“From April to July 2013, the number of employed youth 16 to 24 years old increased by 2.1 million”, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in August 2013.
JOB SEARCH TIPS
Make a plan.
- Write down a list of every possible place you might want to work. Think about how you will get to your job.
- Narrow your large list of job possibilities to your top ten.
- Even if you’re just stopping by to pick up an application, it’s important to make a good first impression. The person you approach could be the owner or manager of the business.
- Your clothing should be clean and free of stains, rips, or tears.
Apply in person.
- Applying online is convenient, but it’s difficult to stand out from the crowd.
- You should apply in person EVEN IF you applied online.
- Ask to speak to the hiring manager.
- Make eye contact, smile, and greet the manager with a confident handshake as you introduce yourself.
- Stop by in person once you’ve completed it. Let the manager know you applied online and would like to confirm receipt of your application.
Bring all necessary information.
- Driver’s license and social security numbers/Green Card Information
- 3 References — teachers, coaches, and parents of your long-time friends make great references. Be sure and ask in advance if you may use them and bring their addresses and phone numbers with you.
Don’t give up!
It’s easy to feel discouraged when you don’t receive a job offer right away. But persistence pays off when it comes to job hunting. If you haven’t found a job within the first month using your initial list, make a new one. Include businesses that are further from home and companies you hadn’t considered before.
Interview Question: Tell me about yourself?