Thursday, January 31, 2013

Jobs Applications....Womp womp.

Happy Monday. J

I don’t know about you, but I’m super feels like we’re a few months into the semester but it’s only been a few weeks! I’m usually pretty good with handling a new semester, but the added stress of applying for a work term seems to be taking its toll. If you’re applying for summer jobs, you know what I’m talking about. L

Now, we could handle this in one of two ways:

1. Turn into caffeine-crazed drama queens with no hope for the future and a conviction that everything will crash and burn and omgwhat’shappening mylifeisover.

...That escalated quickly.

2. Actually try. Try really really hard to get a job.

Step 2 is obviously the more logical (and sane) path to take. However, it can be quite a journey to take.

Look back at my last blog post to learn the important first step of job applications: properly targeting your resume and cover letter. Make sure your applications blow the employers away!

Then comes the next step: acing the interview. I’ve spoken about that in a previous blog post as well!

The last step is the best one: tasting the sweet, sweet victory of landing a job.

But (there’s always a ‘but’, eh?), your journey doesn’t end just because you’re employed! Here are a couple of tips for success on your first day:
-          Be early! Since it’s your first day, it’ll take you a bit of time to settle in, and you’ll want that leeway time.
-          If you’re torn between going formal or casual, go formal. It’s better to be in dress pants when everyone else is wearing jeans, than to have the opposite situation.
-          Listen and observe. Make sure you get a deep context of the situation before you speak up and suggest changes. You will learn about the environment and about the people you will be working with.

For a few more tips, check out our Professionalism on theJob tipsheet!
Bye for now,

1 comment:

career guide said...

Well, thanks for sharing your tips but I agree with you it is really hard to find a job. Thanks for sharing.