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Uh oh, No more allowance from the parentals.
No more having someone else pay your phone bill.
Now it’s time to get your first JOB.
Getting your first job can be an exciting new adventure. It can also be scary if you don’t know what you’re doing. My first job was at Taco Bell when I was 14. Honestly I didn’t have to interview or anything cause at the time my mom was a manager at a different location so she just brought me in. My next job which was Wendy’s (I think) I did have to interview. All I remember is being nervous but I did get the job. A lot of nervousness usually comes from either being unprepared or lack of knowledge. To help I’ve come up with my own list of things to do if you want to get a job
- Have a resume: Even if you’ve never had a job you should have a resume. To combat not having work experience list any of your after school activities or volunteer work. If you’re in school it of course will be easy to explain your lack of “work history”
- Be prepared to account for any large gaps in employment: Always have something to do. Hiring managers want to know you’re not just waiting on someone to tell you what to do.
- Dress for an interview when you go to get the application: You never know when a hiring manager will be able to do an on the spot interview. I learned this on my 22nd birthday(I think) when I was in a clothing store and I randomly filled out an application. Before I knew it I was having a conversation with the district manager about the job and got a call a week later to start
- Dress appropriately: When in doubt go business casual. A nice pair of slacks and a nice top. Not too fancy but a little fancier that your normal everyday wear. I remember interviewing for a management position and it was a group interview. I went in with my hair pulled back, minimum makeup with some slacks and a button down top. The other young lady wore jeans and a hoodie with this HORRIBLE bright pink eyeshadow. Basically when it comes to dressing for an interview less is more. You want the focus to be you not something you have on.
- Be Confident: If you are applying for a job then you should have some belief that you can actually do that job. One question you will get 99.9% of the time is “Why should I hire you?”. This is your time to display who you are and how you will benefit that employer. So Smile, Be 100% sure of what you are saying. Don’t rush to answer a question, it’s okay to take a minute to think
It is my hope that the information listed above will help you when going for your first job. While I can’t guarantee you’re going to land the exact job you want, I can say that you will at least give yourself a leg up by using my tips listed above.
What tips do you have for someone applying for their first job?
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