Before I attempt to kick this off, I just want to say that this thread is open for any suggestions that other people might have. What works for you? What doesn't? I'm going off of my own experiences and I think that yours can help as well. I live in the United States, so I'm not sure how well this will apply to other countries, but you're more than welcome to post what works in your area as well!
I know some people that have been searching and searching for a new, better job. I also know that there are some people in Achaea
that are working dead-end jobs with no idea how or no luck in getting out of them. I have never had an interview that was not followed by a job offer and there are a few reasons that I attribute to that personal statistic.
The search:Quite possibly the biggest question you should ask yourself is "do I enjoy the type of work that I have the most experience with?"
If you do, great! Keep trying to find jobs like that in your area.
If not, consider the following.
- Consider the jobs in your area. Do you have a lot of retail stores? Do you have more factories? Which industry will allow you the greatest chance of advancement either by staying in the same company or through company-hopping?
- Consider going to a temp agency. Despite their reputations in the media, they are possibly the fastest and easiest way to find a source of steady work and often are gateways to permanent positions within a company. They do staffing for all sorts of industries, not just manufacturing.
One tip when dealing with staffing agents though: don't let them push you into a job you don't feel comfortable with. You are free to tell them no. Their main motive is to get you working so that they can get paid. They will keep searching for a job until you are placed. Different staffing agencies have different rules though. Some may require you to call them once a day or week while some don't require you to call at all. Manpower is a great agency and they are country-wide.
- I don't know about other states, but Michigan has MiWorks!. It's a place that will help you to build a resume and look for work. We also have an online talent bank where you can post your resume and search for jobs.
- Build several resumes. Try to include the most relevant information for the jobs in any particular industry.
This one is contested, really. Lachlan (a manager) says to include all information and be detailed, while I and the stupid college course I had to take says to include relevant information. The reason for the latter is that employers have to look through a ton of applications and having information relating to the field will make it easier to pick yours out.
- Don't fret if you get placed into an entry-level position. You can still try to find new jobs, and oftentimes, it's easier to find a new one while you have one because you're not stressing. Coupled with the stress, entry-level jobs are designed to give you experience in a field which can lead to better opportunities in the future.
Application & Interview process:
- Filling out an application.
-Don't be afraid of the 'experience required' line in the postings. APPLY ANYWAYS. ->They might have an
else for you.
-Do some research on the company with which you are applying for employment.
-Be thorough, do not leave any empty spaces. If there is are questions that require a few sentences, use a few sentences.
If it only gives space for a single sentence, say something relating to the industry.
For example, "Why do you want to work here?" "I have always been interested in <industry type> and would relish
the opportunity to work with your company to learn more about it while also being a productive employee."
^Something along those lines.
-Intelligence and thoroughness are valued traits.
-If it's a paper application, fill it out at the building or bring it back on the same day.
-They say 'dress for the job you want', but if you go into a factory expecting to get a machine operator position, nice jeans
and a button-down shirt will work just as well as a suit (I would know! I don't own a suit anymore.)
-If you can afford it, get a professional haircut from a salon and be picky. If you can't afford a salon, go to the next most
reputable place in your area that you can afford (don't go to Borics, ever. The $9 haircuts aren't worth the massacre).
I go to a salon that charges me $17. That's really not that bad. My girlfriend pays much more than that though, so it's
really a 'what kind of haircut do you require' kind of thing.
-Shower and groom your facial hair (if applicable) and trim your nose hair.
-Don't wear cologne. Perfume for ladies is fine. The risk you run with cologne is putting too much on. It's better to not smell
at all than risk smelling like someone just broke a bottle of it over your head. You never know the size of the room in which
you will be interviewing, which plays a big factor in how cologne is received. Do wear deodorant though.
- Charisma (confidence).
-Come prepared. Having done some research, you can better answer certain questions.
Bring your own pen- black or blue ink only.
-Do not seem desperate.
-Look the interviewer in the eyes.
-Stand or sit up straight and don't hunch your shoulders. If you sit with your back against the chair, do not slouch.
Turn your body in the general direction of the person speaking (especially if interviewing with more than 1 person.)
-If sitting, fold your hands in your lap. Do not fidget or bounce your leg- it shows impatience.
-Thank the interviewer for taking the time to look at and consider your application/resume.
-Speak clearly, as if you know exactly what you're talking about and try to relate to some of your previous experience.
Interviewer: "I see that you do not have any factory experience, what makes you think you would be cut out for this
kind of work?" "Well, you are correct, however I believe that some of my previous experience will apply .
I have had to meet strict deadlines in <previous industry> well as work with other employees
to complete daily goals. yada yada yada" (Don't actually say yada yada yada, I will kick you if you do.)
You can always find some part of your past work history that will apply to any future jobs, in some cases,
though, you might have to dig a little deeper.
-Don't use filler words/sounds such as "um", "uh", or "like"
Bad: "I like, haven't had a job in like, a year."
Better: "It's been some time since I had a steady source of income."
-Learn how to give a proper handshake.
- In fact, the handshake gets is own category.
-This one simple gesture says a lot about a person. If you have a weak grip or a limp arm (while in otherwise perfect health),
it's a bit off-putting on a subconscious level. Don't hold it too long and don't let go early.
-For me, this can make-or-break just meeting someone on a more professional level. If they try to crush my hand, I think
that they are a combative person. If they let go too early, it makes me think that they just don't care, etc.
- Ending the interview.
-Thank the interviewer for the opportunity to interview with him/her
-Wish the interviewer well. "Have a wonderful day!"
-Smile at each person as you leave.
-Walk with purpose and do not look back unless you are being called back into the office.
-Wish the receptionist (if applicable) well.
- Do not call the following day. Wait a few days and if you still have not heard back, THEN call the person with whom you interviewed.
- Be patient. My background check took 2 weeks to come through.
- Continue searching for a new job.
I know that this thread may end up being completely pointless, but because I got a new, better job doing something I enjoy, I thought I'd share some of the things that have helped me throughout my adult life when it comes to jobs to try and help some of the people who are stuck in a rut.