Money talks, you know the saying. Unfortunately, some people have what I call mute money (Yes, I just coined a phrase). In America, we believe in the power of the dollar bill. It’s nearly impossible to enjoy living in the land of the free when your bank account is more empty than a strip club on Easter morning. The common fix to your money woes: get a job.
I’d like to start off by saying that I am, by no means, a career development expert or anything of the sort so I suggest that you take the following advice with a grain of salt. However, I’ve had more job offers than I can count in my 25 years of living so I know a little about what it takes to get up get out and get paid! Here are some tips to help you in your job hunting escapades.
It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know. Yes, this advice is cliche, but when it comes to the job hunting process this phrase has never been more true. In order to get some job prospects, you need to utilize your circle of contacts. Talk to family, coworkers, or even hit up your
myspacefriends to get the scoop on possible job leads. More than half of the jobs I’ve had was a result of me knowing the right person. After all, people hire who they like. So if you know someone who is in a good relationship with the person in charge of hiring, there’s a good chance you can get your foot in the door.
Create Multiple Resumes. You need to have several resumes that you can use for different types of jobs. For example, if you are applying for retail jobs then your resume should stress your customer service and communication skills. Or if you’re applying for an administrative job, you need to be stressing your Microsoft Office proficiency. The hiring manager at Macy’s doesn’t care that you know how to code. They want to know if you can talk to people and fold shirts! Also, contrary to popular belief, having a college degree can actually hurt your job opportunities. An employer would often rather higher someone with less of an education and pay them less than hire someone overqualified and pay them more. If you know for sure that the job you’re applying for doesn’t require a Bachelor’s degree in business administration, then it may help you to leave the degree off of the resume.
Meet the Hiring Manager in Person. When you apply online, you literally become a faceless name in a sea of desperate job applicants. Do you really think your 3.5 GPA in community college will set you apart? I didn’t think so. In order to get ahead of the competition, you need to be opening doors and shaking hands. Never let the first thing out of your mouth be “Are you all hiring”? Trust me, this hardly ever works! Always be sure to greet the first person you come into contact with a radiant smile and positive energy. Build rapport with this person and work your way into asking about a job. Once I’ve got the conversation flowing, I always like to ask “is the store/office manager available?” By being specific about seeing the big boss, you are going straight to the person in charge of your possible employment. If you’re lucky, the person you just warmly greeted is actually in charge of hiring! Once I’m in front of the person I need to speak to, I say something along the lines of “I like the environment here and I’m hoping I could help you out. I was wondering if you had any opportunities available?” Based on the response you get, you’ll know where to go from there. If you’ve already applied online, simply tell them your name with a smile, let them know that you hope to hear back from them and that you look forward to adding value to the business by becoming a part of the team. How you decide to word this is up to you. The main point to remember here is to make sure you are creating a positive vibe with your potential employer and putting a face to a name. Remember, people hire who they like!
That’s all for now. I have many other tips to offer but I would hate for the advice to fall on deaf ears. If you’d like to know more, comment below and I will not hesitate to write a part 2! Happy job hunting!!