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Tips for getting a job

I am planning to apply for summer jobs so I thought I’d share my tips for getting a job. Start by making a resume, you can use templates available on Microsoft word and Google docs. If you have trouble filling it out, then that means you need to build up your work experiences with volunteering at places that interest you. Look up volunteering at a preschool, daycare, public library, homeless shelter and etc. Showing that you volunteer every summer can show commitment, devotion, and interest in a field. After some volunteer experiences, you can start looking up internships. Start looking for internship programs where you can get your foot in the door.

I’ve volunteered at a preschool a few times because it was during summer and it allowed me to spend time with my little brother. I’ve also volunteered at the Public Library in my hometown because I spent majority of my time there during the summer. All of my internships came from school, in high school I was in a business pathway which was like a pre-business program and that’s where I got where my internships from. In college, I found an internship class and made it fit it in my schedule. There are plenty of opportunities, you just have to pursue your passion. All of my internships revolved around my passion for business and I found internships in different aspects of business.

All of my experiences helped get me my first job. Don’t get discouraged if it takes you a while to get a job. From my experience, it’s really how you talk during an interview. If you seem really interested and excited to work AND your schedule fits you’ll get the job! You just have to be confident and hold your head high. Everyone has to start somewhere, just think of where you want to be in the future and keep working until you get there. It took me a while to get my first “actual” job because of my college class schedule. Employers would tell me they wanted to hire me, but my school schedule was too much. Once you get to college, take advantage of ON-CAMPUS JOBS. On-campus jobs work around your school schedule, teach you office skills and can give you good references. I’ve had a few on-campus jobs and although some of them aren’t the best jobs they do work with your schedule and some of them have more benefits than others. I know that some places actually help pay for your textbooks and work uniform. A few places even offer to help pay for college now like McDonald’s.

During my second year of college I was advised to make a LinkedIn account. I haven’t really found it to be all that useful honestly. I mean I have gotten an interview through applying to a job on the website, but nothing else. I haven’t connected with anyone. I haven’t figured it out yet since I currently do have a job. I plan to look into more this summer and I’ll be sure to share with you guys what I learn.

I’ll also say this your first few jobs might not be ideal, but it can be valuable. You can make friends, gain references, skills, and a step in the right direction. Enjoy learning, meeting people and working to provide for yourself. At least you can say you are independent and when you get to pay day you definitely feel a little bit better about your job. I have found my jobs through job postings on websites like indeed.com, linkedin.com and the employment office in my town.

How hard was it to get your first job?

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2 Comments

  • Janita

    It wasn’t very difficult for me to get my first job as a teenager! I used to house sit for a guy when he was out of town, when I applied for my first job at a local restaurant it turns out the manager and the guy I house sat for were good friends so he gave me a good reference! I agree volunteering helps a lot! Maybe a post on how to set up a resume??

    • DeannaSStilwell

      Ooo that’s so cool! Connections always help. Tips on utilizing LinkedIn is in the works and how to set up a resume as well.

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