league school. I couldn’t contain my excitement, but I ignored little red flags. The research was extremely far out of my understanding, but I figured I would learn once I arrived. The principal investigator was demanding and intimidating, but who isn’t in job interviews?

    After leaving the first job, I quickly realized that I had a made a mistake. My supervisor was unreasonably demanding and had no interest in teaching me, and my boss had a history of pettiness and treating young employees and graduate students unjustly. Though I did research the lab in the application process and never found evidence of this, these are all questions I should’ve asked in the interview. I wanted myself to fit there so badly that I ignored all the signs that told me otherwise.

    In the end, this experience has made me tougher and taught me how to deal with unpleasant work situations. I will be the better for it. However, I can’t help but wonder what I would’ve learned if I had stayed with the supervisor who actively wanted to encourage my growth.

  • I am only 18 and cannot lie and say I share a similar story. For me, the job hunting process was easy to find my current sales associate job. After reading this, I learned that is it not always going to be this easy and to never start slacking off because I lucked out the first time. Great and inspiring story!

  • As a sophmore in college I’ve had little work experience. Most of my experience is from school. I’m in the situation now where I have to apply for scholarships and internships that are very competitive. Sometimes I’m not sure what to include in my resume. There’s places on campus that assist with resume building and we have career fairs. I’m very grateful that there are people who specialize in job search/interview etiquette because one mistake can be detrimental.

    I personally do not enjoy job searching and constantly trying to prove who I am on a piece of paper/digitally. I can nail an interview in person but it’s really hard to put things into words on paper for me. I’m not a bad writer but I feel like it’s always easier to show who you are in person. I hope that by reading this I can learn how to express who I am better in my resume.

  • WORK SMART:
    WHEN YOU APPLY FOR A JOB, ITS NOT ABOUT THE QUALIFICATIONS YOU HAVE. YOU COULD BE ONE IN TWENTY PEOPLE APPLYING AND GETTING INTERVIEWED FOR THE SAME PLACE AND HAVE THE SAME QUALIFICATIONS, THE PROBABILITY YOU GET CHOSEN IS NOT HIGH. IT REALLY DEPENDS ON THE IMPRESSION YOU LEAVE WHEN GETTING INTERVIEWED. ALWAYS TRY TO BE THE FIRST PERSON INTERVIEWED OR THE LAST, AS YOU WILL BE BROUGHT UP ONCE THE COMPANY DECIDES WHO TO CHOOSE FOR THE POSITION.

  • When I left the military, I had zero translatable skills to the civilian job market; however, I had confidence and the foresight to imagine what the hiring manager is looking for. At my group interview, everyone was required to pick an item from the company’s product catalog and tell the group about what we like about it. I didn’t tell the group what I liked; I sold the product to them. I had a call back later that day.

  • My first times that I was looking for a job, my biggest mistake was the lack of preparation that I putted in the interview section. My lack of confidence and preparation made me feel nervous. This article explain very well what most of candidates need to have for their interviews. The points in common that I personally used for my interviews were:

    1)Make a research of the company.- I´m not telling that you you need to know that balance statements of the past 10 years of memory, but it´s good to know basic stuffs like mision, vision, history and locations.

    2)Strenghness and Weakness.- This is the typical question by employers, you should know how to anser if they ask you this. Do not tell the common answers such as: Responsible, Organize or intelligent. Ask yourself what are your really strengness and weakness and look for unusual job that fit with your description.

    3)Leave sometthing for the employer to remember you.- I usually like to ask the interviewer at the end. I ask him/her at least 3 questions. I´m not talking about yes/no questions but elaborate questions that will make the interviewer think to answer the questino. There´s no doubt that he/she will remember you.

  • As an eighteen year old soon to be college student I am currently looking for jobs as well, and man did I learn some cool tricks I never thought of before. I’d love to discuss the section prospecting. Its all situational, as a college student planning on attending Savannah College of Art and Design I want to focus in Film and Television, I chose that campus in particular because Georgia is a state flourishing in film. As a student there I can also do free work, with other students or internships at major film companies! I also agree that initiative is a big step in entering the realm of what is to be your future.
    I also greatly admire networking, especially in the arts world. Its a small place and if you keep a good name, people will refer you and you could get hundreds of other job opportunities just for taking the time to help someone or work for someone who needs you!

  • Finding a job is never easy. It takes hard work, determination and yo have to face reality. Some employers look at background, certification, experience, and many other’s things. But, to some employers, their first impression of you is EVERYTHING!If you do not make a good first impression, do you think the job will be yours? Most likely not.
    I have had a job since I was 16. I started out working at Chuck E Cheese and because I was young, I did not need a resume. My job duties there were simple but some unexpected. I had to clean bathrooms ( I did not sign up to be a janitor), I had to check families into the building, and act like Chuck E. I stayed at this job for about 5 months because I worked in a very hostile environment and my manager was really rude and nasty. So, after I left this job, I had already had another job at Golden Corral because I had applied while I was still at Chuck E Cheese’s and I was working both jobs at the same time. Golden Corral was a completely different experience because I was working in foods and the people were giving off a different vibe than those at Chuck E Cheese. Some of them were rude and other’s just had attitudes for what? I don’t know. Working here taught me how to catch myself from reacting negatively because my attitude can be a little over the top sometimes.
    I never really needed a resume for any job except my higher end job that I am currently working at while in school, H&M. I have been working there for almost a year, yay. I love it, the people are friendly (most of the time) but we are like a family. They have been loyal to me while I have been away at school because I know I can count on them to always have a spot for me to work.
    Job searching is not easy but it is not impossible. The older you get, the more experience and certification you have for a certain job will make it that much easier. Never give up on yourself or what you want to do. Sometimes you have to fall back down to get back up.

  • This was just amazing I thought it was going to be some Times new Roman size 12 font, but it was very informational.

  • I graduated from University in the Fall of 2011. Understanding the economical climate of the time was something that motivated me to put in a lot of effort into finding a job so that I could have a set path once I finished school.

    During my entire time in college, I would hear many stories of fellow students who upon graduating had very little luck in finding a job. This scared me. It was this fear that helped motivate me to put in extra effort into finding a job. I treated the job search process as if it was a job. I would dedicate a set amount of time in a day to apply for jobs. This allowed me to use this time to just focus on the task at hand; I set a goal to at least submit 2 applications a day.

    There were many interviews, some went well while others left me feeling depressed. Expectations were high from many employers. They wanted experienced people, but being close to graduation and full time student, the only work experience I had was from a part time job on campus.

    Luckily I was able to secure a job shortly after graduating from University. This was exciting. This made me very excited. However, what would happen in the next few years would leave me wondering, “This can’t be it.”

    Between graduation and today I have had 3 different jobs. While my skill sets have grown a lot with these three jobs, the one thing that has really been lacking is appropriate pay. Recently I have been felling as if I have hit a wall. I’ve been seeking other opportunities to figure out how to grow my income. I live in Los Angeles and the cost of living here is ridiculous, but I will do what needs to be done to stay here. It is this that made me decide to work towards a Master degree as a way to increase my income and develop myself professionally.

    Hopefully in a few years, once I complete my MBA program. It will allow me to be in a better financial situation. The next two years will be difficult, but I know that hard work and dedication can take you where you want to go.

  • I have not found the perfect job and most of my experiences come from employers that are not relevant to my major. My biggest goal right now is to land a job, even an unpaid internship, doing the career path I chose. After reading this article, I have realized that my resume and the way I present my materials may need improvements. Subconsciously, I have always known this, but there is not much I have to work with. However, knowing how to present what I know is key, and this is what I took away most from the article. My resume may not have much, but by being succinct and effectively presenting my knowledge and skills, I can overcome this weakness and turn it into a strength.

    This may be true for a lot of people, but every time I apply for a job, I know and truly believe that if I am given the chance, I can be a great diligent hard working man and better myself as well as the company. Problem is, I barely ever get a chance, so I will try to adjust everything in accordance to what I read from this article, and hopefully something different will come out of it.

  • I’ve only ever been a nanny. This statement may sound small to some, but to others it may sound very important. I have watched kids grow up, and helped them grow up. I now nanny two kids after school. They are at school all day, they see me from 3-6, and their parents from 6-bedtime. I get a big chunk of their day to love and influence them. I believe that I have an important job.

    When I applied for the job I have now, I had to go in for an interview. I was thinking it was going to be a formal interview where I was sat down and asked questions about what it takes to be a nanny. However, my experience was quite the opposite. I was interviewed by two young boys. I was asked questions about what sports team I liked, where I would take them for fun, and if I had any friends that were baseball players. When I left the interview, I was not offered the job right away. I knew there was someone else that they were considering.
    I knew I was a qualified and good nanny, but a little nervous I wouldn’t get the job, however, two days after the interview I was offered the job. I love what I do and adore the boys that I am trusted with. I enjoy investing in their little, yet huge, lives.

  • I was able to “climb the ladder” so to speak, when I worked at Michael’s Arts and Crafts store. I started as a cashier and ended up being a Custom Framing Associate. How did I do it? I was one of their top cashiers in both speed and customer service. I was rarely ever late or absent from work and I would go above and beyond for my managers. I was the first person they asked to fill the newly opened framing position. I immediately said yes, even though I knew next to nothing about framing and doubted my ability to be artistically and technically competent.

    I eventually left Micheal’s for a less demanding job. However, the managers were very sad to see me go and said I was welcome back at any time. The new job that was at the college I was attending at the time was a very impromptu and last-minute grab. On a whim, I e-mailed a professor of mine and asked if they knew of any job openings within the building. Within a day, she had e-mailed me back asking if I would like to be a tutor. Within the week I was working with other students to help them in their classes.

    She knew from past experience with me in her classes that I was extremely bright, smart, and passionate. I was also as helpful as I could be with the professor and other students. My drive and work-ethic were apparent to her and made it an easy choice to appoint me as tutor. This article sites how perseverance, hard work, and dedication make you stand out from others. I have experienced this first hand and am glad to see that is something I can continue to demonstrate when applying to my dream career in the near future.

  • how ironic that this is the story I decided to leave my comment on. I am currently in a similar situation. I don’t have alot of work experience. I’ve worked in retail for a couple of months back home but I had to quit because of school. It seems almost impossible to find a job where I live now, especially one that can work around my busy school schedule. I almost feel helpless because no matter how hard I try or how many times I follow up with a company, i’m never what they’re looking for.

    working full time while being a full time student is not an option for me. it’s unfortunate because I have so much desire to work and I can be the best employee, but because I have other priorities that prevent me from working full time, i’m overlooked. someone is always saying you need experience to get the job you want, but how do you go about getting that experience if no one is willing to help you gain it. Yes, google is there and you tube, but they’re not an accredited source.

    I have absorbed some information in this article that i’m sure will be useful to me in the future. I will be rejected a few more times in the future, but why should that stop me. I shouldn’t be afraid of rejection. it’s going to happen while trying to build connections, and i need to learn to accept that.

  • I was one of those people who only desired to work in a career that related to my ultimate goal. I had an “all or nothing” mentality when it came to job searching. I didn’t understand that in order to build the proper experience for your dream job, you really do have to place yourself in positions that you wouldn’t normally consider ‘relevant” to your goals. However, if you are a hard worker, you can actually find yourself gaining knowledge in your current position that will assist you in reaching that final stage. After all, you have to learn to walk before you run.

    For example, recently I decided that I needed to stop kidding myself and find a job. I wasn’t going to get that dream job as a Technical Director if I had absolutely zero experience in any sort of field of work. I couldn’t keep waiting for a potential employer to sweep in, see my talent, and offer me an internship on the spot. That’s not how the real world works.

    I began by identifying what skills I needed to work on if I wanted to make it in my chosen field. The first one was leadership. Even though I had been a dance teacher for several years I didn’t believe I had the leadership skills necessary to direct an entire team of people who should consider me as the expert in their field.

    Luckily, I seemed to have made a good impression on one of the heads of Student Leadership on campus and she recommended a position with Residence Life and Housing to me. It was my first experience with actually applying for a job and set me extremely on edge.

    I’m what you would consider a Creative Professional. We’re the people who make colorful professional and run design firms across the world with an iron fist. It was very strange for me to be applying for a normally uncreative job. I really had to do my research and plan how to show that my skills that I built as an artist could truly benefit the department if I were to join them as a Resident Assistant.

    I truly felt that collaborating with people who already worked for the Residence Life and Housing department was my greatest asset. I made the proper connections and got their assistance with giving my resume and cover letter that new professional overhaul. When interview time came around, I was greeted with smiles and the phrase “I’ve heard about you. It’s nice to finally meet you.”

    I got the job, and even though I am gaining true leadership skills, I actually feel the experience that benefited me most was the process before gaining the position. I actually learned how to make those professional connections and how to mold myself to fit my possible employers needs. I don’t think anyone realizes how important that application/interview process truly is in the long run.

  • I received my current job after the first interview. It seems as though they had a sense of urgency to hire someone. My boss told me later on that he did not feel that I could do make it, but he was very surprised. I do not do very well in interviews. I have been turned down from jobs before and it can be a bit sad.

    Now, everyone is looking for someone who is bilingual, can be technologically innovative, etc. That just isn’t me. I am very traditional and still like to write things down with a pencil and paper.

  • When I look for jobs, I just never know where to look. I did choose a Museum this time around and it was a place I loved as a kid. Once I got the application, I put my wide range of flexibility as well as great quick learning skills. After I sent it in, I did not get a call for about 2 weeks, so I called. They said to wait longer and soon after I got a call to an interview. I came prepared and excited. I sat down with the two interviewers and it began.

    I knew that I cannot just follow a step by step guide on what to do but just to go in there with a great attitude and open mind. They asked some tough questions and just understand that it is ok to ask them to repeat the question or even take a minute to think of a good answer. They did notice how much I loved the Museum that they were surprised I still remembered a lot of the exhibits.

    Be yourself and be open. It sounds too cliche but it will show people the real you instead of a fake person. I got the job and I am so happy I did!

  • After reading through some of the advice that was given, I was reminded of mistakes that I make when on an interview. For example it says not to babble, that is something I tend to do. Maybe out of nervousness. Instead of sticking to the question, once I have answered the question, and the interviewer continues to stare at me, I tend to get nervous. That’s when the babbling begins, then I sit there babbling in my head to myself, saying did I just say that, I spoke too much, and so on.

    Another thing I can relate to is asking good questions. As much as I plan to ask certain questions, without being sure they are good ones. I typically freeze when that opportunity is given to me. Then I continue to say no you have done a great job covering everything, and have answered all of my questions. This is something I need to work on. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to read this article, it gave me new insight on this topic.

  • When entering the workforce, I never really had any background on the pieces of information that I needed and what exactly I needed to do before going in to an interview. If I’m being quite honest, I’m still not a hundred percent, especially because I have only worked at two jobs for a year each, and both were only applications. They never asked for a cover letter or a resume, only asked for a short list of references and the interviews were fast and simple. I’m worried that for later on, when I apply for a real job and they ask me for all of these things, I won’t have a clue where to start.

    This article has actually been a great help to me just by reading it. I’m focusing on school work right now, but when I do apply for a job in my field this information will get me all the materials I need and in the right format. Before hand, I wasn’t exactly sure what a cover page was for. Now I know that this is just a peek into my personality and how I will be within the job, if I’m even offered it. I know now that I should not talk about myself as much and talk more about what the company is expecting from me and how I can improve myself to help the company in any way possible.

    I really like the way this article is broken up as well. It makes it easy to read and is easily understandable for someone who doesn’t have a lot of experience with applying for higher level jobs and positions. I had no idea networking and blogging could be such a big impact and a big part of an interview, but this article told me otherwise. All of the information presented is really helpful and I enjoyed reading it.

  • We all dream about finding that perfect job for “me” and the joys of possibly loving every second of that career. We want to do everything right in hopes of pleasing someone, succeeding in our chosen path, and one day becoming successful and what we always wanted to be. We all want to succeed and be the best that we can be. Whether we are driven by money, pleasing an employer, status, having a job is an important aspect of life that cannot be ignored.
    My biggest mistake in all my employment opportunities is my immediate thought of failure. The thought of disappointing someone brings me absolute horror and disgust. I think of every way I can fail and or disappoint those around me. “Can I do this”? Confidence is that necessary evil required for almost everything in life. Confidence for some comes easy. Thankfully, some people’s egos never bruise. For others, it is so close, yet so far. Reaching out, taking risks, and being confident, to me, are the steps when finding that first job, or any job for that matter. I passed up a great internship with a law professor because I was too afraid I would let her down. I regret it. Looking back on that choice now, I would have taken that opportunity. You cannot live life scared. You will never get that experience sitting around twiddling your thumbs.
    Applying for jobs or internships is like skydiving, you just have to go for it! You have to dress for success, be timely, beef up and have someone look over your resume, practice makes perfect, get that experience, talk to people, get to know people, get your name out there, be you, and do the best that you can do. You have to move forward, never look back. One must reach out and search, nothing will come upon by its self. You have to really dig to find that diamond in the rough. I am a firm believer in beefing up your resume and having several people look it over for you. Practice makes perfect. Making connection is another part of getting a job that I took for granted. I play volleyball for my university and at the end of every year, we have an alumni game. It is such a great opportunity to make connections, meet new people, and to get your name out there. Meeting those who share your major, field of interest, or even people you know can make a world of difference.
    I have taken several interview practice classes to set my mind at ease at the thought of interviews. I have visited our career planning service at my university, created a LinkedIn, and have spoken with many professors on advice for overall career “know-hows”. I also think that getting your name out in the open and making friends of all kinds is a great way to get and find jobs. In the end, you want to be you, the best you that you can be. Instead of interviewing with my law professor for my dream internship, I, a couple months later asked her if she would write me a recommendation letter to be an RA. Wouldn’t you know, I got the job. I love my RA position and it has taught me many valuable skills. But, I would have really loved that internship that could have really helped with my future career in the legal field. With one mistake in the past, we live and we learn.
    I recently applied for a position in our Housing and residential life. The position was called the Assistant Community Director. I was not sure how I thought I would do, if I could even do this job, or if I should even try. But, I thought back to my internship loss and I went ahead and applied for it. Everything went according to plan; my interview was great, resume was perfect, and all the paperwork I filled out was a breeze. Sadly, I did not get the position, but I was close. They thanked me for applying and told me I was close, but they were looking for someone with 3 years of RA experience. They told me to apply again next year. I was not too terribly bummed. I still got to be an RA and I was told to apply again. It is the little things that can set you up for the future.

  • This summer will be the first time I have had time to apply for a job. Therefore it is important to me that I know what factors that are scrutinized in a job interview. As a future counselor I will need to attend at minimum 6 years of college. It is vitally important to me that these school years are put to use after college. This guide helps me to keep in mind the important things when applying for a job and how my employer will view my application and my interview. I think it is important to our generation, who have been labeled the entitled generation, that we know the value of having to earn our job. We don’t get to just be handed the job, we need to earn it. This guide helps us learn how to obtain that desired job and is very useful.

  • I thought the resume lesson was very helpful. It highlighted a lot of things that I was told when going to college. A resume as to be something that a recruiter can look at and see that all the information is straight to the point. I have some idea of how a resume should look since we took courses on that at college. Especially the part about showing your accomplishments and what you are good at. You don’t want to show anything really negative about you on a resume, you want the employer to only see what you are capable of. In a way, your resume has to display a great deal of confidence in yourself and in your abilities. This guide has been really helpful, I will definitely use it for reference with any job help!

  • Wow, what a great guide! Like many college students, job searching is one daunting task after another for someone without any insight into what makes a good employee profile. I have definitely learned the importance of networking during my own experience working (in two completely unrelated areas) as a tennis coach as well as interning for a recording studio. I would not have been hired for either of those opportunities had I not known people in those spheres who had contacts seeking employees and who knew me well enough to provide a good recommendation. Those are just entrance level jobs, but I will bring this advice with me into future jobs, and hopefully a career!

  • One point that really stood out to me in the one about “don’t babble.” I always found myself, especially during an interview setting, where I really wanted to go on and on about my experience. Over time I found that being concise really was the key, and it was more effective to go in with the main points you want to get across. This has also bled over into my education as well, as when I’m answering questions in class or writing an essay I try to get the point across without extra unnecessary fluff.

  • I’ve applied for a couple of jobs last year and I’ve gotten two interviews. After both interviews, the managers would tell me that I did good job and that they would call me. I never got a call back. It discourage me because I thought they were lying and trying to let me off in a nice manner. Until my brother told me that you have to bug them, to keep calling them to show that you’re willing to go the extra mile, and to show your different from the rest of the crowd.
    It annoyed me at the time, I didn’t understand the job world, I’m only 20 years old and I don’t have anything to my name. And being around officials can make you feel so small. And at the time I thought it was enough to show that I wanted a job because I applied for it. But it is so much more than that it is something that always has to be perfect. One mistake can cost you and that’s scary.
    So I stopped looking for a job because I felt sorry for myself which is the worst thing to do. I didn’t do anything for a year, and it made me feel even worse. I wasn’t in school either. In the beginning it was nice, to not worry about anything and the next few months it got boring. I was tired of being lethargic and waiting for something to happen, I realized you have to make things happen, so I now I’m back in school and it feels great.
    I also got a call back from a job that I applied for in the winter. And reading this article has given me so much confidence, I love how there are so many approaches on how to tackle a job, I will for sure be taking down notes for this because it’s basically a cheat sheet. And I now know to that we’ll call you back means we want you to call back, to see if this is really important to you. It is!

  • I was passionate about my past job as a contractor. I worked in a quarry whenever the manager called me up, I was always there. I asked the saleslady of that same company if I could be an intern for her for a week. I showed up early every day and stayed as long as she needed me. I worked for free and learned about a whole different side of the business that I had never seen before. She could tell that I was eager and she taught me a lot.
    She offered to write me a letter of recommendation if I ever needed one and gave me advice on college and degrees. It is a connection that I will always have. She knows that I am reliable and that I push myself to experience new things to better myself.

  • I struggled a lot with getting a job last summer. I applied to many places. I had never had a job before, so I did not know how to be a good prospective employee. I really wanted to get a job. I did not even submit a resume to the places to which I had applied. Finally, I heard back from one place- a pizza restaurant. I got the job and spent a year working there. I loved it. I made many good connections there. Although this job is not in my line of work, it has given me very good skills that I can apply to my career one day.

    I read this article and found it to be extremely helpful. I really thought that the tips on making your resume better were very helpful to me. That is one thing that I have always struggled with- perfecting my resume. I got some good information from this article on how to make my resume stand out from others. I am excited to use the tips in this article to help me get my next job!

  • I am currently studying criminal justice, and feel passionately that I can make a difference. However I always find myself going back to the same problem, what experience do I have to set myself apart from others who might be going for the same job? All throughout high school I really didn’t have the slightest idea what I wanted to do after college, it wasn’t until my first criminal justice class that I really found a passion for wanting to help people.

    I am only a freshman in college, I know I have time until I graduate; but that’s just it. In high school I said “I have time, I’ll figure it out.” I simply waited too long and missed out on opportunities that could have helped me. I have worked all through high school, and am now working two jobs. However these two jobs do not really have anything to do with the criminal justice system, in the slightest.

    Reading this article helped me better understand that as a matter of fact I am not a lost cause. I do have time now to network to people who will ultimately help me reach my goals, whatever they may be. I have the power to make opportunities work for me, and put myself out there to soak up every experience I have. Honestly this helped me realize that my work and efforts being put in now will help me get where I want to be, and land me my dream job.

  • So I can relate to one of the event listed. Literally just two months ago, I got a really great opportunity to get hired to become a mentor for a school-run program in my university. Everything was going well and all, I got back from my application and I was scheduled for an interview. I was pretty confident about my chances for the job after the interview.

    However, It had been a week since I finished the follow-up interview for the position and I had not heard back anything from them. I felt weird and I decided to send them an email regarding the position for the job and apparently they did send me an email to verify one last piece of information given from my application before moving on to the decision. But it somehow landed on the spam folder which I barely checked at all. They eventually disqualified me from the opportunity for the position since they thought I was no longer interested in the position and moved on which in fact I was. And that is how I am still unemployed today and I have learnt a valuable lesson for future chances.

  • When I first came to the United States, about a year ago, I realized I had never worked a job in my entire life. I was already 19 years old and I had no job, but at the time it all seemed right, until I came across my dorm mate. She was a year younger than I (I started school a little late) and she had already worked around three jobs (she started when she was 16.) The day she came back from school and told me she had landed her fourth job was the day that I started realizing I was in big trouble.

    I wanted to land a job but I was so afraid of rejection: why would they want an unexperienced 19-year-old to work for their company? why would they even consider hiring me if I lack of experience? I would then start job applications with hopes and dreams about becoming part of their working environment, picturing myself earning my own money and at the same time rewarding myself with work-related experience for the future. Unfortunately when it came to the part where one has to put their “past job experiences” I would freeze in front of the screen and I would end up closing the application, losing my place in that company forever.

    This happened several times. My first semester in college, I struggled with self-confidence. I never thought I was going to be good enough to land a job because I would be “that applicant” who would leave the job experience page in all blanks or would end up filling it up with volunteer experiences that in my mind were not at the same level.

    Fortunately, when I came back from my second semester, I realized I needed to stop being so negative about myself: everyone needs to start somewhere! So I started the job search and I started sending applications everywhere. I didn’t only sell myself in my Resumé or on my cover letter, but also in the image I portrayed. When I got a call back for my first interview EVER for a job, I was so nervous I spent the day before looking over my clothes and carefully gathering all the documents I needed to present. Once I got to it, I was extremely nervous and I realized that I had not prepared well enough, but I still maintained confidence and remained calm during the interview. Ironically, 10 minutes after I had finished my interview thinking I had blown it and was not going to get hired, I receive a call from the manager saying that they were interested in hiring me. I did not take that job because I had a second interview that week at a place that was closer to where I live and since I don’t own a car, proximity to my work place was something very relevant to me.

    I can say that this second interview went much better because I had researched the company, I had prepared my documents and I even sold myself way better. At the end, I ended up asking questions and got both my bosses very interested in adding me to their team…. And that is how I landed my first job. All I can say is that I learned that we all need to start somewhere, and that the most important thing is CONFIDENCE because once you have it you will be able to write a good Resumé, an outstanding Cover Letter, you will do the necessary research and overall you will succeed in your interview because you will be able to transmit your confidence to your employers. I asked myself: why would they even consider hiring me if I lack of experience? and I realized that the answer relied on self-confidence and willingness to succeed.

  • Sometimes, the biggest obstacle when attempting to apply to work with a company is that company itself.

    This actually rings a bell to an experience just last month. In late October of 2015, I had applied as a substitute teacher for a prestigious and well-known local school district. It had raving reviews, I was notified they were in need of subs, especially those who knew American Sign Language (ASL), such as myself, it was recommended strongly by parents of children currently in attendance, and, some of the schools were literally a five minute drive from my house. This plan was perfect, especially in that they actually had a Deaf Education program present (my ultimate dream job). So, I applied.

    3 months later…

    I receive an email the day before I was to head home to visit family. This email in particular was from that school district I had applied to and heard nothing from, and my Junk Mail folder can vouch as well. Essentially it read, “several interviewees never RSVP’d, so we have space to interview additional applicants tomorrow morning… please reply ASAP”. Thus, I did, and just a few short seconds later, it was sent– my sacrificing seeing family postponed so I could be interviewed for a company that saw me as second-rate and never cared to notify me otherwise, but instead by rush correspondence.

    I waited.

    The next day rolled around, and those time slots came and went.

    I had never received an email back. To this day, that last sentence still rings true.

    To gain an opportunity at a great company, sometimes you need a little more patience than usual- not only to get your head above all other competitors for the same position at the same location- but to be able to handle terrible let-downs (or, sometimes worse, no let-downs whatsoever). Keep doing what you’re doing- following all of these remarkably helpful and useful steps, and always aim to go above and beyond what is required of you, even at the most initial stages of the application process.
    Work hard enough to make those past, failed applications and work opportunities regret not having hired or contacted you. If you believe everything happens for a reason, use that failed opportunity as a force to drive you further…towards better things.

    Doing so will only push you further towards great companies and a great vocation… one day.

  • It definitely helps to be willing to work for free. This shows the employer that you are genuinely interested in the field you are applying for, and not simply after the money.

    In Albuquerque I was able to obtain a construction job by asking the foreman if I could work three days a week with no compensation. When he inquired as to my reason for being willing to work with no compensation, I replied that I wanted to learn how to do framing so that I could build my own house.

    The foreman hired me on the spot, starting me at $10/hour because he recognized that i would go beyond expectations in the work force.

  • Thankfully, I am going into a field where the demand for jobs is high, but these are still great tips regarding how to set yourself aside from others when applying for jobs. Or any application for that matter. Soon I will be applying to medical school, and that is just like applying for jobs. Medical school might take me a couple times to get accepted, but I won’t give up and I will keep applying to as many places as I possibly can. These tips will definitely increase my chances of getting into medical school and getting a job after I complete that! Great read and so helpful.

  • I think in today’s age its so hard for young people to find good jobs simply because employers don’t want to take risks with them which sadly results in the job seekers not having anything to put on resumes and also not having any references. “The squeaky wheel gets the grease” is something I hear from my parents a lot which basically means bug the employers, but after bugging and bugging, at some point you have to give up. Actually having a job now, I can see that some employers get annoyed with you calling and checking on applications and giving them a resume that says “I am good with Microsoft and Excel” inst going to get you anywhere either.

    Something I need to do when looking for jobs is keep my options open and not be so stuck on one job. Once I find something that I want, I tend to only think about that one job and forget that there could be 15 other people wanting the same job. I personally only like retail jobs but that might not be the best for my resume when I graduate school and want to get a nursing job in a hospital. I should be trying to get into nursing home and such. This article has made me realize more than what it has told me.

    Something else that stuck out to me was leave something for your employer to remember you by. If awkward exiting is what you mean, I have that down pact. Whenever I’m leaving an interview, I get more nervous than before. I start to stutter and say words that aren’t even real and its hard for to ignore this. I want potential employers to remember me as a social butterfly and somebody who is confident in what they’re saying and what they know. I want to be better in all asects of life period, not just in the workforce.

  • I am the type of person that writes a paper and does not go back to edit it because I always think that it is perfect. That is a huge flaw but I am working on it. Reading the Resume section of this guide helped me realize that I really need to go back and edit it (again). I met once with a person who works at Northrop Grumman and he advised me to be more concise and to the point. He explained that employers take about 7 seconds on average looking at a resume so I had to make those seconds count. I went back and edited it and when I showed it to another employer they explained that it was too short and vague.

    After reading this, I believe that I have a better idea of the type of information that a future employer will be looking for. My resume is already appealing to the eye, I just need to be more specific as well as staying away from things that are not relevant. I am definitely going to go through each section because I can only imagine the type of useful information that I can apply in other areas in the business field.

  • Experience or not … isn’t work, I came from the oil field…. 1 1/2 year seeking for job opportunity … Nothing !!!!
    I believed if you ” being the most deceitful and conquer ” … !!! Other things are jobs are in 20 hrs on call between $7.50/12.75…how people live with that???? We are 15.million unemployed right now….why ?

  • We all dream about finding that perfect job for “me” and the joys of possibly loving every second of that career. We want to do everything right in hopes of pleasing someone, succeeding in our chosen path, and one day becoming successful and what we always wanted to be. We all want to succeed and be the best that we can be. Whether we are driven by money, pleasing an employer, or status, having a job is an important aspect of life that cannot be ignored.

    My biggest mistake in all my employment opportunities is my immediate thought of failure. The thought of disappointing someone brings me absolute horror and disgust. I think of every way I can fail and or disappoint those around me. Confidence is that necessary evil required for almost everything in life. Confidence or some comes easy. For others, it is so close, yet so far. Reaching out, taking risks, and being confident, to me, are steps when finding that first job, or any job. I passed up a great internship with a law professor I have because I was too afraid I would let her down. I regret it.

    Applying for jobs or internships is like skydiving, you just have to go for it! You have to dress for success, be timely, beef up and have someone look over your resume, practice makes perfect, get that experience, talk to people, get to know people, get your name out there, be you, and do the best that you can do. You have to move forward, never look back. One must reach out and search, nothing will come upon by its self. You have to really dig to find that diamond in the rough. I am a firm believer in beefing up your resume and having several people look it over for you. Practice makes perfect.

    I have taken several interview practice classes to set my mind at ease at the thought of interviews. I also thing that getting your name out in the open and making friends of all kinds is a great way to get and find jobs. In the end, you want to be you, the best you that you can be. Instead of interviewing with my law professor for my dream internship, I, a couple months later asked her if she would write me a recommendation letter to be an RA. Wouldn’t you know, I got the job. I love my RA position and it has taught me many valuable skills. But, I would have really loved that internship that could have really helped with my future career in the legal field.

  • This post is very interesting and enlightening. It is probably the best blog I have read the whole day. I learned a lot of things from this blog. The one that strikes me the most is the “If you haven’t studied and practiced job search skills, you should assume you suck at job search ” section where he talks about how bosses and recruiters like himself notice the very little mistakes us employees make and we, the employees, are completely oblivious to it. I had the same experience in a job I worked at last semester. My boss would notice the little mistakes I made but never came out and told me to improve them or to notice the mistakes. Eventually these miniscule mistakes led me to not get rehired. Therefore using the information I learned in this blog I will definitely notice and improve my errors. Thank you very much.

  • When I was 16, I went out on a search for my first job. I applied at a few places close to home. I applied at Marshalls and patiently waited for a call for an interview. After about a week, I had not received a phone call so I called the store and asked to speak to the hiring manager. After calling three days in a row and being told that the hiring manager was not in, I got a little frustrated. The next day, I went into the store and asked to speak to the hiring manager in person. After talking to me for a few minutes, the manager agreed to schedule and interview with me.

    My interview was very laid back and easy. The hiring manager at the time informed me that he did not like to hire minors because of the specific break and lunch period rules but he really wanted to give me a shot. If I had not been persistent and showed the manager that I would not give up, I don’t think I would have ever been employed at Marshalls.

    Now, four years later, I am still with the same company and at the same location. In fact, I am one of the assistant managers today. I am glad that I was persistent and probably a little annoying; it showed that I was motivated.

    This was a great story to read! There are great tips in here for when I am applying for a job within my future career. When I was 16, I didn’t need a resume with a cover letter or any of that so it is nice to have somewhere to go for some pointers.

  • The website provides a great resource for getting a job. A few years ago, I applied for a job and got an interview, but unfortunately the lack of knowledge about the interview process didn’t land me the job. I was a strong candidate however my performance during the interview didn’t convince the company to offer me the job. After experiencing many job rejections, I took a step back and started analyzing my thought process during my past interviews. I came to the conclusion that some of the reasons why I didn’t get many jobs offers, was due to my lack of preparation for the interview questions. If I would have seen this website back then, I would have probably landed a job quicker.

  • While reading this in depth and very useful article it has allowed me to expand my horizons of how to enter the work force. It also reminded me that as the years progress and several people want to enter the same area as you,you want to make yourself stand out from the others.
    This article reminds me of the first time I applied for a job. I had no idea what to do, what I should do first. My dad had to guide me through everything, luckily He used to hire people for the business he worked for. If I had this article around that time it would have allowed me to be more professional than I was then. My interview went great I was nervous, she probably could notice. Although I had a great resume, I brought two with me and a notepad and pen if needed to take notes. I carried myself great through the interview and I spoke to her about stuff I could provide for her. Like the article said placing yourself in the minds of the interviewer thats what I did. I told her the stuff she wanted to know and not what I wanted from the company. In the end I received the job and to this day I still work for them, two years later.

  • This article is so important for people looking for jobs and I know from firsthand experience that these tips really work! When I was in high school we had a job interview workshop in which our teachers provided us with several interview tips that were very similar to the ones in this article. Although making good impressions and connections may seem obvious and like redundant advice, it is advice that is often not valued enough and could be the deciding factor of whether or not someone will get the job.

    While I was recently being interviewed, I made my desire and passion for the job clear and was prepared with numerous questions. Prior to the interview, I made sure to research the company and their core values. I also made sure to think about which of my qualities and skills would be an asset to the company. In the end I got the job on the spot! I recommend all prospective employees keep the tips from this article in mind!

  • It has been my experience that the advice you give in the Interviewing section is spot on; I always send a follow-up email (usually to whoever interviewed me as I’ll ask for their contact information at the end of the interview) and despite not being hired in my desired field yet (I have a very stable job that pays well so I am in a good position to look for a job in the field I am going to school for) I have received a lot of really great feedback about how I could improve, the impressions I gave that may have differed from my intentions, and what they were looking for in that position. I’ve been able to implement many of these constructive criticisms and believe that I will do better the next time I am called in for an interview.

    My biggest hurdle right now is that the industry I work in is not at all related to the jobs I am applying for, so I have had to get very good at translating how my skills obtained here would be helpful in the other field. As a science student, I am competing against people with a lot of experience even at the undergrad level and as such I’ve committed myself to a leadership position in the Women in Science club at my university and I’ll be starting research this Spring on a subject I’m very passionate about (Urban Gardening and Soil Toxicity in urban environments). I am hopeful that this, in addition to my wealth of experience being a working, adult student, will result in my obtaining a good position as a Biologist for my state’s government.

  • I wish I had known about this guide when I started applying for part time jobs in high school. It clearly outlines everything needed for a good job, even when you don’t need to send in a resume when applying. I had first applied to a Walgreens near my home in my junior year of high school. Of course I was nervous, since it was the first time I had ever applied for a job. I answered the questions as well as I could, but not with Walgreens’ goal for its employees in mind. My application made me seem too inexperienced and unwilling to interact with customers or other employees. It wasn’t a total surprise when I didn’t get the job.

    When I needed a job again, this past summer, I applied for a job at Michael’s, an art supply store. I had a ton of experience, having an associate’s degree in art and having used many of Michael’s art supplies for college and my own projects. I wasn’t called back about my application, to my surprise. When it came to the personal question part of the application, I felt I made myself a little too aloof. I was as welcoming or friendly as I could have been, and forgot to mention my volunteering hours that had to do with art and dealing with people, which would have made me a much better employee candidate in retrospect. It always pays off to mention all your relevant experience, even if you don’t think it’s very important to yourself or to them.

  • As I read the guide, I couldn’t stop myself from remembering the interview I had with the manager from an Aldi supermarket I had applied to. I wanted to start working at Aldi because they had a high rate pay and they also included benefits for their workers. I remember the hiring manager begin to ask me how I heard about the job opening and began to ask me about the types of skills I had and what i had to offer the company. Then he began to ask me about the Company itself and I was completely clueless. He asked me why the prices of the merchandise sold at the store were so low and why they didn’t give free grocery bags. I answered all of the questions wrong, I was so embarrassed. I never thought that doing research about the company could help me get the job. After the interview, I was denied the position. This guide has really helped me realize the importance of little steps I must take to ensure a job position and steps that will help be build a foundation for when I am job hunting.

  • I feel like I don’t have enough experience when it comes to applying for jobs and interviewing for jobs. I am a 22 year old college student as well as a student athlete at a Division 1 school and rarely have time to work. This is the biggest downside to being a student athlete. There is no time to work except for the 2 months that we get off for summer vacation. So, unfortunately, the only job I’ve held was a lifeguard over the summer and during the school year I work as an assistant librarian at a library on campus.

    As I was reading this guide for a job search, one of the biggest things that stood out to me was the idea of knowing and talking about what you know and love in your life while in a job interview. I understand that I don’t have a lot of job experience but I also know that I have a lot of life experiences and connections through college athletics. Not to mention my major alone, exercise science, has a lot of connections to sport and people involved in sport. I am nervous to enter the job world in a year or two but I feel somewhat confident in my ability to interview well and convince someone that despite the lack of job experience, I am still a qualified candidate. I’m still unsure what I can do about the lack of job experience due to the fact that being a student athlete requires about 30 hours a week of commitment.

    This post shows that networking can be key in success, but it also has its drawbacks. With my little work experience that networking would be the key for me to get a job in this economy. The connections I have made as a student athlete and the experiences I’ve had should help with my ability to get a job.

  • I have applied at many jobs only to get told that I have to have more of an open availability rather than the Mon- Fri 8a-6p that I had put down on my applications. Although some think it’s oh because she don’t want to work weekends. I will by any means work weekends if I had the dependable babysitter that my daycare only provides during the week. I have had to step down on a couple of previous jobs because of the dependability of a sitter which in turns makes me look bad. I just wish that people really understood how hard it is for a single parent of 5 to find a dependable sitter. I have also applied at jobs that say they will train and then just get told that they are looking for some experience so how am I to get experience if they aren’t willing to help me get experience. Have some classes ( MS Word, Powerpoint, Excel ) are good but they are looking for jobs that you have actually put them to use. It’s like a no win situation but I’m not going to give up. That isn’t going to stop me from putting applications in because somewhere someone will give me a chance!

  • As i read these articles it reminded me on how i got my first job. I applied once and i waited three days before they called me to let me know that i was hired. At the beginning i was a bit nervous, but i told myself that i was going to make this interview the best. Throughout the interview i was asked many questions. they asked if i knew another language, if i knew good customer service skills, and if i was responsible. As i answered all their questions they were quite impressed with my results. now till this day i am still in the same job and it has been a very good journey. After reading this article i realized that i used everything that it talked about throughout the whole interview. that is when i realized that that is why i got a job. i recommend this source to everyone, read it, it has some very good pointer on what to do and how to do it.

  • When I was a teenager, getting a job wasn’t on my mind. My parents pushed me though, threatening to turn my phone off or taking away my car. So I spent my days applying to restaurants and business offices. It was rarely that I’d get a call to have an interview. Well with my immature mind, I didn’t really care to do my best. I’d walk in to my interviews under dressed with my piercings in and my tattoos out.
    The people interviewing me would check me out from head to toe and shack their head. When they thanked me for my time, that was the last time I’d hear from them. Interviews are definitely the most important factor when looking for a job. It is true what they say, your first impression is what sticks. Mine was never positive. As an adult and mother of two, I want to do better in the future. To land my dream job, these steps could help me ace any interviews.

  • Whenever I find a job that I want, I always get the feeling that I am not good enough or that I know I will not get the job. It is all negative feelings. After this lesson, I feel like all I have to do is be confident and strong. Expect the worst but hope for the best. I use that for every other aspect of my life except for when it comes to job searching. I have applied at so many places that would be good money, good benefits and awesome hours, but have always been told I am over qualified. I know being over qualified is probably a good thing, but when a place is so desperate for workers, and will not hire people with experience, it makes you think that maybe it is not that you are over qualified but that you are not good enough. This lesson taught me that I need to be more confident in myself, and that if I want the job bad enough to keep trying, or to look for another opportunity,

  • When I turned sixteen, I began applying to local stores around my town. Unfortunately, no one would hire me. I can completely relate to this article, it answers so many questions I have asked myself because I’m still currently unemployed. I do not have proper grammar which would explain so much of their perspective of me. This article is inspirational and I’m taking in mind all theses suggestions from the author! I wish people knew more about this story it would help so many unemployed citizens searching for a job!

  • When I first started looking for a job I always told myself that I would get the job I wanted. Many people would tell me that I was very coincided due to the fact that I would say that, but I would say it to keep my mindset that it was possible.

    Then when I began to apply in several locations I knew that I was most likely got get the job because the managers were impressed with my interview. But I soon came to realize that I felt like if I was going to let my peers down. I had to overcome that once I got hired because if I didn’t I would be bringing negativity to the work place.

    Once I got the job I knew that it would help me mature, and that it is one step deeper in to the real world. It is very important to know that there is struggles in getting a job, but you are the only one that can over come them because at the end of the day you are the one getting a job and not your peers.

  • Very Educative, especially for an up and coming graduate. These are important notes to take as it will lead to a successful career path. Thank you.

  • This was a great guide! Getting a job interview is a great opportunity to shine and having
    the appropriate tools to prepare is critical. I will save this guide and share
    it as it contains valuable information.

  • I have learned that perseverance is important in achieving
    anything. Sometimes you have to try 5,10,20,90 or 200 times in order to get
    what you want. Nothing can stop you if it is your dream to have something. I
    learned this in a simple way at my job when I would not find a prescription
    that a customer was there to pick up. However, I know that this principle
    applies to all areas of life. I you really want something you have to keep
    trying over and over until you get it or find it.

  • I have learned that perseverance is important in achieving anything. Sometimes you have to try 5,10,20,90 or 200 times in order to get what you want. Nothing can stop you if it is your dream to have something. I learned this in a simple way at my job when I would not find a prescription that a customer was there to pick up. However, i know that this principle applies to all areas of life. I you really want something you have to keep trying over and over until you get it or find it.

  • The article confirmed to be prepared before an interview. I need to make sure I know my skills and qualifications before I go to the interview. The interview should not be the first time you go over your attributes. The hardest thing for me in the interview is to have a question at the end of the interview. There is so much information on the internet it is hard to have a quality question.

  • I have not had much experience in the employment field but I have done a lot of volunteer work. I have lots of experience in different areas simply just didn’t get paid for it. I enjoyed reading this site as I will take the pointers that were given when I do venture out into the work field. In my experience, I have watched many different people in the process of looking for work and I have realized that there has to be a happy medium for the employer and the prospect. Meaning that although an employer wants the prospect to be open and him/herself, there also has to be a level of respect and professionalism. So even though you are not kicking back on a couch with your friends when talking to a possible employer, you are also not so tight and fake that you have to rehearse the answers to possible questions.

  • When i was off for college the first thing that i knew i was going to have trouble with was CHANGE. Not only was i from California going to Iowa from the sunshine to the snow. I had no clue what iowa was going to be like , i was just going there to play baseball. Like most kids there i didn’t have my parents because my mom died that year and my dad was too busy to come out and help me move in so thats when my life really changed as i was officially on my own.

    Now that i am coming across my last 2 years in college this site gave me a good understanding of what too look for and what to not look for or what not to do when trying to get that job that you really want. Now days companies are looking for those people that are going to benefit them the most in there companies so that is why it is so important to get that degree and have the slightest edge on people you are up against.

  • As I was reading this well written statement, I’ve began to understand why it is very important to work hard at what you do. I am a first generation college student and a senior at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Soon I will be looking for a job, and I do understand that as a Social Worker it is a must to reach above and beyond what life hands you. I believe that the main person to keep you from where you want to be is yourself. And even now, I am having a hard time with dealing with that. Forward and prospecting really spoke to me while reading each paragraph. I’ve come to the realization that you have to know what you want, plan how to get there and “show up ready to battle.” With most successful companies, it is important to understand that everyone wants that dread job, but who is willing to take that chance to do what it takes to live that dream. I most definitely have to print this document off to keep for myself. Thank you for opening my mind into another perspective on what it takes to be successful in the business world.

  • Networking is my biggest downfall. I often feel that I do not have the qualifications or education in my career industry to share what I do with others. I love what I do and feel successful at it. It is something inside myself that holds me back. I have realized missed opportunities because I did not open up and share my life and what I am interested with with the person that my friend introduced me to. Or someone I meet at the supermarket.

    I recently met a new friend whom I wouldn’t have contact with for very long. We are both military spouses and move often. She came into my life at the end of her husband’s career and they would be moving back to the states shortly after our first meeting. I was self conscious about my career. I have a large, wonderful clientele who obviously comes back to me for a reason. However, I did not share with her what I did. I told her that I was a student at the moment, which wasn’t a lie but wasn’t the full truth.

    Then, when she moved back home and gained employment in her area, she ended up working for my dream corporation. She could have very well put in a good word for myself at the branch in my area….if only she had known. Now, she no longer works for that company and has moved on with her life. I am kicking myself for not allowing myself to grow, only by sharing what I do.

  • Such a common discussion, especially in regards to newcomers in the job market, is how to be professional. Someone professional will be well organized, enthusiastic, and ready for anything their potential employer could throw at them. These are some fantastic pointers to be able to do just that.

    The class I just finished, Comic Scripting, ended with the topic on how to approach publishers in as professional a manner as possible. This extends from the clarity of your papers and contact information all the way to how you behave with the editors themselves and others in the business. So many people fail to see how paramount these qualities are when approaching potential employment and then wonder how they possibly failed.

    I think most of us can agree that professionalism can take you a long way in the world, whether seeking a publisher, employment, or any interaction in the job market.

  • I most definitely had a horrible time trying to find a job when I was 16 going on 17, due to how my birthday was set in early September. I had tried for months to find a good job with reasonable pay and had all the requirements met by myself and especially my parents. I eventually found a job but it was one I could not stand.
    Eight months later I quit the job, thank goodness, but still had no idea what to do in terms of a new job and where to get a fresh start. I eventually went out to lunch one day and saw an application for a local restaurant I rarely ever ate at, I filled it out, listed a friend of mine that worked there as a reference and a was asked for an interview on the spot!
    My friend managed to put in a good word for me and because of her, now I have a job I really enjoy with co-workers I can’t imagine living without.

  • This article was very helpful and gave me a better understanding of what is expected of me in the job world. I think many people can benefit from this article, as people are finding it harder and harder, not only to find jobs, but to obtain them. As a college student, I’ve only worked regular jobs, for the most part. However, even in those jobs, there is a degree of competition, particularly in areas with very few job opportunities.

    I’m really glad I read this article. I feel I’m walking away with more knowledge about the business world than I had previously.

  • In my area there are not many job opportunities given the high unemployment rates and also the fact there are mostly agriculture related jobs. Getting a job as a fieldworker is not very hard. The process for getting a job as an agricultural worker is very casual and you are hired in the spot, I don’t think there is anything else like this type of experience. However, trying get a job in a store or some other industry other than agriculture is close to impossible unless you know the right people. I have yet to experience the whole traditional job search thing to be able and make further comments on my experiences.

    Nevertheless, when asking for a job as agricultural worker, the foreman quickly interviews you and if you know someone from his crew, that person becomes like your “reference”. The foreman gives a fast job description, asks if you have the necessary skills, and if you have experience. Often times, experience is a determining factor on whether you get the job or not. I believe experience is the most important factor when applying for a job.

  • Thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge of the workforce. I don’t have much work experience, but I will try to prepare myself with what you have shared in this article. I believe with an education and passion in my field of choice, I have a start.

  • I really loved reading this article because, this information can
    potentially help many people strengthen their application and land a job. This article reminded me of my first interview and how it did not go
    according to plan. Looking back, I am glad that I volunteered for several
    months prior to getting hired. I was only looking to volunteer, there were no
    available positions at the time, until months later. I was not prepared for the questions that were asked, however,
    the last question of my interview was if I was going to continue to volunteer
    even if I was not selected for the position. My answer was yes, a week
    later I got the job. I feel that even though my interview was not
    perfect, I took other initiatives to show my boss that I was interested and
    dedicated for working for them.

    I also liked reading about the resume portion. Many people make little mistakes than can easily cost them the job. There are ways to be honest on your resume without having to disclose information that can potentially disqualify the applicant. Getting a job is not always easy, but articles like these help people understand the ideal employer a boss is seeking.

  • When I first clicked on this guide I immediately connected to everything that was said. I have graduated with a Bachelors Degree and I was in that stage of trying to find a job before the loans started coming in. I went through the depression and nervousness of trying to impress my future employer. There definitely was a panic of trying to put my degree to use. Even though I am continuing my education to become more specialized in my field, I found this guide very helpful for my future job search. Especially with the points made about putting your wants second and not worrying about what you want from an employer. I admit that in looking for jobs I was putting my needs first and trying to find an employer that fits my needs and not thinking about the opposite perspective, the employers need for me.
    In the future I will definitely do my research and look more into the companies I apply to. I realized that it will help me with putting the company first and strengthen what I have to offer for the company.

  • This article has a lot of useful information for future endeavors. I recently applied for a job, and I was nervous because last summer my job search was unfruitful. I was new to the job search scene, and I wasn’t really sure how to go about it. I didn’t have a very good resume, I didn’t know how to write a cover letter, and I had no idea that you should research the company ahead of time. Needless to say, I didn’t even land an interview. Fast forward to a few weeks ago, I prepared extensively for a job that I was very passionate about receiving. I edited my resume multiple times and looked at various guides to writing a good resume. When I got the call for and interview, I did my research. This helped me talk about how I would be a good fit for the position, and I spoke honestly on why I felt that I’d be a good candidate. Because I took the time to prepare myself for my application and interview, and because I portrayed myself as someone who is a responsible hard-worker who has a genuine interest in the position, I was hired!

    While I got the job I wanted, this guide contains so much more information that I didn’t know about. I believe this guide will help me for future job searches that are more related to my major and intended career path, and it will make finding a job after graduating much more successful (hopefully). Being well-prepared gave me more confidence, and with more practice, finding a job should become less intimidating.

  • Searching for a job is definitely intimidating. I am still in college, but my every move is in anticipation of one day landing that coveted job position. I am attempting to build my resume and help myself to stand out in a sea of people who will all be doing the exact same thing. Every piece of advice offered here is pertinent, but I think the best suggestion is number one of the forward, “Know yourself. Know what you are good at and what you enjoy. Search out positions that will engage you fully-nothing will make job search easier for you.”

    We spend 40 hours a week at our jobs. That’s a good chunk of time. It feels even longer if you don’t love what you do. My first job ever was working in a retail store that sold cosmetics. It was a simple enough job. At the time I was just excited at the thought of earning a pay check each week, but the truth was that I barely ever wore cosmetics. I grew up as the only girl in a family of five kids. Needless to say, I was a bit of tom boy. Makeup, lotion, and sprays were simply never my thing. I was decent enough at the job, but I hated going to work and I only lasted at the company for two months.

    It was a short lived experience and what stands out most in my mind is the interview process. I distinctly remember sitting in the interview trying to muster up as much enthusiasm about cosmetics as I possibly
    could. This was no small feat for a girl who barely knew how to apply eyeliner. How I ever landed the job is beyond me, but the experience has taught me a very important lesson. There is no use trying to squeeze the proverbial square peg into a round hole. If you apply for a job you believe you’ll love, doing something you think you’ll enjoy, then that need to muster up enthusiasm won’t exist. The enthusiasm will already be there and potential employers will take note.

    Thanks for all of the great advice!

  • I think it’s really important to have a “cultural” fit for any job that you’re to hold in your life. If you don’t like what your doing, and if you don’t fit the mentality of whatever carer you hold, it’s time to find a new job. I’ll always know to try my best, and make sure whatever I’m doing in life makes me happy.

  • This is a great article. As a recent veteran and having gone through a number of required transition courses before separating from the military, I learned a lot of useful information about interviewing and writing resumes with non-military lingo. However, a lot of things were missed such as how to initiate informational interviews and what the etiquette for thank you letters/emails were following a meeting or interview. In addition, understanding the mindset of managers and recruiters seems to be crucial in building the confidence to become a subject matter expert, who can approach a company and claim to be the solution to its problems.

    Having gone through practice interviews in my transition classes, I thought I was ready to tackle my business school interviews. However, it took outside resources and an experienced veteran to really help me understand what significant accomplishments to mention and the correct verbiage to use to describe my job descriptions. Articles like this really elucidate the nuances of writing great resumes, interviewing well, and networking efficiently and proficiently. And the best part is the numerous examples to use as templates. Templates are just great starting points for people, especially veterans, to use to build up a strong foundation for their personal development. I know I’ll keep this article saved in order to refer to it in the future.

  • Prospecting is one of the most important lessons I’ve learned in my past four years of high school. Prospecting is a lesson that was difficult for me to grasp, but without a doubt is necessary in order to succeed. The problem with prospecting is that fear often dictates you from even attempting to take action. The fear that you don’t know what you want exactly, the fear that you won’t get what you’re looking for, and ultimately the fear of failure.

    Applying for colleges was a strenuous process, trying to decide which institution would pave the way for my future these next four years was nerve wrecking. I didn’t know what I wanted for a while and I didn’t think I was capable of achieving anything even close to what my fellow classmates were. At one point I even began to compare myself to their financial backgrounds and was convincing myself college was not even an option for a person like myself. I felt like a failure before I even tried. I allowed myself to become victim to my own circumstances. I was wrong for that. We can’t change our circumstances, but we can change the way we approach them. This lesson can be applied to many things in life, especially when it comes to job searching. What I learned from my mistakes is the fact of life that failure is inevitable and never to let your circumstances cage you from living in the present. To try and run from failure is a silly concept, failure is essentially what will guide your road to success. To allow failure to knock you down and not attempt to keep pushing forward is only waste a time. The clock doesn’t stop ticking for anybody; every second, every minute, you stay sulking over your worries or putting all your hope in a future without doing anything about getting yourself there in the present is time wasted. That concept is a necessary tool to have when job searching.

    Prospecting, that is the greatest lesson I’ve learned. Be proactive, take advantage of the potential within you, believe in yourself, and stop at nothing to make that dream come true. Do not allow your fear of failure cage you from allowing yourself to achieve a goal. America created the American dream for those willing to work for it, and prospecting is the act of stopping at nothing to get what you believe you deserve. In conclusion, may you let any failure or circumstance act as nourishment that drives your hunger for success.

  • I think it’s amazing how far networking can take a person seeking any sort of job. As a high school student, I volunteered in my city and for my school district often and was therefore well known within the administrative building of my district. In getting to know various employees and making myself known to administrators, I was eventually contacted and encouraged to apply for a paid summer internship. From this experience, I realized how important it is to put yourself out there, to introduce to others who you are and what you want from a career and from life in general. Now attending NYU for Journalism, I am provided so many resources that I know will help me to land my dream job when I graduate–resources of which I fully plan to take advantage.

    By nature, I am a rather introverted person and do fear rejection. However, in networking with school district administrators and employees, and subsequently beginning this same process in my first year of college, I’ve come to understand that rejection is natural and nothing to fear as intensely as I once did. Overall, this article has really encouraged me to abandon any inhibitions or insecurity as I seek employment and it has encouraged me to remain confident even in the face of the word “no.”

  • When I began my search for a job I knew that I wanted to work in the healthcare field. I started applying to all the hospitals, urgent cares, nursing homes, and health clinics in my area. I want to become a physician so working in the medical field would be a great hands on experience for me.

    I used job search websites to find all the jobs in my area that I qualified for. I applied to every job possible. After months of applying and not getting a single call back I was called for an interview by a hospital. I was told that there were going to be two interviews for the position, one with a hiring manager and one with my potential supervisor. I made sure to wear my best suite and had my resume handy.

    Both interviewers were pretty laid back and I was able to have a back and forth discussion with them about past job experiences, what they are looking for in a employee, the job duties, and etc. I felt that I bonded well with both interviewers and the I was told that someone will give me a call in several days to tell me about their decision. A day later, I received a call back from the hospital and I was told that I was hired. The hospital is literally five minutes from my house. I have been working at the hospital for two years now.

  • Recently I began applying for summer internships, as they are very important in my field. I wanted to update my resume to make it look more professional, and include some new information. I kept postponing the editing, and ended up doing so two hours before the application was due. I looked over my resume over 10 times and saw absolutely no mistakes, so I decided to finally turn it in.

    I heard back just two weeks ago, that I was not selected for my internship. I decided to not get discouraged and keep applying to others. Before I did, however, my friend asked me to see my resume so that she could model hers after mine. When she looked it over, she realized it had at least 4 different typos. This was very upsetting to me. Perhaps I would not have obtained the internship even without the typos, but the thought of the possibility of having missed such a wonderful opportunity because of something so minor truly haunts me.

  • One of the greatest lessons to be learned here is the way to format and structure a resume. The biggest problem with my job applying skills was always knowing what was important for my resume and what was just taking up space. When I first wrote my resume it exceeded a page count of 2, many told me that it was going to look great to future employers and college admissions offices, in fact it got me accepted into 4 different schools, but now I see why this has never been a benefit to me in the field of employment. Especially in my early years of college, I found it a bit harder to obtain employment and I later found it was because of my resume.

    I think that the lesson learned here is very useful in many situations. As I am close to graduating college, I am working on rewriting and updating my resume, this helped me figure out what it should look like and what I should have presented on my updated resume. Show casing your strengths and only having relative skills, keep it short and sweet and to the point. I also never considered the idea of an “objective statement.” It’s a good idea, it helps you stand out and make your point of employment clear and from then on the reader can make a decision if they care to go on reading.

  • This seems very similar to college searching and applying. The only difference being that the selectivity is smaller. Colleges may be more lenient but that doesn’t make the process any more challenging and troublesome. So, I would say that this can easily be applied to more than just job searching.

  • When I first read this article I knew the author was onto great tips for any person looking to get a job nowadays. I had a friends who showed me similar tips and I was able to secure a job even as a college freshman. So it is possible for the naysayers in the field who don’t believe. What I did find interesting was the tidbit about being over qualified. I didn’t think it would happen to me but I applied for a job as an assistant to an older lady and she denied my application because I was over qualified with my High School experiences and leadership roles. She stated the job was for people who wanted to get their feet wet and whatnot. It was kind of disheartening as I thought the better you were the more likely you were to get hired. But, sometimes people don’t see you just want to make something no matter the job. Next time, I will definitely heed the advice of this article when appropriate so I can start earning to pay back my future college debt.

  • Clever and fun rundown of getting a job. While some of the tips seem a little antiquated, there are some things that are timeless (e.g. thank you emails, a good resume, etc.).

    When I landed my first job after completing my undergrad, I think the 3 biggest things that helped me land the job was 1. researching the company 2. thank you emails and 3. practicing for the interview. Feeling knowledgeable about a company makes everyone feel like you’re in the right place (including yourself!). Everyone likes a nice card or note. It’s easy to see it as a sucking-up kind of gesture, but it’s important to be sincere and write something that you would like being written to you.

    Practicing for different interviews really sheds light on the callbacks that I did and didn’t receive. There are some positions that I never got that will puzzle me forever – but when I got an interview, practicing changes the perspective from “let’s try this” to “let’s nail this.”

      • Hey Eric! I’d love to share. I think an objective statement isn’t the norm or necessary anymore. They can serve the same purpose as a cover letter. I think, in the status quo of many families and potential workers – free/volunteer work seems almost exclusive to internships. The value there doesn’t seem as impactful and secure unless there’s a verbal contract of free work leading to a part-time/full time job.

        I also think buzzwords have a lot of value to an interview. They show you’re knowledgeable and you know the jargon – and you can use it and relate it to your experiences.

        Thanks for asking, Eric!

        • Thanks Taylor – completely agree that the objective statement is optional. The problem is so many candidates use it and ruin their candidacy with it! Buzzwords will show you know the jargon for sure – the question is can you use them in a natural way that doesn’t send up red flags… Some can.

  • As someone who is studying communication I have always been told networking is very important. Without networking how are you going to be able to demonstrate your skills and better your skills. I have started networking at my university by joining organizations on campus. Internships are also a great way to network yourself and who knows you can probably even get a job from the place you are interning at. This summer I will continue to network myself when I begin my internship in Barcelona. This will be a great opportunity for me to network myself in a different country.

  • The Interview section caught my attention the most. When I went to my first job interview ever I was super nervous. I wish I would have seen this before and could have used these tips in my interview. I was 17 years old when I had my first interview and I babbled, felt uncomfortable by the silence. I was very fortunate I had known someone who worked for the company and who gave me a good recommendation with the owner. Over the phone I was able to be confident and relaxed and answer his questions but when it came to in person I was very nervous and tried to overcompensate which was very noticeable. These tips will help a lot in the future with future interviews.

  • I still hope to find a great job one of these days. I’m hoping to get an internship this summer at least so I can pay for college.

  • I’m not really good at interviews and when I applied to my first job, I thought i completely ruined it but ended up getting the job!

  • This post is so right on time in my life. As I look for internships i get discouraged in the search and application process. I know there are many competing for the same positions but my need for a break, my desperation for something new and in my chosen field of study is what I am working for. I know that using some of these techniques and understanding that I am not alone in the fight to get a great position give me hope. I will use this post and its advice to help me attain my goals.

  • I am always hesitant as to what to include and not include in a cover letters. What is authentic and what is just too much. The cover letter section really helps when organizing your thoughts to as to what to include or not include. Keeping it simple yet direct is the way to go in my opinion.

  • I’ve been working since I was 15 and finding the first job was incredibly hard for more than one reason. First, I was a youngster competing against older and more educated applicants. This enlightenment discouraged me every time I submitted an application. I had many hiring managers respond to my application with words like “too young” or “not qualified” or “enjoy your high school career”. Second, my family discouraged me from having a job. I come from a fairly wealthy background so money was not an issue in my family. However, I wanted to make my own money and feel like I was accomplishing something. I wanted a new experience and learn something that school couldn’t teach me (because let’s face it, high school never taught us how to do our own taxes or how to handle rude people or how to create a resume). I finally landed a job at a retirement home and the hiring manager fought with the system to have “such a young female” around the residents. I worked there for two years before finally quitting. I left that job with more confidence and skills that I had not had beforehand. I learned that everything takes time and as long as you do not quit and continue to persist, you will obtain what you work hard for.

  • When I go into an interview I typically feel confident until they start to ask for experiences that illustrate the good qualities I listed about my self. I find these questions to be daunting because in the heat of the moment I have a hard time coming up with a particular story that fits well into what we’re talking about. Perhaps this is because I never took the time to think about what stories to tell if asked in the interview.

    For instance, one time a woman interviewing me asked about a time that I displayed trustworthiness. I could have told her many stories about bosses trusting me with keys, money, or locking up. However, in that moment I could not think of anything, and I froze. In the end I just simply told her that I couldn’t think of any moment that displayed trustworthiness, and I could see in her eyes that I wasn’t going to get the job. I now see,after reading this article, that I should have had stories all ready to talk about, and next time I interview I won’t be caught off guard like that.

  • I’ve spent countless hours searching for jobs online. I’ve gone through countless search engines all promising that I would find a job that I could turn into a career. Yet, here I am, unemployed. One of the greatest what ifs in my life is, “what if my parents had pushed me to get a job instead of push me to get good grades through high school?”. Being on my own now has made me realize how little experience I have and how little I know about searching for a job. With so many things piled on top of my shoulders, I can’t seem to find a balance for it all. I remember spending an entire week looking at jobs online and submitting resumes, but I only ended up with two phone calls back. I felt so frustrated that I had not received any response from all of the other positions and reading through this article made me realize why. I never followed up with them, I submitted my resume online for all of them, and I ultimately applied at the wrong time. Reading through all of these tips has inspired me to throw myself back into the seemingly endless search for a summer job!

  • As a current college student, I can attest to the competition to finding the first job. Especially with the rising tuition costs at many public and private universities, people try to find jobs that justify their education and provide a high rate of return on their degree. However, what this article does not discuss is the importance of finding internships and exploring. I have interned both in the private and public sectors, which has taught me more about what I genuinely doing. College is this wonderful time to jump through different industries and explore different positions. It becomes significantly more difficult to explore after graduation, especially during a economic recession. In this society, if you don’t have work experience by the time you graduate and spend your summers vacationing on the beach, it will put you exponentially behind your peers.

  • These tips are great. Being a high school senior, i applied to a few jobs here and there earlier in the year,but since i had never had a real job before, my lack of confidence really showed itself. Needless to say, i didn’t receive any more information or calls about interviews for a while. While this was definitely something that devastated me, reading these articles definitely helped boost my morale and motivated me to try again.

    This time, using community service and recommendations from teachers and community members, i felt that my resume really reflected my accomplishments. I soon received a call for a scheduled interview, and i got the job! i couldn’t have done it without this post, and would definitely show it to any friends who are looking for jobs.By being dedicated and not giving up, i am happy to say that things all worked themselves out in the end.

  • After reading this article I have learned so much helpful information about job seeking. I will definitely come back to this in the future when professionally seeking a job. Even though I have not yet had this problem with job seeking because I am currently a high school senior who will be attending college in the fall of 2015. All of the jobs I have had (sno cone maker and receptionist) have not required a cover page, resume, or references. I did although have a very casual interview consisting of talk of pay, hours, and very little about what the business owner was looking for.

    Although I have not yet had the experience of being unemployed and searching for a job I still found this article very helpful for when I will be. I learned that I definitely should start looking for a job when it’s getting close to graduation, although I do hope to have an internship already when graduation comes. Another easy fix I learned was to shorten the cover page on my resume and to keep my resume a quick read.

    One thing that did catch my eye when reading the article was that it said “to ask your interviewer for feedback”. I would have never though to do this when trying to get a job. I did get feedback when doing mock interviews for my high school class, but would’ve never thought that it was okay to do when in a real interview.

    Overall, I found this information very helpful and will most definitely refer to this website when job seeking in the future.

  • As a current college student studying communication with a minor in sociology I have been told that networking is very important. I think in order to make job searching a bit less difficult it is important to network. Thankfully I am part of a organization on my campus called the Communication Society where we get to network ourselves with alumni and people in different companies. I will also be doing an internship this summer in Barcelona, which will be a great opportunity to network my self in a different country.

  • This is probably the most interesting/helpful read I have seen in a while. You don’t have very many people these days taking time out of their day to help educate younger students on what to expect when they leave college. A lot of people forget the issue that they might not find a job right away right out of college. You may be stuck waiting tables or ringing up customers if you don’t know how to act professionally in an interview.

    I had a class this semester that helped educate us on the interviewing process and I learned and retained so much information from this class because it was RELEVANT to my situation. In most cases we do so poorly in classes because we are stuck in a class we don’t enjoy that doesn’t pertain at all to what we want to do and we don’t retain this information. Teaching students about real life situations and how to handle them seems like one of the greatest ideas, maybe even better than sliced bread. Finding a job is not easy and we need help on how to get one the right way.
    Searching for jobs as a college students doesn’t really relate to finding a full-time job as a full grown adult, but this lesson does pertain to my job searches in the past. When I first came to college I had no idea how to get a job. My mom helped me win my job that I had in high school and I practically already knew my boss from school. Here, it is a completely different ball game. I knew no one and didn’t have the help of my mother. I set out to find a job on my own. Luckily, I am a federal work-study recipient so that helped me in my search. I went through the interviewing process, which was nerve racking but I did learn a lot. This lesson shows just how tough it can be to win a job over the other competitors and gives you AMAZING tips on how to get ahead of the game. Great lesson.

  • I can certainly connect to the depression portion. Feeling stuck in a place and not having any way out. I can’t stand the thought of not being able to chase my dream and get myself to where I want to be in my life. It’s also hard feeling like you cant get out because there seem to be no opportunities found.

    There are plenty of times where you could get a job interview but never get a call back. That is happening to me right now, and the only question I end up having for myself is why? Why does it seem like I cant find the right place for me? I just want to start my life and be happy. I want to be in a life worth living, living my dream. I want to make a change in the world, and the only way to do that is to prove myself worthy of being hired, if only people could see that.

  • I haven’t applied for a job yet but I have applied to plenty of colleges. I can most definitely say that I have felt like I wasn’t up to the standard that most of these colleges were looking for. I felt like I wouldn’t get accepted to any of them and the essay part always shook me up a little. But once I took a minute to look at the requirements and see what they were asking for it wasn’t too bad. I have been accepted to a few good colleges and I am very excited.
    When it came to the essays they weren’t always the best they could be because I was too focused on making myself sound good and writing what they would want to see. In other words I was in that mind frame and didn’t get accepted to one of the colleges I wanted to go to. But next time if I use what I have read here my outcome will be different.

  • Resumes are always my biggest issue. The reason why is probably because I haven’t had to do very many in my life, and when I do it isn’t something I would want to bring home to mom to show off to her friends if you know what I mean. Reading this article really helps me strengthen a spot in my job searching, that will make or break you when you’re looking for a job with the other countless masses of people.

    I know that now I will be one of the standouts when it comes to making a resume for future jobs, because of the information given on this site, I will stand out from the countless masses of college students looking for jobs during summer and winter breaks; not to mention the wonderful graduation job search that happens after you graduate and move on to the next stage of your life.

  • Great Advice! It was difficult trying to get a job here in Connecticut as a Hispanic minority, but after I showed them I was determined and dedicated, i did eventually get hired.

  • I recently went through the application process to grad school & dietetic internships. With such a grueling process, I often found myself discouraged and doubtful for my future. Sometimes it was easier to consider given up rather than push forward. However, my undergraduate program prepared me with the tools I needed to perform the requirements necessary to be accepted. I learned the importance of selling yourself in a cover letter/personal statement. I also learned the importance of promoting myself during my time in college. I got as involved on campus as possible to attain the skills to be a well equip professional. These experiences provided me with opportunities to improve my communication/networking skills, my time management skills, and my organizational as well as leadership skills. These skills attained were transferable when it came to applying for grad school/my dietetic internship. I felt confident in my interviews and the presentation of my personal statements. I also felt these experiences gave my resume the essential boost to stand out among the rest of the applicants.

  • Before graduating college, I scoured every job resource I could get my hand on. These resources radically increased my chances of employment. With graduation soon approaching, I was offered my dream job working for a non-profit organization in San Francisco. Time and patience played a huge role in employment. I would recommend anyone to use the resources that are being offered to them; whether visiting the career center or browsing online theres bound to be a perfect job for you.

  • I have had a few job experiences, and each time I get so nervous and stressed out about how to approach an interview, and I never know what to expect. Reading through this article, I have found some great input and advice on how to start. Just reading through the key points toward the end, I was thinking in my head exactly how I would answer them, and the points I need to focus on. I think one of the biggest things I need to work on is practicing out loud. I sound confident in my head, and I have great ideas, but out loud I freeze, and do not remember a single thing– even when practicing by myself! I have major nervous issues. Also, the extra information on resumes and cover letters was vital. I have always written my cover letters based on me alone. I talk myself up instead of offering what I can do for the company. This will definitely change my way of approaching cover letters from now on, and job searching as a whole! I am glad I found an article to base my future career tips. It has been such a beneficial reading, and I can see why it has been popular. Thanks for all the help!

  • When I graduate with my undergrad from UT – Austin , I thought getting a job would be easy….nope. It took me three whole tireless and emotional months to find something I love. It is great that this site shares information to help students find the right way to search and apply for jobs! Thank you!

  • I currently work at a city job as an 18 year old. It was difficult to land that job, especially when the only experience I’ve had before was in the food business. I was determined to get that job. I wrote a strong resume, I made sure to keep up with the lady who was in charge of reviewing applications and I was confident in our interview. Once I was hired, I was nervous that I wasn’t going to be good enough for the job because I had no other experience in that area of work, but I continue to work hard every day that I go into work and it pays off.

  • After reading this article, I feel a little more confident in myself. It is obvious now to me what I have been doing wrong when typing my resume. I also found it helpful to see what are the good techniques to use when you have an interview. If I put these tips to work when my graduation time comes around, I know I’ll be okay.

  • I have learned from college that you should make sure that you do your homework on the company before you go into a interview.

  • I have utilized to key skills to get a job after graduation and to obtain admission in graduate school. Those two skills are networking and prospecting and my examples are described below.

    Networking was a key step to land on my first job after finishing my pharmaceutical chemistry degree in Mexico. Before graduation, I started searching different jobs mainly in pharmaceutical industry without luck. After three months of unemployment, one of my friends told me that in the company where his brother works had a job opening for a pharmaceutical sales representative and he provided me the email of the manager. As mentioned in the post, many jobs are not advertised and this one was one of them. I decided to apply and then I passed two interviews to finally get the job. Without this contact it would have been impossible for me to know about this application.

    I promptly realized I wanted to pursue a doctoral degree in pharmaceutical sciences in the U.S. but I did not have any contact to work with. I decided to apply for an internship at the University of Arizona (UA) that was funded by my undergraduate university (Universidad de Guanajuato). This was at certain extent ‘free work’ for the professor I ended up working for, since he did not have to pay anything. During my summer I proved myself and two scientific publications were the outcome. Indeed, this helped me to get admission in the Drug Discovery and Development Ph.D. program at the UA were I am currently in my third year with the professor I did that undergraduate summer internship.

  • i feel like if you follow a certain guide you will be able to achieve the success you wanted and there will be much more opportunities for you in the future

  • I’ve learned the resume is key to the interview, employers will interview someone with less experience over a sloppy resume any day. Never keep using the same resume, update it constantly. Once you get the interview, there’s virtually no reason you won’t get the job if you’re confident, composed, well dressed, and prepared for the interview.

  • I’ve learned the resume is key to the interview, employers will interview someone with less experience over a sloppy resume any day. Never keep using the same resume, update it constantly. Once you get the interview, there’s virtually no reason you won’t get the job if you’re confident, composed, well dressed, and prepared for the interview.

  • This is a great article, I took notes and this will help me tremendously. The summertime is approaching and college kids will be looking for jobs and I am thankful that I came across this article. Securing a job is tough and also competitive. I can relate to this because I am currently looking for a job to have back home right now. These tips are perfect for me and it gives me added confidence when I do get the opportunity to get an interview from a company. Hard work is the american dream and in order to achieve it you have to never give up and it can be so easy to give up when you can’t get a job. This page is great and I will keep coming back to it whenever I need to brush up on mt skills.

  • I can identify with this struggle because whenever I am applying for a job I have no idea what the employer is looking for in an employee. Part of the issue is that I have never managed anyone and though I have the skills to be a good employee, I don’t know how to accurately convey that while setting myself apart from the competition. This is true for the leadership positions that I apply for at school as well. I think of them as pseudo-job interviews or a practice run. I definitely think that the tips outlined in this article could help me in the future!

  • This is very important especially with me being in college because I want to find a job but I have been on several interviews and never get called. it always bothers me because I am smart, hardworking and I also have the necessary skills but I was lacking a lot and now I understand. I do not have very good body language because I get really nervous and I try to hide it so I slouch and look at the floor or other objects just to hide how nervous I am and I see it is not my best option.
    my references are not the best. I have always thought who knows me better than my family but I think that is not a good idea. I should start finding professors and other people I have a relationship with and know me so that they can be my references. I have taken so much from this article. I now have an idea of tips I need to consider in order to have a better chance at a job position I want.

  • I believe the most important part to actually getting the job is presentation. Your resume has to look elegant and highlight the most important details, you got to direct the reader’s eyes, and be a minimalist when it comes to resumes, because no one wants to sit through and take minutes to read a resume, the reader is supposed to skim through it and be sure that he’s making the right call by interviewing you. Then it’s the interview, that’s when you got to be sharp, and not use a lot of fillers, look at them in the eye, repeat after them things that are important as questions, and seem confident. Use psychology to your advantage, make them think that you’re friendly and someone who is fun to work with.

  • I really enjoyed reading this article because it related to me a substantial amount. I am 18, and about 2 years ago I was at a point where I needed to make money because my parents were done giving me entertainment money. I was applying to multiple jobs everyday in hope that one would hire me. Finally I got a job at 16 delivering Chinese food around my home town. The job was so fun to have, I met a lot of great people and was a great first job. Once I could no longer drive, because I got in an accident and totaled my vehicle, I knew I needed to find a new source of income: quick! I was brainstorming ways to make money and just could not find anything that did not require me to drive. So I did some research online and I started thinking “I should make a website”. So as soon as I figured out the guidelines to making a website, I got started.

    After about a year of hard work put into my website (ourinfinitereality.com), I amat the point, right now, where I need to start networking to get my name out there. I really did not know how to approach this though. Networking was the last thing I knew about, even after doing lots of research. This article taught me so much about networking, and hopefully will be the turn around my website needs! It is not going so great right now, but hopefully this article will help me boost my website and get my name out there! Thank You author of this article!

  • Change is indeed hard. I arrived at this country 10 years ago and since then I lived a completely different life. The new language, the new people and the new teachings all combined were just very exhausting. Yet with all the various challenges, failures, lessons, tears and laughs, I have learned to not fear the obstacles along my path but instead be prepared for them.

    As a result I have learned to adjust myself to certain things. After all change leads to improvement. As I prepare myself for college it is very complicated to have time for each thing and everything all at once; such as open houses, scholarships, projects, final grades, as well as working and of course working out. However by realizing this I was able to become more aware of my wrongs and change them into rights.

    This advise was given previously on this page and I will make sure to use it as I start hunting my future job as an accountant.

  • This was definitely a great read. Even though I’m only still in college and not yet graduated, reading this helped me prepare for what may come after I finish graduate school. I haven’t yet had this problem, but I’m sure I’ll run into something like it in the future!

  • This article was so helpful to me, I can already see the changes in how I will present myself when applying for any position whether it be a job, internship, or some other leadership option that crosses my path. A problem I have struggle with in the past is building a strong resume. I am very curious, and eager to learn new things so I have always tried a new type of job when it came time to choose a new option. For example, I was a lifeguard, now i work at an animal preserve and at a farmers market. So I definitely enjoy the variety of how I spend my time, but it also makes me seem inconsistent if I do not emphasize my experiences and achievements more efficiently. during an interview there is not time for the potential employer to hear about your life story and all of the wonderful things you have achieved, so our resume Must include something special so that they want to take the time to get to know you, and hear those stories. After reading this article I realized that there defiantly is a way to over simplify and essentially lose credit for all of your hard work. So now I have made my resume something that truly shows how proud I am of my accomplishments. Instead of feeling inconsistent because of my variety, I feel as though it shows how versatile my skills can be.

  • My first paid job was not even close to the first I applied. I had worked in a car shop, at a camp, and around the neighborhood, but never made more than a few cents. I’ve always worked, but getting paid from an established business was a whole new monster. At 16, I had already applied and been rejected from four different establishments, mainly because of my inability to interview well.

    For the job I actually got, I handed my resume to the manager of a Mexican Restaurant, and in return he offered me a job on the contingency I could work during the day of High School graduation three days from then. In my eyes, that meant I did not have to interview, so I took his proposal and worked every day till graduation, and the entirety of the summer afterwards. Now he is a major part of my network and enjoys flaunting the story of how his barely trained busser took on the Friday rush on his own. Although I’m still terrified of interviews, I find myself using my network as the backbone of my persona.

    Because of this, the part of the article that caught my eye was the Interviewing section; it seems as though everything listed as something to avoid has plagued most of my interviews. The babbling, the clarity in direction, and multiple others are things I lacked and will definitely utilize from now on. I think one of the most important is the preparation and knowing the direction you want to go before you even ask for an interview. I love economics, so I’m not sure how well I would do with a company that does not share some level of respect or appreciation that I do. I’m sure if I follow this advice, I could actually find myself a good job.

  • There were two main issues I experienced when putting together my resume: confidence in myself and what I have accomplished, and “spinning” what I had accomplished to stand out to potential employers. In retrospect it’s not surprising I had these issues. Sometimes phrasing is all the difference, and learning to properly present “who you are” on a one-page document takes practice. I had instances where I applied for the same position multiple times and all I did was change the way I presented the same information and one got me an interview and the other did not.

  • The topics discussed in this article are very insightful and
    make job searching techniques as clear as crystal. During the fall of 2014 I
    was searching for a part time position while in college. I followed some of the
    techniques listed such as a clear and simple resume. My resume was short and to
    the point avoiding unnecessary clutter. I checked for grammatical errors and
    other mistakes while making sure the format was easy for a potential employer
    to read. I had prepared reliable references, I knew the details of the
    positions, and what I was good at. I also had a friend who currently works at
    the store I was applying at and was sure that I would obtain the job. With this
    confidence I forgot about one of the most important aspects, Interviewing.

    I received a date and time for a phone interview and I made
    sure I would have no interruptions. During the interview the manager asked me very
    similar questions described in this article such as why I wanted to work for
    them. I had no solid answers and I hesitated constantly, repeating “um” and “uh”.
    I know I could perform the job, but my lack of preparation gave the opposite
    message. After hanging up the phone I knew for sure I had absolutely no chance.

    From this experience I made sure to focus my attention on
    interviewing skills which eventually helped me land a job at a local community
    college as a tutor. From reading this article I have learned there is many
    different and vital aspects to a successful job search. I know that I will
    revisit this website time and time again to resolve any questions or concerns I
    have related to applying for a job.

  • Working at a couple of different job locations during my 20 something years of life has had its ups an downs- but mostly ups. Of this article, the section that stuck out to me most would be the interviewing process. After finishing my English Education degree from Kennesaw State University, I was in search of an English teaching position at any school, really, and the interviews were the scariest part. The process that I went through to obtain the interview, I think, is one of the most important pieces.

    Firstly, I would send letters (in adorable cards) to all of the department heads of the schools in which I had applied online to wish them a great semester. (Most times the department heads are found online and are apparent). Then, I would search each school out and e-mail them my cover letter and resume. Following,I would include my number, e-mail, and then just follow- up with them and let them know that an e-mail had been sent to them including my resume and cover letter.

    Usually, this urgency and intense proactive strategy catches the eye of the interviewer and the school itself. It is not so much the interview itself, but the planning and the persistence before the interview takes place.

    Next, the interview. Do not get too stressed out- I used to and I would be so stressed I would make myself sick. Thirteen interviews later for teaching positions, I feel like I have the interview process down pat. Knowing where you are interviewing shows you are educated – so research the location in which you are interviewing. It not only shows you care, but that you take initiative.

    Following, have questions for the interviewer. You do not need to sell yourself too easy, but also do not make it seem like you do not want to job. Ask them questions that show interest, but also questions that will benefit you. Make eye contact, smile, and seem personable. No one wants to hire someone who they cannot relate to.

    Lastly, send a “Thank you” letter- and not just when you get the job or a follow-up interview. Send one the same day to show that you appreciate the opportunity.

    Be you and you will be just fine.

  • I believe that one of the main mistakes I have made in the past while trying to get a new job is not preparing enough and not allowing enough time to research the company and what the position is all about.
    Companies want to hear that you know the fields of whatever position you are applying for. They are looking for a candidate that is confident and have an attitude of accomplishing any task at hand.

  • When I’m doing a job search I feel over whelmed at times. It seems like I’m not good enough or i get nervous and feel that I’m no doing something right. The application process is my weak point. I tend to be more effective in person. It gives me a good sense of what the job setting is like and how the other workers characters are displayed on the job. Recently i had an interview with a school district for subbing. I was not satisfied with how the interview went, therefore i passed up the job. I want to be comfortable and enjoy my job. Not just throw myself into the first offer that comes.

  • I went to an interview once, where the manager asked me the same question over and over, even after I answered the question numerous times. I know he was looking for a specific answer, but no matter what I said it apparently was not the answer he was looking for. Has anyone else ever ran into this issue before? He just kept asking why should he hire me? I gave him numerous reasons, but no answer was good enough.

  • When graduating from college, I approached the prospect of
    getting a job with some trepidation. I was particularly reticent about showing
    my “worth” since I was not used to touting my “credentials.”

    Interview after interview, I learned the hard way that I had
    to be my best advocate. Job hunting forced me to come into my own, praise the
    level and quality of the work I was able to do and to persuade employers I
    would be a great asset to their company. I put myself through rounds and rounds
    of interviews with different companies, across various fields, honing my
    interviewing skills and becoming more confident in describing my value to a
    prospective employer.

    When reading this article, I particularly resonated with the
    “Interview” excerpt, especially with the bullet point of being “proud of your
    life and career.” I’d always come prepared to my interviews with extra copies
    of my resumes to avoid a mishap; I always made sure to research the company
    beforehand so if they asked me what they did, I could answer effectively; I
    always made sure to follow up in a timely manner and thank my interviewer for
    their time. However, the one aspect of my interviewing skills was that I
    struggled with demonstrating confidence in my abilities and talents.

    To this day, I still have difficulty being proud of the work
    I do. For future interviewees, to be proud is to not be boastful. There is a
    big difference. Taking pride in work shows you honor what you do and you know
    it makes a difference for your organization.

    What has worked for me, as I went from interview to
    interview, was standing in front of the mirror and practicing saying what
    aspects of my work ethic I was particularly proud of. I got to see how I
    physically looked when saying the words and my expressions. Over and over, as
    with anything you practice, I got better and more comfortable. I suggest this
    technique for anyone else who also feels awkward when speaking. When you know
    what you look and sound like when you speak you’ll feel a lot better.

  • I can definitely relate to this. I have been trying to find a job myself, to help pay for college expenses, and there are so many obstacles that need to be overcome. It is very challenging and competitive, trying to seek out a job. This has helped me understand the fundamentals of resumes, interviews, and applying for different job opportunities. I will refer to this in the future as I continue to search for a job suitable for me.

  • I really enjoyed this article. I am always so confident prior to the interview and my mind goes blank once I get in there. I research and come up with questions and answers before I go but always forget once I walk in. I also like the section about “interviewing.” The dialogue about the email and giving your secret about wanting an email after the interview was brilliant.

    I am going to print this and keep it in my office at home. Next time I go to an interview I want to be able to look back and review this article. Thank you again for a great article and great advice.

  • Interviewing was the section that caught my eye. Over the years I have applied to many jobs and I don’t seem to have a problem landing an interview but when it comes to the actual interview I freeze up. I can get very shy around people I don’t know and this is where I have my problem. I have great answers to interview questions but when I actually get asked them in an interview, its like I have no brain. This section really helped me assess myself and figure out what I do wrong and it also gave me some really useful tips on how to be a better interviewee. Thank you for this article.

  • A lot of this is true. I learned most of this through experience in the work place and seeing it written out is kind of funny to me because of that. I think the best way to really learn is to gain experience and go through the motions. The more you know is always better!

  • I have not yet have to go through a more “professional” job search, but about a year ago as I was trying to find a better job on my campus (trying to escape the whole part-time retail, fast food, etc. scene) I can remember going through the whole process. Obviously the whole apply, get called, go to one interview process isn’t just true anymore, each possible employer has their own hiring plan structured differently, so one must realize that and get ready.

    What really helped me though, with every interview I had (I had one at the NASA office on my campus, another at a student services dept. and finally one at where I landed my job. And I’m glad I did.) was to not be such a drone.

    90% of the kids I know would just go through the motions of job seeking and of course for some it would work, but not for the majority. What I mean by this is that they write their resume in the most plain, careful way, JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, and then they go to the interview wearing a plain old blue or grey suit or pant-suit, answer the questions safely without being at least a bit adventurous, not that you have to say something edgy or potentially offensive, but just be different and a bit more full of life.

    This is the kind of stuff I did and well.. It just worked 😀

  • My life has been one exciting adventure although, I didn’t always feel this way. I was born to an alcoholic drug addicted Mother who was also Bi-Polar. I didn’t have the opportunity to grow up in a loving household or to be taught who I am or how to be. Life has managed to teach me some very hard lessons about moving forward regardless of circumstances or how I felt in the moment. Life moves whether you choose to or not.

    One of the hardest lessons for me to learn was knowing who I am. I lived with dysfunction so I was dysfunctional. I didn’t believe in myself and if I didn’t who would? I applied for many jobs but no matter what I was always the wrong person for. They liked my charisma, attitude, the way I looked but they always said something was missing. It took many years to figure out it was confidence that I lacked not skills, presentation, or education. I was applying for entry level maid jobs, I even applied to dig ditches once. Still, until I knew who I was and had confidence within myself, no one even offered me a job.

    I researched the companies I applied for, making sure I knew what they were looking for, but this didn’t seem to make a difference. I was the wrong fit for their company. I was always the wrong fit and couldn’t figure out why. I became homeless and lived in my car and on the streets for several years. I knew how to survive but I didn’t know how to be a success. I became pregnant and life took another turn, I was also diagnosed with Bi-Polar disorder. No medication I took helped with the depression or all the ups and downs. It was a rough road.

    Years latter I was on AFDC and SSI and had given up trying to look for a job. Who would want a single mom with no skills and a mood disorder? I knew I was supposed to be successful I just didn’t know how. I went to counseling and again tried medication this time it worked! It was like the fog of depression had lifted and I knew it was now or never to do something with my life. I asked my counselor, “When I apply for jobs why do they turn me down? saying something is missing or I’m not a good fit.” She explained that employers want confident, self-motivated, team players and I still wasn’t where I needed to be. She recommended school and I am currently working toward becoming a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist. I have so much life experience that can help so many people. It was my turn to give back.

    Everyday I show up to school with an upbeat attitude and a smile on my face. Sure it’s hard being a single mom of two, Bi-Polar, living on $515. a month but I can offer this world a smile and maybe it will smile back on me. I’m becoming that positive confident person people want to hire. I have 5 years left until I obtain my Masters and licensure but I can and will do this. Never in my life have I felt this more.

    Daily, I’m using skills such as getting to school on time, participate in group efforts, seek help when I don’t have the answers and learning about who i am. My life was stuck in turmoil and I was unable to get out by myself. I learned no one stands alone you must ask for help when needed, even if your afraid of the answer.I realized I don’t have to be perfect I just have to move forward even if it’s small steps. Moving forward and remembering who you are will get you on track for a better life. I may not have my dream job yet but I am very confident that when my time comes I’m going to have just what’s needed and I’m going to be a great fit and asset for the right company.

    Sincerely,
    Brandy Dickey

  • I loved that article and fully agree with it!
    Not long ago my friend and I were thinking of building our own business. I was the one who had to informally interview people and look for the once who could join our team. I can relate to authors thoughts about changing the whole outlook on that process. After being on the other side, I could totally understand what companies really want and how they feel when looking for a candidate. I agree, that when applying for a job a person should forget about themselves and look at the situation from companies perspective.

  • When I started my job search I was completely unprepared. I gained a degree in Latin American Studies because I loved the history, politics, and culture of the region. When searching for a job after graduation I faced a stark reality. I did not know of any jobs in my field of study. Because I concentrated so much on getting through my degree I had neglected to plan ahead and build a professional network. My job opportunities were limited to world I let build around me. Job search sites and postings all were unrelated to anything I had experience with during my time as a student. It was only when I sought help from my friends and mentors that I was first introduced to how to network and second why it was so important.

    These professional colleagues helped me on my path to a great career. They imparted harsh truths and opened up possibilities I hadn’t even considered. The tools above help to build towards attaining a job and building a network of your own but, more importantly it gives you tools to build and maintain a professional reputation for excellence. Your reputation will take you further than any job skill or professional network. Its the combination of what you have done and what you might be able to do. Take control over your reputation before it’s built for you.

  • This article reminds me of a few things I
    have learned over the past ten years. I know I sucked at job searching when I
    did not fully grasp how to sell myself to potential employers during
    interviews. This after all is a part of the job search. After not being
    selected for a few positions and feeling depressed about it, I found myself
    talking to people about what I was doing wrong during my interviews. I was not
    doing enough research or practicing for interviews although my resume was good
    enough to land me the interviews.

    I needed to improve the way I answered
    questions. I needed to change my mindset and my confidence before I went into
    an interview. I needed to take some advice from people who specialized
    in job searches and hiring. One of my mentors gave me loads of advice on what
    to expect from interviews where there was a panel and to definitely ask
    questions during an interview. I do remember leaving an interview once where I
    did not ask the hiring manager a question and I am sure that one thing put me
    on the bottom of his list for getting a call back.

    If you notice you are not getting the
    positions you want you need to make some changes in the way your job search
    strategies. If you did not get a position when you applied for it before you
    really should not give up. If the same position opens up again you should apply
    for it again. Something else I find useful after an interview is to write a
    personalized thank you letter to everyone who was in your interview. This may
    not work for every organization, you have to pay attention to the culture of
    the company.

  • My biggest mistake has been not to spend time working on my resume and a good cover letter. I got a phone called from a recruiter pointing out high school grammar mistakes. I was pretty ashamed of hearing this person talking over the phone and telling me how bad it makes me look have something that shows that I don’t care about my presentation. Since then I have been rechecking grammar and specific and short resume. It has helped a lot.

    Nataly

  • As current college student searching for a job, each point made helps me to see the way the working world functions. Searching for a job to help me pay for living expenses, school expenses, and general expenses has been a long road and full of ups and downs. Often times places either are not hiring or don’t have many openings that allow for a school schedule. The advice given from this post will really help me to find a way to put myself out there and get the positions I want and to help my confidence in finding a job. For a person who has little experience in the process of finding a job, this really helped to answer many of the questions I have had.

  • With these job searching lessons, one of the main lessons that sticks out the most for me to relate to is the lesson on interviewing. About two years ago, I was interviewing for a job at my county’s correctional facility. I had already made it past the first two stages and was then at the third stage – the personal interview. I was sitting face to face with the main human resource worker for the sheriff’s office. I could have used the interview lesson from this during that interview. While being questioned, I continued to discuss only myself, which included personality traits and accomplishments. While not all bad, I failed to mention what I would be able to do for the agency and did not talk about how I could be an asset to them.

    I feel as if I would have followed these guidelines more closely, the interview would have went much smoother and I would have had a much better shot at landing that sought after career.

  • So, I am wondering, I have been a stay at home mother of 3, we have a 12 acre mini farm where we raise chickens, fainting goats, have 2 horses, are looking for a feeder pig and steer, as well as have cats and dogs. With that being said, I am also prior military, have my AAS in medical billing and coding, and I am graduating in May 2015 with a B.S. in Health Systems Management. I really want to find a position that will allow me to home school my children while taking care of our farm, I love medical coding, my question is how do I get my foot in the door? I haven’t worked outside of my home since 2010, aside from my military reserve obligation which was once a month, plus annual training. I would love some advice, please and thank you.

    • In a perfect world, you would search out work from home medical coding positions and could get right to work that way. It’s worth a try. if that turns out to be difficult however you may find it after you’ve worked in an office doing medical coding for a year, you can transition to working from home with the same company or find another company that will hire you based on your experience with the first company. Good luck Hanna, I’m envious of the farm!

  • For me, the second lesson, “Surest way to fail at a job search is to think about yourself and talk about what you want from an employer” has had the largest impact on my applications as well as my work as an employee. For about a little under a year I’ve been recruitment and hiring manager for a work study program on my college’s campus. I read and review applications, as well as interview potential hirees. For me, the red flag on an application is when an applicant speaks about what they want the program to do for them, rather than what they can add to the program.

    While it is important that applicants show me that they can learn and grow within the program, the process of hiring is not about them at all. I’m looking to hire people who will be a good fit within the program, and will add to the quality work that we do. Discussing nothing but yourself and what YOU want US to do for you shows me, as a hiring manager, that you are selfish, and not a team player. Instead, the applicants who get hired immediately off of their applications, without an interview, are the applicants who highlight their strengths as well as the assets that they will bring to the program. Something most applicants don’t understand is that receiving a position offer is a privilege, not a right granted to them because they filled out an application.

    I take this lesson into account when I apply to any position. Not only do I repeatedly thank anyone I come into contact with for their time, but I tailor my application, resume, and interview to what best suits the program that I will be applying for. I won’t waste an employer’s time unnecessarily tooting my own horn, or discussing only what I want out of this job. Employers are looking for what you can add to what they already have, not the other way around.

  • This is extremely helpful! Anyone that is having trouble after they graduate at finding a job or struggling for their career path. This is a deep as well as in detailed writing about how to help yourself get that job and be successful. I can speak for my self working full time as well as going to school full time can be very hard but it will set you up to suceed in your future. Sometimes It takes havig that extra step ahead of your other applicants, that helps get you the job over the rest. That’s why I found this article really interesting because it is hard to job search especially once you graduate and you have to find a big boy job it can be very difficult.

  • The biggest component is knowing the company inside and out.
    Learning about the history about the company like how it came it be, knowing
    the current CEO, and being up to date on the company like any new franchises or
    know how they are doing economically is a great way to start. Once you get in,
    the rest is easy. Being ready to work hard, and most importantly show the
    interviewer what value you can bring to the company if you they choose you to
    work for them.

  • Even if the person who is looking for a job has a great confidence, knows how to perform the duty and has the looks and ability to do so, he/she still might not be able to get the job… This happens because everyone wants and demands those people who already have experience with this kind of job…. Interesting.. How are we going to get experienced if no one is willing to give us a chance? It seems like most of youth is trapped and desperate..

    Also, it is simply ridiculous because we won’t get any experiences unless we are given a chance…It is unfortunately rare when a brand new person is chosen. And honestly I am still trying to get a job where I think I can definitely do the deeds, but it is so hard because they demand some experience… It also seems like no one is willing to educate and teach those new upcoming workers, they simply “Don’t have time to waste for trainings” that’s why they demand the experience. But if they keep on doing so, the youth will not be able to move the country forward.

  • When I was younger, I was a jazz pianist. Job searching for a group to play with in a new city is a lot harder than I thought it would be. Luckily, I got some advice from an older gentleman on what to do in that scenario.
    The recommendation he gave me was to go where jazz was being played. By going to bars and clubs where combos frequent. By sitting in on some of their sessions, it will be easy to figure out which 5-6 tunes that each combo plays at every gig. Once you learn the tunes yourself, it’s not hard to go up and ask to play with them for a turn. If it all works out well and you hit it off, they might even ask you to play with them at a gig. This is just one way to make connections in a new city and find a jazz combo to play with.

  • One thing that has always been helpful to me in interviewing for jobs is knowing that I am qualified for the position and not being afraid to point this out in a professional, matter-of-fact manner. As this article states, it is important to know what you are passionate about, why you want this job specifically, and to know yourself. The confidence that knowing these things provides is extremely valuable and potential employers are attracted to this. I have struggled with feeling arrogant in interviews, it is never my intention to be pompous or put myself on a pedestal. But there have been positions where I know I am qualified and I know I will work hard. I put a lot of effort into presenting this information as being simply factual rather than comments related to my personality or how I feel about myself. Good luck to everyone job hunting!!

  • This article is very helpful. i wish I would have seen this 2 years ago when I felt as though I couldn’t find a job. I feel that this article gives great advice on what you should and shouldn’t do when trying to get a job. I am currently unemployed due to the fact that I just started college but when I start my job search again I will be sure to refer back to this article,.

  • When looking for a job, I tend to lack self confidence. I am a person who over-analyzes almost everything and convince myself that there is always someone who has way more credentials, job experience or an overall better personality and mindset than I do. My first change would be to assure myself that though there may be people with overall better work ethics than myself, I am still ME and have the experience and fit the specific criteria of the job that I am applying for. I also have to remind myself that I am doing this for nobody but me! Often times when thinking about others, I tend to get sidetracked by that and result in not taken advantage of the opportunity I could have potentially had the correct way. Overall, my esteem when on the job search has to be more positive.

  • One of my greatest mistakes during job search was restricting myself to jobs within a certain mile radius from my home. I didn’t take certain employers into account even if the job would be worth it for me in the long run. I was so focused on my desire for a job close to my home that I automatically omitted a large amount other possible opportunities. After reading this article I feel that I will be more open to opportunities regardless of the distance and be able to see the positive in any given situation related to job search.

  • This is a great article with many good points, and very useful information and tips that will help you to land the perfect job and be succesful in the career of your choice. Personally, I have had the honor to work for Human Resources in the past so I did learn a lot as far as: what employers are looking for, what to expect and how to have a succesful interview. I have been on both sides: the interviewer, and the interviewee. I am grateful for my experiences and I agree with evrything that this article says. First impressions are very important, so look your best, feel your best, and be prepared. When you are unprepared, it shows in lack of confidence and excessive nervousness. Believe and yourself, and know that you are worthy and valuable. Be honest and remember that the interviewer was also in your shoes one day.

  • I love the included information about cover letters. It seems that in school they do not teach much about them (well at least my high school), but they are such a professional key. Great article! Certainly will keep in mind with my next job search.

  • One of the things I learned in this article is how to have an effective cover letter. Many of my friends have asked me to proofread their cover letters and I noticed that all of them, including mine, sound the same. This is something that can disqualify good candidates from the position because it sounds as if the person copied and pasted from another cover letter. Mine too has many of the things mentioned in the article. For instance, most of my cover letter is about me stating what is already on the resume and what I want from the job. As the article states, this portrays me as a self-absorbed person. This is something I will change from my cover letter. I will now write one cover letter for each application and explain how my skills
    can benefit the company.

    I, like many other job-seekers, used to apply for anything and everything that sounded like something I could do.This article has taught me that it is so important to meet every requirement in the job description. It would make me look as if I did not pay attention or did not read the job description. This would only lead to disqualifying me and wasting my time and the employer’s too. An effective cover letter is one that
    convinces the employer that the company needs you without sounding condescending or a know-it-all. Instead, explain how your experience and skills matches the job description.

    I now have the knowledge to write an eye-catching cover letter and I know the things I have to improve to land a job. I am convinced that once I present my new and improved resume and cover letter, the chances of getting called back will increase tremendously. For this, I thank Just Jobs Academy.

  • I keep trying to find a part-time job while at college, but I still can’t figure which way to go. I don’t want the job affecting my GPA, but I really need the money. I found this article really useful, it helped me organized my ideas when searching for a job.

  • This article makes some important points about the difficulty of the economy we are in, and it’s nearly impossible to get the job of your dreams with a college degree and no experience. I am a college student looking for part-time work, and at first I would not settle for anything that wasn’t a perfect fit for my lifestyle and relate-able to my major. However, as time went on, I learned that employers of my dream companies were never going to hire someone without any professional work experience. If you really need a job, put your pride aside and get what is available. The experience and kind references will help more next time.

  • As a college freshman, this is all of the information that I need to ensure my success after college. I’m always worried about how I will land a great job after college and this literally spells it out for me. Although I’ve only had small part time jobs in high school, I now know how to sell myself and reach the opportunities that I want. This is a great read and I will definitely pass it on!

  • I didn’t realize what rejection really meant until I became very dependent on a college and a job to help me pay for it. The fear of rejection of both made me nervous, sleepless, and irritated that the answers weren’t coming to me soon enough. There were too many “What if”s and “What if I don’t…”. As well kept as I tried to keep myself and my lifestyle, all in all it isn’t just about that. In a perfect world, I might have a hundred opportunities. Sadly, the real world is dysfunctional and no matter how much we think we deserve something, it the end it doesn’t matter. What matters is how we present ourselves to the world and what we have shown for our time here, and then our future is placed in the hands of other people who we can only hope will make the decision that favors our own opinions. A resume and an interview are supposed to sum all that up and how it relates to the job at hand.

  • This guide is very useful for me, especially as a sophomore in college. I can start prepping myself for the job hunt when I graduate college and be ready for the world.

  • The information presented in this article was very informative. At one point in my life, I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by a number of colleagues that where full of wisdom and willing to share it. I received a lot of advice, and have adopted an openminded approach in the evaluation of a potential opportunity. Even if it is unpaid, i have learned that there is a lot of valuable experience to be earned. Advice to all, seek opportunities that are out of your comfort zone. We can only grow by accomplishing the most elusive challenges in life, and with a positive mentality; we are unstoppable. -JeanCarlos

  • This whole teaching came to me from like heaven I actually have an Interview this Friday and I am honestly very scared I feel very inadequate. I have been dreaming about this Job for quite a long time now and know that I got the interview feel insecure. But I found this on time, and now I know what steps to take to nail this job because faith in yourself is what most matters and of course having your papers ready to go !

  • I completely understand the things that are stated in this story. When I graduated from college with my Bachelors there were hiring freezes everywhere. Still to this day I have yet to work in my actual degree field. I am working to overcome all obstacles in my way.

  • This article is so helpful and I can really relate to a lot of these examples. I have once experienced where situations in which I have been very nervous about interviews being either face to face or over the phone. I learn to get over this fear by keeping calm and thinking about controlling all nerves so that I wouldn’t come off as being nervous or panic during an interview.

    Great impressions does go along way when being interviewed by an employer because it gives the employer a since of who you are and also leaves something behind for them to remember you by such as conversations or smiles. I advise everyone to read about or research what the position you are applying or getting interviewed for so you can go in knowing a lot about the position which lets the employer know you are very qualified for this job.

  • I’m a senior at Iowa State University studying Elementary Education. I’m terrified to graduate in the spring. I’m excited to be in the real world and to finally be teaching in a classroom, but the stories I have heard from my friends that have already graduated make me worried. Some of my friends have been out of school for more than six months now and still have not found a job. My sister, who has been out of school for 2 years now has just landed a full time position. People always talk about the job market that college graduates are going into, and it doesn’t look good. More and more college students are unemployed or finding jobs in different fields than what they studied.

    Thinking about applying for job is nerve-racking! I don’t know where to begin or what places what when I apply. I only have ever applied for part-time positions through high school and college, and no one has ever really told me what to do. This article helped ease some confusion and nerves I have. It has great tips about how to land a job and what to do during the interview process.

  • I began my days of job searching at the ripe age of 16. I was going into my junior year in high school and I desperately needed to find a job to start saving up for my senior year expenses. My first instinct was to apply at all the big name stores like Wal-Mart, Target, and Sears, which I did. Unfortunately that was a dead end. I assumed I would definitely get a job at the big stores since i had a reasonably good resume, but no one ever returned my calls or answered my emails. After that I had no idea where to apply. I felt like any job that paid well and was ideal for me wouldn’t hire me because of my age.

    Then one day as I was walking around the mall, my first job found me. The recruiters for a clothing store were walking around looking for potential employees and I accepted a business card. At that time I couldn’t work for them because of my age but as soon as I turned 17 I applied and got the job. At first I thought it was a dream come true. Then I began to realize that sad truth. The clothing store I worked for thrived off teens in high school, overworking them for minimum wage and to make matters worse we were required to wear the company’s merchandise which wasn’t cheap! I left the clothing store and began working for a restaurant that had better pay and allowed me to interact with customers more which was something I liked. I did notice however that some of my coworkers would kiss up to my manager to get more hours or the shifts that they wanted. I wasn’t in the habit of kissing up so I just focused on being a good waitress which in the end caught my manager’s attention. I took the shifts that I could and successfully paid for my senior year activities.

    I am a Nursing/Premed major with hopes of going to medical school. Ideal jobs for me now would be in the medical field but they don’t really hire people without some type of patient care background. Although I am not going down the same career route as Mr. Shannon I still understand his methods and appreciate his advice. The medical field is just as thriving and viscous as any other job market. Which is why I have begun shadowing doctors and participating in summer internships that are geared toward the medical field.

  • Job searching is a skill that gets refined as we continue the process. It’s fabulous to take all the pointers and refine our resumes, but one very important topic is attitude and behavior in the moment of the actual interview.

  • Sending a “Thank you” email after an interview should have been a no brainer for me. I can’t believe I didn’t think or know to do that. I can’t help but wonder if there have been other small mistakes during my job hunts that have caused me to fail. I recently applied and interviewed with a company I’ve had my eye on but didn’t get the job because of my limited availability. There was another candidate with a schedule wide open who got the position. The manager said the loved my interview and would keep me in mind for the next opening. How do you respond to that? I thanked them for their time and consideration and said I’d call to check in. What else can you do?

    • You want to start by keeping in touch – that alone will impress the manager, because it’s uncommon! The thank you is the first touch. You might ask how often openings tend to come up too…

  • What a valuable article this was to read. When I was 17, I had my first interview and because I was nowhere near prepared, I did not land the position. If I had access to this article several years ago, I would have had a great interview because I would know how to conduct myself.

    Being thoroughly prepared for an interview will ease the nerves, which makes it simpler to answer the employer’s questions. Thank you for the great advice, I will apply the information you provided when I am preparing to get a good job!

  • While reading this article and listening to the video…I have learned what I have been doing wrong. I have a work history over twenty years long and I have been wrong!!! It is time for me to start rethinking a whole lot of things. I am happy that I have time to do somethings over!!

  • This article assures me that hard work does pay off. There are times where I don’t get something the first time, but if I continue, I just may achieve my goal. For example, applying for a job. It takes more than one interview at one job to get it. One must work hard.

  • I think its important to remind people that just had an interview to send a thank you note. In my previous job, which i had for 6 years- this was helpful and the manager appreciated the time i took to do this. I think in doing this you are demonstrating attention to detail and appreciation for someone else’s time which in return gives value to your time and your skills. It is also a way for a person looking to get hired to pop up and make an impression, leaving doors open in case things don’t work out at that moment, they eventually can remember you.

  • I don’t have a lot of experience as a job seeker, but I work at a coffee shop and have noticed a man who comes in near every day after his employment attempts. He is a classic train wreck of a job seeker, abusing many of the rules stated up here. He is sixty-four and overweight and has an unkempt beard which gives off the impression of poor personal hygiene.

    My boss used to be an interviewer for big companies and had experience with reviewing resumes and discussed issues with the man’s resume, as he had given it to her for a friendly review. His resume was three pages long and was filled with useless information to his employers, offering very few opportunities to show skill or ability. As previously stated, he is sixty-four, so he should avoid seeming overqualified, but he also hasn’t held on to a job for longer than two or three years tops, which should concern his employers. He does not learn from his mistakes and would often dismiss my boss’ advice because he was stubborn or self-righteous, both qualities that would probably make him look bad to employers.

    With so many faults, the man is still struggling to find a job, but I believe it may be because he struggles to accept change or new lines of thought into his application process. In a world that is constantly changing, you must plan to adapt to it, not the other way around. My boss and him have both helped me understand what is important to show, and what to say to potential employers. My father always says to make a good first impression, because after that first impression, your ability to change how a person sees you is difficult. It is something I’ve held on to and something that can help summarize this entire article.

    A job seeker should be interested in making a great first impression to any and all they meet. They want to seem empathetic, strong-willed, and intelligent but also be genuine. And the best way to prove it is through doing, not saying. Having experience under your belt or being prepared to show instances where you’ve proven your leadership is what will impress your employer, not telling them that you are a leader. It takes a man to talk the talk, but a bigger man to walk the walk.

  • I was extremely interested in an internship position with a company over the summer. After I had completed the application process, I was able to receive an interview. I studied the company and the position that I wanted to obtain. This was extremely helpful!

    The first question they asked me was why I wanted to work there, and after researching the company I was able to give them a solid answer. They were impressed with how much I knew and it really showed that I was focused and wanted the position. Another big thing was being myself. Being myself really helped me make a connection with the interviewers. It helped them remember me and see me as someone they would want to work with.

    I later recieved the internship with the company. Researching the company beforehand and being yourself while still being professional made all the difference when you’re trying to obtain a job.

  • From practice, I have developed confidence and knowledge for performance during interviews. There was a time when I had multiple interviews per month (which eventually turned to multiple interviews per week) and simply got better after each interview.

    Some were scary, some were tough, and others were simple and more comfortable. I believe practice is one of the main keys in finding out how you can make yourself seem like an asset employee.

    This article has excellent tips on preparation and how to make yourself seem more professional. Every bit can determine how the hiring manager will put you above other candidates. It was articles on the internet like this one that helped me take my first step towards getting jobs!

  • This is a great article, I learned a lot and this will definitely help me in the future, when I apply for a job.

  • My greatest mistake was not taking advance classes to help me get a head start on college while still in High School
    _Isabel Morales

  • Before reading this article, I had a difficult time writing cover letters and preparing myself for an interview. I have been unsure what to include in the cover letter, how much information is too much, how to organize a cover letter, how to greet my interviewer, and adequate answers to difficult questions.

    Previously, I had been applying for receptionist positions, I had never been a receptionist, but felt that with training it could be a job I would excel in. But, while I was applying for the positions, I felt that I could not write an adequate cover letter to express my interest in working for the company. In the end, I decided not to apply for the receptionist position because I wanted to take classes that would better train me for my career.

    After reading this article, I feel better prepared for future interviews. I now understand the importance of blogging, practicing for interviews, being sure not to babble during the interview, and how to better prepare a cover letter.

  • Wow, this information was great! I have always had trouble with interviews and not necessarily interviews going wrong but I also feel as if I am not sure what to talk about. I get really nervous before interviews and tend to be a blabber. Reading this information has given me great insight on what it truly takes to find a good job, not only that fits me but that I fit for them! Every time I go in for an interview I feel as if I do give basic answers. After reading this I think that my next interview should be a good one! Reading this as I am preparing to interview for my field practicum for graduate school, I am confident and believe that I will do well! Thank you for all of the helpful information and I am glad I read all the way through! Plan to read through again and take notes to prepare myself for my interview.

  • I came home from college about a month ago. Ever since i came home I have been searching for a job. I probably applied to more than 15 jobs. I would give them about a week to have the application processed and I would call and ask to speak to a manager. Most days they would be too busy to talk or just not in the office at all. I wanted to give up because I was trying and trying but it seemed like nobody wanted to hire me.

    I even tried applying to the local amusement park and everyone knew they hired there. I was even employed there a few ago. I didn’t want to go back there because it was too hot and I hate sweating. I was desperate for a job so I couldn’t be choosy. They didn’t even call me back I had to call them and ask them schedule me an interview. I didn’t know what was going on it has never been this hard to get a before.

    One day Radio shack called me and they were very interested in hiring me. I got excited because they pay a lot and its also just a cool place to work. I realized good things will come you if you have patience,

  • The last job I applied for I took extra care in composing a cover letter. I researched the school and its mission lined up with my values and approach to teaching. I feel because of this, I got the job! I learned the cover letter makes a big difference.

  • my greatest problem when looking for a job that i sometimes forget to write a cover, i do it with shortage of good direction that can make a reader feel may be am worth the job,sometimes am out of good words to use and then i feel wow i should sent with a cover letter let me try next time and time expires. fear of expression, i feel may be the interviewer is more greater and learned than i am so my english is not worth, and many other quire words. Like for now i have experience in many different areas and i feel also because of my level of education, i should meet a good employer who still allow me to go back to class but now getting this right experienced job becomes hell. i love community work and care giving jobs but to get an employer who understands me have become hard so that i further my studies also most of the jobs have remained on contracts.i have tried to apply jobs in a broad for care giving and i believe is gona give that courage and meet the job of my desire. prio to interview i have never failed it or even nt given a job after that but what kills me temp. jobs.actual i have learned a lot from this article and thank you so much whoever wrote it, it has challenged me on different areas n ope i will cleanse each and every area that am weak

  • I like the value proposition letter and tons of other information I am discovering on this site. Thank you!! You are an oasis in the desert of the job market.
    How can someone who is trying to relocate to another state get an edge over local candidates? I have had great luck with cold-calling in the past. However, I am in Pennsylvania and want to relocate to Colorado. Cold calling takes some persistence which is not feasible with limited vacation time and financial resources.
    Any advice will be appreciated!

  • I become such a chicken when it comes to networking and meeting new people. I usually get comfortable with certain people and maintain relationships just with them. This article has opened my eyes enormously and has encouraged me to place myself in the “pole position”.

    I have had great work experience at my current job; however, it is not my passion and I do not feel like I am making a change in someone’s life. This is the reason why I decided to relocate and pursue my M.A. in architecture in Boston, MA. After this reading this article I am highly encouraged to build a greater network at this new city and embrace this challenge having networking as my main goal.

  • I sincerely enjoyed reading this entire article. There were numerous points that I did not previously know which will really help me with my future job applications. Some of these points are so simple and obvious and it’s embarrassing that a lot of people forget these simple things when applying for a job.

    The section that stood out to me the most was, surprisingly, the cover letter section. I learned how to write a resume when I was around 14 and since then have only improved my resume writing skills, but was never taught how to write a cover letter. I applied for an on-campus job last year and a cover letter was required and I had no idea what to write and how to structure it without sounding self-absorbed and arrogant. I tend to write these long novels and include every bit of detail whenever I write anything because I think that it’s best to include too much detail than too little, but in the case of writing a cover letter, I was wrong. This article showed me that I shouldn’t exceed three paragraphs and include answers to the questions listed in order to be considered. These pointers seriously taught me how to write a cover letter and in the future I will follow this advice to create a perfect cover letter to go along with my resume.

    Overall, I am so thankful to have stumbled upon this site and have added it to my favorites and will continue to refer to this article each time that I apply for a job.

  • For risk of sounding just like every other commenter, this article was extremely helpful. As a junior in college, I know the job search is not far off. This article was filled with blunt but useful hints on how to go about searching for a job, and I will definitely have to come back to it when I start my search. Currently, I work two part time jobs in addition to going to school full-time so finding a full time job that would enable me to start paying off my college debt is my first priority after I graduate.

    In my own experience, networking is probably the most important aspect of finding a job. Maintaining good relationships with people in the workforce can really help when it comes time to apply for a new position or enter a new company. The majority of all of the jobs I have worked I have obtained interviews through people I know and have worked with prior. This article gives helpful hints on how to create and maintain those relationships.

    I think the most relevant part of the article was outlining all of the expectations and going through the interview process and the correct etiquette. There are so many people who have no idea how to operate in these situations and I know that I could definitely use some brushing up on the interview process.

  • This article was simple and straight to the point, was very helpful and had a lot of information to guide you. Outstand tips and great ways to encourage others to make changes.

    This allows me to add more information to what I already know and to help me be more well rounded.

  • I truly appreciate this post. I’ve been looking everywhere for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You’ve made my day! Thank you again! bebcgadcdake

  • My biggest fear when graduating college is that I will not be able to find a job. I will have spent years getting a degree but if I do not get a job, it will be a waste. This article has shown me how to make my resume appealing, what to expect at interviews, and how to get the ball rolling when first applying.

  • This article was incredibly informative. As I begin my college experience this fall, it’s extremely important to appropriately present myself through interviews, resumes and cover letters as well as interviews

    A related experience that I’ve had was attending job interviews for different organizations. The resume and interview piece of this article clearly outline some of the major issues and steps to having a successful interview. One approach I took to my job applications was making sure that my Resume was well spaced, and descriptive without containing an overload of information, thus making it easy on the eyes and brains of the recruiter.

    Networking in this article is also clearly outlined, showing that making occupational relationships and professional relationships are essential to obtaining opportunities and a good standing at a profession. These are points that I find helpful and applicable in my academic and professional aspirations.

  • This article was truly inspiring. I am reaching for a job straight out of college, but know it might not be an option. I will be sure to remember these tips for the next few year ahead of me.

  • I enjoyed reading this article. I’ve interviewed for a few jobs in the past year and but sheer dumb luck, I got them. After reading this article, I used some of these points while interviewing and I didn’t even know it! If anyone has a hard time interviewing or finding a job, I’d recommend this article. Clear and concise, just like it should be.

  • This article is extremely informing about the hiring process through the bosses/recruiters point of very that many people don’t get to see. I now know I probably never should have received the job I currently have due to my interviewing skills at that time. I walked in very timid because I did not think I wanted to work in the food delivery industry and the boss could tell that I know now. I walked out of that interview just writing down some contact information but nothing else and a bad feeling in my head. I realized that night how bad that interview went and I decided I was going to go back to the restaurant and talk to the workers and manager again the next day. From reading this article I know know the great impression I made by coming back and showing I actually did want to work and was going to be dedicated enough to do the job to the best of my ability. After that interview I walked out with the company shirt and my training shift times scheduled. I know have been working there for almost a year now and the boss has really shown to like me after my terrible first impression. This article has helped me know what to do now to walk out of the first interview with the shirt and training dates instead of having to save myself with trying to set up another interview. I will definitely be giving this article to my friends because everyone should know this information so they can be more successful in there job hunting and interviewing etiquette.

  • Once I had graduated from undergrad, with only internship experience from high school, it was hard to get an interview especially after the financial crisis in 2008. My first interview was with an investment banking firm. After a few minutes of endless questions, my interviewer broke me. It came to a point where I didn’t know the answers to his questions. It was a nightmare. After months of applying, I finally landed a job in a different field, advertising. Now that I’m looking to go back to school, I can learn from my previous experience and approach the job market differently. This article was very helpful and will be useful in the near future.

  • Meeting with job recruiters is a scary experience for anyone starting out in the job market. Recruiters intimidate these candidates as a way of seeing who can handle the pressure of working for their company. But with more experience and confidence under the job seeker’s belt, they can pitch themselves to recruiters as people worth hiring.

    When I had my first interview for a college, I was extremely nervous about how the interview will go and the topic of conversation. I prepared myself by researching the school and everything they had to offer that I wanted, as well as the career of the recruiter. I felt I had over-prepared myself and would fail to ask the wrong questions, but the direction of the conversation was mostly in my control. The interview was much more casual than I expected but attending it still gave me the confidence and experience to tackle future endeavors.

    As a college undergraduate that is not looking for job placement yet, I am still trying to place my foot in the door and get seen by different recruiters as someone that cares. Getting a position in a company will only happen if you make yourself known, the job will never come to you without some effort. In order to make myself a stronger candidate, I have networked with potential employers and hopefully make finding a job less stressful.

  • I recently had my first job interview and I really wish I had this advice before I went in there.

    I remember running late because my printer wan’t working. So, I had to run across campus to print out my resume. Since I was in such a hurry, I did not notice my resume had an entire sentence cut off. I felt so embarrassed as I handed the paper over, but they never looked at it once which made me feel slightly better. I agree with what the article is saying though. You should proofread anything you hand in; it’ll only take a few seconds to go over it once. If the interviewers had noticed, maybe things would not have gone as smoothly as they did.

    For that same interview, they asked me the question “Why should we hire you?”. I had seen this question coming because it is one of the practice questions any teacher will give their students when preparing them for the real world. I learned that if you smile and if you act confident in whatever you say the people interviewing you will like you for who you are.

    I did end up getting the job in question, even though I worried over my answers in my head constantly in the two weeks that followed. I only wish I had known a little more information on how the interview would have gone so that I could have been better prepared. This site is an excellent tool and it is something I am going to suggest to my friends whenever they are unsure of something like I was for my first interview.

  • I am now at a point in my life where everything seemed to be going fine. I had recently got a pay raise and my family had moved into a bigger house with land. I could see my vision of being somewhat stable finally working out. Until, recently I received news that my position was possibly going to be terminated and I would either need to find a new job or lose my job. I started contemplating new career paths and realized that it would be really challenging and competitive.
    After having read “The complete job search guide- how to land a job at a great company” I found the networking part very intriguing and useful. I’ve always heard that one should network and it’s who you now that help you get a job. I will try to final fix my Linkedin account and start networking more.

  • This cite was very helpful. I find that all of these tips are essential to have or succeed in your career choice. At first I was very shy and insecure about finding information by myself, I could not make phone calls, however once I stepped out of that shell I noticed that things became a lot easier for me to find out information that I really needed.

  • As a recent college graduate I find this article to be very helpful. I can relate to this article particularly to the section on the importance of networking. During my first year in college I found great mentors and professors that taught me the importance of networking in order to help me get where I wanted to be in life. I always remembered what they said – “at the end it doesn’t matter what you know but it mostly matters who you know.” With this in mind I joined different organizations that gave me access to a diversity of professionals that I otherwise would not had access as a student. Like this article states, keeping a healthy professional network can help you to get the job you want. It was thanks to joining different organizations that helped me built my professional network. I hold the position I have now thanks to a member I met from one of these organizations. She recommended me with her superiors and shared with me the main needs of the department. I did not have experience in this field but I jot the job. It was also through my different networks that I was able to obtain most of my prior jobs. For this reason I believe the 66% of job prospecting that the article talks about when companies look for candidates is mostly from word of mouth and the networks that have been established by current co-workers or other affiliated organizations.

    Something that I have learned as part of my work experience is that it can be easy to train a person to do particular job, the hardest part is finding the person with the right personality for the job. This is where a network recommendation can really help to get at least an interview opportunity where you can prove if your personality matches the position requirements and the culture of that department.

    I can also relate to the importance of using LinkedIn as a professional networking tool. LinkedIn has allowed me to connect with persons I met while I was in college and gives me the opportunity to know about their current positions and the companies they work for. I plan to use this information to help me coordinate informational interviews and meet people from this new industry that I now belong.

    The article section that talks about sending thank you e-mails the same day of an interview was really helpful for me. I had not really realized how important this is and I definitely plan on sending them after my future job/career interviews.

    Thank you for all this great information.

  • As student in an undergraduate school I haven’t been involved in much job search although what I have heard among friends and family about job search and becoming succesfull in a company is a lot like “Mercifully, after six long, humbling months”, that sometimes you are lucky to find a job little related to what you wanted but it’s always a good start and you can always climb up in a company by getting to know others and networking with people who knoe about upcoming job opportunities. Also being a hard worker in every job always has a good outcome whether you stay in that company or not, you can always make connections and even get a letter of recomendation for another job.

  • This was a very through and detailed account on the steps and the insight needed to obtain the job within a chosen career field. i found the information to be extremely useful, especially the material presented on Cover Letters and Networking. Historically i have not used cover letters, however I now have a better understanding of their importance. Now networking is something that i do use effectively, however i was able to gain some extra tips from the article. Overall, i will use this newly learned information to assist me in my future job searches and interviews.

  • This article did a wonderful job of outlining the details of how each specific process works. Generally what one runs into is just the idea (ex:go network!), but very rarely are they provided the details of how to make the idea happen. I believe that the section on networking is especially important, this being due to my own personal experiences with the success of networking. A few months before I was to graduate, I knew what direction I wanted to go, but not how to get there. I decided to get in touch with the director of one of our Diversity and Inclusion offices (a.k.a my dream job), and talk to her about what her journey had been, and what next steps I should take. As it turned out, she had obtained the same major I was about to graduate in, and had gotten the exact Master’s Degree I wanted to get! We had a great conversation, and she was able to direct to all the right people to get into a great school to get my Master’s Degree. If it wasn’t for her and the connections she helped me make, I may not be where I am today. Never underestimate the power of networking!

  • This article is exactly what I needed to read. I am the process of searching for an internship, and being an undergraduate in the legal program, this can become very challenging when my competition our first year law school students. I have always asked myself what can I do to stand out or make myself seem worthy of the job?

    After reading this article, it became clear that no matter what, it is important to know yourself.This doesn’t mean let and ego get in the way. I understood this as being aware of who you are and knowing what you want to get out of the job. When going into a job interview, it seems that the most important thing is to learn what a boss expects of you, not what you expect from your boss.

    Learning to listen to people is a skill that is used in all occupations, especially in the legal field. This article shows that yes, it is important to know what you want, it also important to hear others out and make sure that you are not letting your own preferences get in the way.

  • This article has easy steps on how to land your perfect job but it also motivates to become a better person. This is an article everyone should read, regardless of age group.

  • I found this to be very helpful. I currently have a job that I work part time during the school year and full time during the summer, but it is still really good advice that I will be able to apply to future job interviews. I think that the best advice was to put yourself in the mind of the employer. Employers don’t want to hear about what you want from them, they want to hear about what you have to offer them. I think that this is important to keep in mind when presenting yourself in an interview. I have a habit of asking lots of questions about how the job that I’m applying for will be good for me. This article pointed out that that may be off putting for a future employer.

  • This article was extremely informative and provided clear points that struck my interest. Being a first generation student, I am going into college blindsided with minimal work experience. In short, I have had little to none real world experience. I have worked for a pediatrician’s office as a chart prepper, but nothing that actually involved people or face to face conversation. Reading this article, by Eric Shannon, opened my eyes to new ways of attaining a job as an independent student/adult.

    One of the main points that struck my mind was “Interviewing”. Although I do not have a fear of speaking to people, I still get nervous like everyone else. I remember one time I was being interviewed by the manager for when I applied for the summer job at the pediatric’s office. I knew the person interviewing me, but for some reason I was still nervous and afraid of whether or not I would get the job. Number eight and nine under “Interviewing” were points I paid extremely intensively to.

    According to point number eight, not only making a real connection with the interviewer can help your chances in the interview, but also with their workers. I never knew that the interviewer would ask their staff if the person they are trying to hire seems like a good fit-WHAT? I never act out of hand in public, but this still means that I would have to be on my best behavior even before the interview.

    Number nine’s focus was body language. I play volleyball and I’m the captain of my team, but being the captain is a strenuous task. Whenever I make a mistake, I sometimes hang my head, and my father would always tell me to watch my body language because others can read it. I listened, surprisingly, and my body language and become incredibly better! I know that in an interview that I should not shrink in my shoulders and sit straight up with the most confidence, but not too much confidence because that can come off cocky.

    After reading this article, I can certainly say that I am no longer afraid to face the real world. I can no longer say that I am afraid of getting a job, too. In college, I am going to have to work to pay off my tuition, so reading this article was very helpful. Besides the “Interviewing” section, I also learned some new tips for my cover letter, references, and how to network.

  • As a young man who has just begun to search for job opportunities, I have to say that this article really hit upon many tactics that I have both heard of and implemented myself. I have not had much job experience yet, having begun my first year of college only last September. Having said that, in the job and research position interviews I have gone through already, the skills mentioned here have helped immensely.

    As a whole, this relates most to my experience as a student applying for a research position this year. Though obviously somewhat different from a job search, the factors remain the same: you must build up a network in order to even access people who will hire you; you must express your skills and interests succinctly yet dynamically in the cover letter and resumé; finally, the interview must be an expression of how you will fit into the work environment.

    Out of all the lessons this article highlights, in my opinion, the most important is the “asking good questions” recommendation. Having had little experience with research up until that point, I remember asking during my interview what my potential research sponsors hoped to attain in performing their studies. I believe that this, more than anything, not only allowed me to know the interviewers better, but built a rapport between us outside of the usual “What are your interests? Why are you applying?” line of questioning. Through this, we were able to understand at a more basic level what we each hoped to gain from the research experience; consequently, I was able to demonstrate how I as an individual could help them to achieve a united goal.

    The recommendation to send a thank you letter is also quite important – I know many times, people with whom I have interviewed have very happily responded to the messages I send post-interview. I think that it adds a level of professionalism, along with informing them that I truly did enjoy having the opportunity to be considered for a position.

    I will most definitely be searching for how I can incorporate some of these recommendations the next time I apply for a work or research position – I thank you in large part for the LinkedIn and blogging tips, they were mediums that I will certainly be exploring in the near future!

  • I found that “The Complete Job Search Guide” was relatable as well as useful. I have heard of many of the tips before but a few struck me as being very beneficial when trying to get a job. Currently, I am in the process of applying and interviewing for summer jobs. The portion in this article about references as well as sending a thank-you are two things I will pay more attention when filling out an application and leaving an interview.

    During previous interviews sometimes I did not prepare or research the company as much as I should have. After reading this article I will be sure to think of questions that will show how interested I am in the job as well as prepping myself with random questions they may ask me about my personal life.

    This article was very helpful and this website seems to have some essential job information that I did not know about until today.

  • This article has been very helpful. I know my areas of interest in school have a lot of job opportunities (Environmental Sciences and Crop Production), especially with farmland decreasing and population increasing. However, I find that searching for jobs is something that I haven’t quite grasped a hold of. As I’m going through school, I know I’m gaining the knowledge and skills needed to help obtain my dream career and this article will greatly help me organize and present these skills on my resume. Figuring out what to include and what to leave out of a resume has always been one of the toughest things for me to figure out. With help from articles like this, I hope to hash out the unnecessary parts and present my potential employers with a resume that will appeal to them. This article has also given me further insight on how to properly interview and I am excited to see where this new information will take me in the future.

  • I am a freshman at Iowa State University, so this article was more of a heads up because I am not quite at the point in my life where I need a steady job to carry me through life. I can relate this to getting my first job three weeks ago at a medical center.
    In this article it talks about resumes, networking and interviews, which is what connected to me the most. First, it was super hard trying to put a resume together just because people hiring usually look for past experience and that was something I could not account for. With some help from my parents, I was able to gather up volunteer experience that I had to spice up my resume.

    As far as networking, that is how I got the opportunity to receive the job I have now. Thanks to my little brother being so active, one of his teammate’s dad works at this medical center called On With Life and after mentioning my needs for a summer job, Pat, my brother’s teammate’s dad, offered to give me a job paying over minimum wage. I couldn’t turn that down and it was a great opportunity knowing that I want to pursue a career in the area of pharmaceuticals.

    After agreeing to apply for the job, I had to be set up for an interview to talk more in depth of the job I was being offered to make sure it was something that I wanted to dedicate myself to. I learned while being interviewed that it is better to know what you are wanting to say so that everything flows and to give off the vibe of self-confidence. They enjoyed that I always had a smile on my face and kept everything short, simple and to the point.

    Overall, with the areas of the article that I could connect to, I agree to the tips and advice that was given. Great article!

  • This article was great to read with some very interesting points and tips. Graduating from high school this upcoming year and going into the real world soon, especially entering the field of business, looking for a job and internship is

    going to be very important. I’ve learned through experience at my high school, the Albuquerque Academy, that hard work and determination and time management is key in doing a good job and taking advantage of opportunities. With

    this article I have taken away the fact that preparation is a big key in the big world as well. It doesn’t really matter too much what you look like on paper anymore, what your accomplishments are, and the credentials. To make an

    impression and an impact on a company you have to be well prepared. You have to research the company, what they do, how they do it, their goals, their accomplishments, their culture. You have to prepare for the questions, all types,

    and be ready to speak clearly and strong. You must be confident in yourself, be proud of the work you do, and be excited about the job you want to do. You must look nice, professional, and appealing to show you are serious. These

    are all smaller parts of the job but each step in preparation is very important to show you are willing to put in the time and effort for a job you love. This advice and tips are great for many kids my age and college students and also is a

    great guide with a clear checklist to go off of. Preparation and dedication is key to go along with the credentials, accomplishments, and work ethic.

  • What a helpful article! I just wanted to comment on the networking portion. First of all, I think networking is key in the job market. I myself thought networking was shallow and self-centered at first (only talking to people to see if they had job openings seemed unappealing to me). However, I went to a networking workshop as part of a Women’s Initiative in Leadership program I was involved it, and it completely changed my views on the subject.

    Networking is a really helpful and natural tool to search for a job. Networking, at its core, is talking to people and listening to what they have to say. It is not necessarily shallow conversation solely intended at getting a job offer; it is so much more than that. Networking can offer opportunities that you may not have had before, and if done right, it is most definitely worth a shot.

    Recently, I put this article’s advice to the test. In the past couple of months, I emailed many companies in my hometown that I wanted to intern at for the summer. I had never asked for internships before, and I was afraid that these companies would never respond to my emails, or worse, say no to me. Embracing my fear was probably the hardest part of the process- rejection was tough, but things worked out in the end. I was eventually emailed back by an amazing non-profit company in my hometown and I will be interning there for the summer. Without a doubt, this article provides key information and advice that should be utilized! I am a living testament to its greatness. My words of advice: network, network, network.

  • I learned a lot from this article. While I have not gone job searching just yet, I always figured that the best way to start out a interview with a recruiter is to brag about yourself and your accomplishments. Such as saying that I did really well in school, I am a hard worker, and show off any awards that I may get. Turns out that is the exact opposite of what to do, instead address a problem that the company needs help with, and propose a solution to it. This will surely help in future job interviews that I will have.

  • Being that I’m currently in the process of looking for a job this has been a very helpful article. I’ve managed to get a few interviews over the last month and I feel like I definitely need some improvement.

    Something I never considered so much was researching the company that I am applying for. The target questions in the Interview section is a great list that I’ve written down and will definitely be focusing on for future interviews.

  • I am a nursing student and my advisors are constantly encouraging me to set up a resume with a cover letter, and begin looking for jobs prior to graduating, so once I obtain my nursing license I can go right into the my work field. This article gave me a foundation in how I need to approach this process as a new member of the working community since I’ve only been employed by one company before and the hiring process was rather informal.

    Like the article said, I believe that leaving something for the employer to remember me by is crucial to getting hired because something that will make one stand out will hopefully draw the employer to want to hear more about the prospective employee. This was very interesting to read and hopefully gave me manny tips for a successful interview later on.

  • Work smarter not harder!
    I just wish I read this article earlier. Over the past few months, I have been applying to internships – sending out over 30 applications, had interviews,been in career fairs, network meetings. Yes, i thought i did my best and worked hard. But reading this article made me realize that i was working hard, but not smart. I need to be efficient.

    Few days ago, I was at game development networking meet up and realized that I shouldn’t be “selling” myself. The article mentions that HR people don’t care much one’s work unless it would make their company, their work easier. I always presented myself as the “big deal.” But the article explains in hiring point of view – the HR manager would like to hire who will help them. Before the interviews, i would think “what have I done? why am I deserve this job? but now i definitely want to go beyond that and ask “what does this company need and how does my experience and skill can contribute?”

    Being stressed and depressed with internship hunting and being rejected, I am genuinely thankful for this article. This article was an oasis for me. I just ordered “What is Your Color Parachute.”

    Thank you so much for this amazing article! definitely forwarding it to my friends.

  • Reading through this article, written by Eric Shannon, reminded me a lot of myself. There was a point in my life where I had all of these goals set in my head, yet I did nothing about it. In my head I was so ambitious, yet I was not ready for the reality of hard work. I also became depressed because I felt so ashamed about the life I was living and the way I lacked perseverance. As Eric did, I also snapped out of it and set out to look for a job, became involved in groups at school and slowly worked myself all the way to the top.

    I also have to add that the portion written about resumes is also extremely relevant. I had a resume that I thought was great and worthy of getting me an interview. One day I went to revise my resume at Career Services, located at my school, where they help students with resumes and finding jobs. To my surprise, my resume was totally wrong. Luckily, they helped me revise it and gave me a guide to help me rewrite my resume. I was soon able to land an interview with my new resume and by becoming a totally different person than the one that I was in the past. I was enthusiastic, ready, hard working and optimistic about finding a job, becoming involved and reaching my goals.

  • It is so nice to have someone tell it to you straight, the job market is harsh. In school they teach you about how to create a resume, what clothing is appropriate at interviews and such, but they don’t tell you not to babble, to send the interviewer a thank you e-mail. These are things that employers notice, but job seekers do not really think about.

    What I though was one of the most important aspects is getting those hidden jobs, and knowing how to network in order to get them. I have friends who started out volunteering with an organization or program on the university campus. They started out with a class or a club that led them to some opportunities which later turned into payed work. It’s amazing how many of those hidden student jobs exist, jobs that no one really know about. I have one friend who started working with the community gardens, one thing led to another and now he has a fantastic job cataloging plants.

    To me personally, this is the hardest part. I am often shy and introverted. I can work, write, do research, but when it comes to communicating with other and making connections I often don’t even try. This article served as a great reminder that the opportunities that could make or break my future career are all around me, I just have to push out of my comfort zone to reach them. I am very glad I read this, I feel inspired to go out and meet people and get involved in the community, who knows where it might lead!

  • This article was very helpful for me, personally the hardest part about job searching is networking. It is hard for me to reach out to other people and ask for help, or ask for connections. But, I’ve learned that this is a valuable part of job searching. This past year I’ve applied for (and not received) various internships. I’m working on increasing my network to increase my chances at landing an internship that will help me become a stronger job candidate.

  • This article was great. I will be graduating in about a year from now and I don’t fully know what job i am going to end up with. This article was great that it gave information about every aspect of the job hunting process. The first part being actually finding not only a good job but a job that you enjoy. I really enjoyed the resumes section. Since I am a business major, I have had a resume for a long time and have built on it but I still found new information that i can use to improve my resume.”make it easy on my eyes and my brain.” I work so hard to make sure my resume sounds great but sometime I have a tendency to over explain and out way too much in; I make hard on the brain. A resume should be the easiest thing to read and very simple to understand

    Also the last section about working smart was perfect. Most people are in pursuit of getting the perfect job for so long that they forget what to do once they have landed that position. Working hard at a new job is so important. It is the people that you work with that help you in bettering yourself and learn from the people around you.

    Lastly I love that the article touch on the importance of networking. I have had various jobs and internships and almost all of them were due to the fact that I knew someone that helped me get that position. Networking is basically understanding its not just what you but who you know. It is the relationships that we keep that help become so successful.

    • This really helped me a lot indeed. I actually have to write a job resume and now I will be able to write the perfect job resume. The part that discusses about the interview is very helpful!! 🙂

  • I really related to this whole article because I am currently a graduating senior from Florida Gulf Coast University. I understand the struggle of trying to land a job right after university. I have applied to more than ten jobs and have only heard back from one. The lesson about not thinking about yourself and talking about what you want from an employer hit home with me.

    After applying to all of these jobs I understand this lesson very well. It is very true that an employer wants to hear what you have to bring to the table. I have been to an interview and the employer definitely wanted to know what I could bring to their table and how I would handle certain situations.

    Overall, the article was very informative and gave me some really good tips about what my resume and cover letter should look like. I feel that this is a hidden gem because all of this information is crucial for those graduating students who are looking for employment.

  • I am so grateful for the amazing job I have now! After many years of experience in different areas (hospitality, night-life) and diligent search for a significant and trustworthy job, I landed a position as a receptionist at a busy real-estate law firm. Things have only gotten better from there, I became my boss’ legal assistant and the company is prospering. Hard work and dedication paid off. Showing my skills, detail oriented work, cooperating, and my willingness to learn and help in new aspects of the office have really impressed my co-workers. My ultimate dream is to became an attorney but this is the best place to start, from the bottom and work my way up. Working side by side with my attorney and his associates has only mad me more knowledgeable and has gotten my “feet wet” into the dedication these professionals have to their careers. I love it and wouldn’t trade it for the world, well maybe a law degree! 🙂

  • I happen to find this very informative. This gave me a different outlook on finding and applying for different jobs. In a way, it is it’s own science. In times like these, everyone is desperate for a decent paying job. Knowing this, I have an advantage on those I am competing with. This article gave me the heads up on what employers are searching for. In the field I’m going to try to get in to, the competition is high. Landing a job in the criminal justice system is no easy task. After this article read, I can be sure that I am going to be a strong candidate in achieving a job in my major field.

  • This article is wonderful and has helped me further my knowledge on how to be better prepared for interviews and writing cover letters and resumes. In my point of view reading this has made me realize that I have to go into an interview and not be nervous, the same principle applies to when writing a cover letter or resume, you just need to be genuine and real. I think something to take away from this website is to not be afraid of what people think of you, present yourself well and be genuine. In my case, I usually get nervous while preparing for an interview, this is because i have a lip piercing. I didn’t get the piercing because I’m a “punk” I got it because my grandmother always told me to be exactly who I wanted to be and to not be afraid of the way people will judge me. So when she died I got the piercing to commemorate the meaning of what she taught me. I realize that if a job or internship wants me as an employee that they will have to except this fact about my life and if they really want me to work with them, they will hear my story and look past my piercing and they will see a hard worker.

  • This guidance is extremely helpful for most college students. I did not know anything about how to prepare myself in front of company manager. After finish reading the entire article, I understand the way it works and what company manager wants. This guidance is very detailed and meaningful. It helps me a lot!

  • this page was a true wake up call for me as an undergrad. I learned that i need skills in order to obtain my career. This is why i want to begin an internship soon with a physical therapist. The more experience and references, the more successful i believe i’ll be.

  • For my first job I remember being extremely nervous while interviewing. Being one of my first interviews, I had no idea what I would say, what I would be asked, and whether the interviewer would be friendly or intimidating. I went to my first interview and lucked out. It turned out the manager was part of the first graduating class of my current high school.

    This gave us a connection and made me stand out as an applicant. It was something irrelevant but it made me more likable. In addition, this made the interview more personal and less forced.

    Lucikly, I got the job and started work on a great note! Having a good resume is great, bur the interview is an essential part of the job hunt. It is one’s first impression on someone and what will decide if you’re eligible or no. Resumes may be deceiving, having you in front of someone answering questions is as accurate of an impression as the interviewer will get before they hire someone.

  • It has always been my dream to land the best job that I could at the best company in that field. That is all it has ever been, though: a dream. This guide articulated each little detail to help me make my dream a reality.

    One of the biggest realizations I gleaned from this guide is that of networking. I attend the University of Michigan which I know has a huge network of Alumni who love to help undergraduates thrive in their field. I hadn’t considered utilizing this network until I finished this article. There is an alumni center 40 minutes from my hometown, and family friends are alumni from Michigan. Why not utilize this resource? I don’t have to try and go it alone. That would be unproductive and unnecessarily difficult. A simple email and phone call could connect me to many important people in the field I want to work in.

    Not only would I be connected, but I would learn more from 15 minutes on the phone with a manager at a company than googling for an hour what I think they want me to know. A network, a community, is more productive and important than trying to find a job by myself.

  • Everyday, finding a job is getting harder and harder. I remember the day I turned 16 I was applying at a job because I wanted to help my family with the bills. Since then I have enjoyed working and earning my money because I understand how hard my parent work. And I appreciate even more everything they do for me. Indeed, throughout the years I have being able to find better jobs thanks to my dedication and hard effort. Nevertheless, school has always being my priority and studying hard to obtain my good grades. Passion, dedication, and my family are my reason to work hard for the thing I want in life. There’s always opportunity for everyone who really wants to work for it.
    One thing I have learned throughout the years is how valuable I am and capable to fulfill my goals in life. Graduate with a 3.7 in High school, did by A.A in pre-nursing, and now I’m going for my bachelors. And even though I’ll have to leave my job for school and clinical I am very proud of everything I have accomplish so far in life. Community hours is a great opportunity and a great experience to show to others how valuable you. That’s a magnificent way to obtain valuable reference for a resume.

  • All of the information that is listed provided great information. Since I was the age of 16, I have unintentionally followed some of these guidelines in order to obtain a job. Two of the most important subjects discussed in this guide include networking and interviewing. I truly feel these two aspects can bring a lot to the table when trying to start your career. In order to network, you really need to get involved. This was not mentioned in that section of the guide which I find is important to talk about. Getting involved can make for a great resume and will provide you with at least one new reference. Although, having a great resume and references through networking can be very useful, all the effort can be useless if you do not have good skills when being interviewed. If you stutter the entire interview or do not appear confident, the boss may not want you on their team. These reasons conclude as to why I feel these two aspects are most important when trying to begin your career.

  • I think the section on Prospecting is really important and sage advice. It mentions to do some free work to prove yourself. This tip can be so beneficial for clients or employers to see what you can do without making a commitment upfront. It shows that you aren’t afraid of letting your talents shine and you’re confident enough to demonstrate that you can do the job at hand. I think this is a great tip to remember. Additionally, doing a little work for free can often be seen by people you don’t expect to see it and before you know it you have other job opportunities and more networking accomplished.

    Reverting back to using the snail mail and telephone is also a great tip since this had become less popular, you can really stand out to a potential employer by picking up the phone. There is nothing like connecting voice to voice to show someone you are really interesting in a job.

    Very helpful points made; I learned a lot from reading these tips.

  • I wish I would have found this sooner!

    This article is incredibly helpful. I am currently a freshman in college and have been applying for internships and summer jobs. This article gives so many great tips, and I agree with so many points discussed. These tips will definitely be beneficial in my future searches for career opportunities.

    Even though this article was from a business perspective, I believe all college major types (even science majors like myself) can benefit from these tips. Most, if not all, fields boil down to business. It is so great to hear these helpful tips from a person who is actually in a hiring position.

    I learned many great tips I will be able to apply to my future endeavors including how to write a good resume and cover letter and how to prepare for an interview. At my age especially, I feel these skills are scarce!

    This was truly a great resource and I will be using it for reference in the future.

  • As a current college freshman, I hope to have the opportunity to experience an internship and I believe that your article will help me immensely secure that experience. I have not had a lot of experience in applying for jobs, only during the summer months of high school so your article will be very helpful. It has brought some things to my attention that I have not thought of or encountered. Thanks for the information!

  • This was a very informative article about the job search process that mirrored many of my own experiences. For the past several years, I have been working in restaurant management trying to put myself through school. However, despite my vast experience, competition for positions continued to grow and I found the it often came down to the interview.

    While preparing for the interview for my current position, I wanted to make sure I was well prepared and went in ready to show the interviewers that I was the best candidate for the position. I spent time researching the restaurant group and familiarizing myself with their reputation in the community, and I prepared thoughtful questions ahead of time to ask during the interview to show my interest.

    During the interview, the interviewers commented that I seemed well prepared and knowledgeable about their company, and that they appreciated that I had clearly taken the time and effort beforehand to familiarize myself with their company. Three days later I was called and offered the position, which shows the importance of preparing for an interview beforehand.

  • Every and every section and sub-section of this article was beyond informative. This stuff truly isn’t taught in school. As a photography major and creative writing minor I know that my entire career will depend on me having the right knowledge, mind-set and motivation. Although I have a few photo exhibits and minor writing publications under my belt, this is just the tip of the iceberg for me. I am currently a senior at SCAD-Atlanta and have been lucky enough to have had a lot of help from peers and professors. It’s daunting to think of what will come after graduation; perhaps Grad school? But how will I pay for Grad school? The competition out there is fierce, and the sections on networking, building a strong resume and good interviewing skills were all extremely helpful. The search for a dream job that uses all of the skills and talents that you just spent four years perfecting in college is a tough search, especially in today’s economy.

    It truly is all about showcasing yourself. Showing your possible employer why you stand out from the crowd and why they need you is important. What do you bring to the table? I’ve experienced this first-hand this year. I was chosen out of a group of six people to be an intern at CobbleCreek Studios in Snellville, Georgia. My cover letter, resume, interview with the gallery owner and website all helped me earn a competitive internship. I learned the ins and outs of gallery showings and curating exhibits, and even got to put together my very own exhibit at the end of the internship. The gallery doubles as an art studio where people of all ages can come and learn how to paint, sketch, and draw. Since I got the internship I had a chance to speak to some students about my college, how I got in and what they must do now as high schoolers in order to get into the art school of their dreams. I have remained on the dean’s list at SCAD for the majority of my college career and have logged over 240 community service hours; these things have helped me to make lasting connections with professors, employers and companies throughout my community (which makes for great references). With the internship that I worked hard to earn I can further build my resume and my qualifications for future job prospects. With determination, confidence and the slew of knowledge I’ve gained from this article I feel more confident that I will be able to find that company that will be the true match for me.

  • This article had a lot of valuable information. Going into college, these are very good tips for when I graduate which is useful so I can be ahead of the game. Now I know the right choices when it comes to landing a job the relates to my major.

  • The article was very informative! I have to agree with all of it especially the networking section! This has probably been one of the most valuable tools for me since I have started my career.

    Networking and getting to know others in the same field as you can open so many doors! It has taken me as a 20 year old to the top as I have become an Emergency Management director, getting to work hand in hand with a multitude of different first responder agencies.

    Many of the other factors discussed are very helpful and well written, but I owe most if not all of my success in my career thanks to networking and getting involved with those types of people. You just can not be afraid to talk to someone else, no matter their position in a company. It will get you places!

  • This article was very helpful. As of right now, I feel like I know what I want with my life. I have changed my career many different times, but landing this current one has made me very happy and knowing that in a few years I’ll be doing it makes me very very happy. This article was really good! Glad I took the time to read it!

  • I am the first to go to college from my family. This information was quite helpful since these are things my father or mother never had to go through. My father passed away when I was 7 and he was a farmer, and ever since my mother had to enter the workforce in New Jersey doing mostly factory work in the industrial area of the Garden State.

  • After interviewing for my first job, My father reminded me to send an email to the employer thanking him for the opportunity of the interview and hoping to hear from him soon. According to the employer, that email was what put me on top for receiving the job. Its cool how a little bit of communication can be the difference between getting the job and not.

    Although it is not everything, being able to interview is very important in todays day in age. Communication skills, confidence and a sharp resume can can help anyone get a job. I will definitely keep this page on my computer so that next time I have an interview I know exactly what to do!

  • When I was first starting out in the Telecommunications industry I interviewed for my first job in Telecom with MCI. I had a couple of weeks before my interview. I studied material I might be asked and a friend of my mother’s who was the local Postmaster helped me out by interviewing me for practice. We identified areas of my interviewing skills that needed improvement and the second time he interviewed me I’d shown marked improvement.

    When the day of the interview came I gave it my all and actually felt very relaxed as I felt I’d done all I could to prepare and now I only had to answer the questions I was asked, ask the few that I’d prepared and appear confident. As my interview was winding down the interviewer asked me what I’d done to prepare for our meeting. All at once my confidence soared and I grinned at him. I told him about the practice interviews my family friend had done with me and I’ve always been convinced that that commitment to preparation is what, in fact, landed me that job.

  • Upon reading this article, I discovered three major mistakes I have been making in the writing of cover letters and resumes.

    My cover letters are always at least twice the length that this article recommends. I mainly write about my skills, abilities, and past experiences, but I do not explain how I could use those tools to help the company continue to succeed.

    As for resumes, when I talk about my past job, I merely list my responsibilities. I have not been describing the impact that I made on the company.

  • I found this article super helpful for being an undergrad student!!! Before I get into the real world, these helpful tips will give me a great advantage while applying and trying to get in contact with engineering companies.

    I had an internship interview with a global real estate company last year and I realized that personality plays a huge factor in getting with the company. Just be yourself and completely relaxed because employers want to know the real you.

  • I can definitely relate to some of these. The comics in this article are hysterical with a real sense of truth to them too.

  • As an undergraduate senior about to graduate in May, I found this article to be very informative and very relatable. I recently reached a depressive state while looking for post graduate jobs with my specific degree. I originally thought I was well prepared for all interviews that were approaching but I was sadly mistaken. The steps mentioned in the article were the necessary steps I needed to take to get my life on track and get out of the depressive state I was in. I went to my career center and sought help with editing my resume and they conducted mock interviews with me. Although I have changed from wanting to go directly into the work force to getting my masters, the interviewing skills I ended up gaining landed me admission into an ivy league university. These steps really do work.

  • I actually found this article really interesting. There is definitely a lot of great information in it that I can use in the future after I graduate college and start looking for a job. I am 20 years old and as of right now i’m finishing up my 2 year degree and transferring to a University this coming fall. Once I am out of school I plan on getting a job in a field where I can work with children, whether it be social work or helping children with special needs, I have not decided yet.

    I have yet to do any type of volunteer work, which now that i think of it is sort of frightening because I need to start getting some experience if I want to be able to land a good job later on. This article was kind of a relief for me to read and see that I am not the only one who struggles with these scary thoughts of what I am going to do with myself after I graduate college.

    Thanks for the insight, I will be bookmarking this page to my computer to look back on when I need some help!

  • Hi, I thought that all of the information was very helpful and also really refreshing. I have held some good jobs in the past and was always very confident while undergoing the job hunting and interviewing process. It was not until this last recession that I realized just how hard things are in the job market at the moment. I must have put in over a thousand two hundred online applications, all to no avail. I could not believe that this was happening to me! I NEVER had a problem securing a good job and now it seemed like it was next to impossible. The part of the article that I really enjoyed was getting back to some of the old fashion basics such as a phone call and looking through the newspaper. These tactics are tremendously overlooked but still hold a sincere value.

  • I really enjoyed your article, and as a college student I found it to be very informative. This upcoming summer I have an internship opportunity and I needed more assist in my resume and interview area. I feel like your article will help me.

    I always believe that my interview skills were good, but this year I come to find that it could use a lot of work. I was not selling myself as efficiently as I thought I was. However, I will take note of your article and apply it to my summer internship interview.

    I agree that networking is a key in landing a job, as well as, an internship. It is always beneficial to know people who know people and can get your foot into the door. My older brother recently graduated from college and thanks to the peers he meet in college he was able to get a good job off the back.

    I appreciate again, for you writing this article. I hope to try my best and follow this proceeds to get a job at a great company upon graduating from college.

  • This article was very interesting. I am currently in high school and just got my first job a few months ago, and thankfully my parents and family helped me and taught me a lot of the information from this article. I did a great job with my resume and cover letter, I just always had a hard time with the interview. I would always get so nervous, it seemed like I wasn’t ready for a competitive job yet.

    Finally, I just told myself that I had to be confident, and make it seem as if I had had a job before, and that I was experienced and mature. I am now working at a glasses store that I never would have thought I would be interested in, but it is nice to be constantly interacting with different kinds of people, which really prepares me for what I want to do- I want to be a teacher and coach basketball. I believe that I can help younger girls connect with other girls of all different ethnicities and races (I am Hispanic, and I know the importance of bringing people together) through basketball. I really appreciated this article.
    Thank you,
    Jessica Fender

  • I have volunteered at a hospital for some school requirements and ended up liking it. I was able to interact with people of different background and culture. It made me understand why people sometimes have different opinions for a particular matter. I was also able to understand the struggle that people are going through every single day in other to take care of their families.

  • I am currently in search for a job to help with my college expenses. However, since I have no previous employment my lack of knowledge with the job process has hindered me. After reading this article I have learned many important tips that will assist me in my job search. The information provided will help me to review my resume to make sure that it is clear and simple. This article also have taught me the importance of a cover letter and successful interviewing skills. Anyone who follow these steps while searching for a job have a high chance of success.

  • I found the article to be informative. As a junior at Towson University, I realized that my job search should begin now. I don’t even know yet what I want to specialize in. I have not even thought about which company I want to work for. I thought showing your desperateness for the job might get the job. After reading this article, I realized that my thinking was flawed. I need to focus on what I can do for the company not what the company is going to do for me. In addition, I did not know about the importance of Thank-you notes or emails. I have never taken a job interview yet. I will make sure that the employer remembers me by sending a Thank-you note as well as giving a terrific interview. Furthermore, the things to be done before the interview was informative too. Sometimes those small things slip out of your mid but little things are indeed the big things. Moreover, I enjoyed how you urged the interviewee to be honest. Most of the people tell that exaggerating your accomplishments help. I found that to be wrong. I want to be specific about my accomplishments or credentials but I don’t want to lie about what I can do. The author also highlighted the importance of internships. They do increase the chance of getting hired. It shows that the interviewee is genuinely interested in working. Finally, I was unaware of the significance of blog. Thinking about it now, personal blog does help others to know you. In an interview one is marketing himself/herself in a short time. Blogging does the same thing. We express our ideas and our beliefs that makes up who we are.
    I found the tips in the article to be practical. I’m definitely going to be visit this website again to hone my interview skills.

  • Reading this was very helpful and informative. I can relate to the writer in many ways. You see I got married at a very young age and became a mom for the first time at the age of 17. For the first five years of my son’s life, I was a stay at home mom, but after having my second child I decided it was time for my to being working towards the goals I had set for myself years before bvecoming a mom. In 2012 I reached my goal by completing my AA. Just like the the writer of this article, after completing my degree it took almost a year before I received employment in a place that was much desired. The wait was long and depressing. But after some persistence, I was able to land the job I wanted. As of today, I am continuing my education by working towards my bachelors degree in psychology; this time around, I will have better knowledge of what steps to take when seeking employment.

  • Very informative article, will definetly implement all the suggestions and strategies, especially in regards to resume. cover letter, and interview preparation.
    Also will seriously begin work on internships to give me an edge and a broader appreciation for the positions I will seek post secondary education.
    Goal setting is essential as well and this article highlights the imporatnce of setting goals and charting a specific course, thanks for such a great read

  • After reading Know yourself and follow your Bliss I found it very informative and useful in the real world of successful job search. Personally, I have not had many obstacles in finding a job, I have a job as a file clerk at home at an OB/GYN office and after the first semester of school at the University of Arizona I decided to get a job at a food place called Fuel on campus. Neither of those jobs came with many obstacles to overcome however I found this specific article to be very helpful.
    This article focused on choosing a job based on a love for the occupation rather than just for the money the job comes with. This is so important to remember in my generation I feel especially because people go to school to find the job that makes the most money but do not actually pick a field they enjoy. It is hard to remember this concept sometimes because life is so expensive and we all worry so much about buying anything and everything. The other reason I hear my fellow students talk about is they are in school for a specific field because their parents say it is best, this is another big saying I hear and also should not be a reason one picks a specific job. However, this article puts a big focus on using the special skills we all have and putting them to use with something we find passion in. It is essential to pick a field or occupation that not only uses the skills you possess but also to make sure if it something you’re passionate in.
    I found this article’s advice to be interesting and a good reminder as a college student trying to make it through the difficult years of school. Keeping in mind my skills when I feel stressed and low and also studying a field I love to keep me motivated to make it to the finish line.

  • It is good to know that some one has shared there personal life experiences and struggle with job searches after graduating from college. There are many factors that can lead people to believe that the degree they chose may have not been the right one without even able to start the job. Finding some re-assurances to sticking with your dream and going out and finding that job is a positive experience and glad the author took the time to inform users about it.

  • The information on this website has been greatly used. i got my first job off of the information given on here. this has also helped me become more of an adult. it showed me how the “real world” is going to be and the best way to get prepared for it. this website should be used widely in schools because kids want to look at the information themselves. they do not want teachers just telling them over and over again about things they do not think will help them. if they see it from their eyes they will want to be proactive about it and take on more responsibility.

  • I just wanted to comment on the Networking lesson. First of all, it’s spot-on advice that we should all print out and post on our walls, seriously. I myself always felt like networking was a little shallow and self-serving. It seemed like I would be using people to find a job. However, this is not the case. If you are genuine, networking really just becomes talking and getting to know people. Also, the people you talk to are usually looking for someone to fulfill this job, so they are happy to talk to someone about it. From my experience, if you are truly listening and engaging in conversation with a potential future employer, it is an easy and enjoyable experience.

    Information interviews are very helpful as well. Don’t be afraid to go out and ask for information (how else are we supposed to learn?). For example, in the past couple of months I have been contacting various organizations in my hometown that I was interested in learning more about and possibly interning for. Sure, I only got positive responses from a small percentage of them, but it was from that small percentage that I found an internship really close to home that I love! Employers are usually happy that you have taken initiative and are willing to ask questions. So, don’t feel bad if someone doesn’t contact you back, just keep re-sending the email (like, every two weeks or so). Most people appreciate the persistence. I can speak from experience that this actually works, so don’t be afraid to try.

  • In college, I’ve been visiting the career center often so that I can hone my resume, cover letter, and interviewing skills. Your resume and/or cover letter is a company’s first impression of you so you want to make sure you’ve expressed your skills and interest in a unique way so that it grabs their attention. Once you land an interview, you need to have great communication skills. There is so much competition for jobs out there so you have to brag about yourself. Most importantly, you have to tell the recruiter what you can do to help them and how you will contribute to their company. Not everyone is going to have a stellar resume, work experience, outstanding community service and extracurricular activities, so you have to work with what you have. In each activity I have participated in, I have learned a skill that will help me be a better employee in the workplace. For example, I haven’t had much work experience outside of summer jobs in high school. Once year, I worked for the highway and conservation department – basically picking up trash and cleaning and maintaining streets and highways. Not a very glamorous job and not related to investment management at all. However, that summer, I was assigned leader of a group of 10 young men. From this experience, I developed leadership and motivational skills. I also learned about the value of teamwork and working with others to accomplish a goal. These are all valuable qualities that I can utilize and apply in any employment position.

    Additionally, you need to take initiative. I went to a college fair and met with representatives from Northwestern Mutual. I handed them my polished resume and attended one of their informational sessions. They liked me and asked me to interview for them. I did, and they invited me back for a second interview which will be next week. My advice regarding interviews is to prepare, prepare, prepare. Think about questions they might ask and how you will respond to them, especially how you will utilize the skills you’ve acquired in this specific position. Do mock interviews with your family or friends. Practice in front of a mirror. Record your voice. Fortunately, I have had several interviewing experiences so I feel confident about this one. But it wasn’t always like that. Sometimes I bombed the interview because I was too nervous or didn’t prepare thoroughly enough. Practice makes perfect, and interviewing does get easier the more times you do it. While I am getting more comfortable doing one-on-one interviews, panel interviews can be intimidating. But I won’t be discouraged.

    Looking for a job has been a good introduction to the real world. Life is not always fair, and it can be tough. I have sent in cover letters and later received rejection letters. I have submitted resumes and have not gotten called back for an interview. But I refuse to give up. The lesson I have learned is that even though I have had unsuccessful job hunting experiences, I can grow from them by learning from my mistakes. By correcting and changing my mistakes, I can continuously get better and better each time. I like to think of this period in my life as “in training”. Nothing is a waste of time. I am confident and look forward to the day when I find the job that was meant for me.

  • The tips on improving you’re resume were by far the most helpful section of this article. Building a good resume is difficult especially if you don’t have that many things related to your field to bulk it up. They gave good tips on how to make yourself look impressive. I recommended this to some of my friends with the career fair coming up we need all the help we can get.

  • This web page is truly helpful and very resourceful. As a current college student is important to get plenty of information and help when it comes to work related things. As students we don’t get plenty of experience and we are easy scared when we are confronted with a job interview and how to behave in one. Therefore, I truly believe this particular site is helpful. I think the interview section of the page is the most helpful, due to the amount of stress an interview can produce. Several of the steps I consider extremely important, you obviously use all to have a successful interview, but in my opinion these are the ones I find more important: doing a research on the company, truly knowing why you want to work there, knowing you strengths and weaknesses, speak professionally, and make an impression.

  • I have twelve years experience in mailroom operations, shipping and receiving, and logistics.