Thursday, 20 May 2010 10:52
Thinking about getting a job this summer so you’ll have some extra money for college, a car or fun? While there’s a lot of competition for the jobs that are available, there are several things you can do to improve your chances of landing a job.
Prepare a resume. A resume is a document that includes information about you, such as where you go to school, previous jobs you’ve held, and your interests. Even if the job doesn’t require a resume, having one makes you appear to be more serious and responsible to a prospective employer.
Appearances count. First impressions are very important, and while it may sound unfair, personal appearance has a big impact on whether you’ll get hired. Sloppy clothes and hair suggest that you really aren’t interested in the job or won’t be a responsible employee. So dress well, even if the job doesn’t require it.
Shake hands. Many businesspeople judge applicants by the way they shake hands. So shake their hands firmly while looking them in the eyes.
Plan for interviews. Whether an interview lasts five minutes or an hour, most people make up their minds within the first couple of minutes. That’s why it’s important to answer confidently. Many interviewers begin by saying, “Tell me about yourself,” so practice an answer to that question.
Keep at it. Most teens will hear “no” plenty of times before they hear “yes,” so try not to get discouraged. The more places you apply, the more likely you’ll land a job.
Are you planning on getting a summer job? Were these tips helpful?
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