We have been going through a series on career advice addressing “A Veterans approach to a job search”. As we review the below list we see that we have completed most of the steps that we have control over. But it is at this step that many job seekers stall in their search.
- Identify skills, education and experience.
- Decide what you are qualified to do.
- Prepare Resume.
- Continue education if necessary.
- Plan your work- work your plan.
- Network with everyone.
- Use all resources.
- Dress to impress.
- Stay motivated, motivate others.
- Volunteer or get a part time job.
I have a daughter that will turn 16 next month….down boys! At only 15 years old she decided she would like a job in order to have her own money as her father is very cheap. She began by making a list of places she would like to work. She gathered business names from the local community and of all places… the phone book. She decided she wanted to work at a boutique shop selling clothes or at a café, not a fast food restaurant because she wanted to work somewhere “cute”. She began calling businesses (networking). In less than a month, she had turned in several resumes and had three interviews when she landed her first job! Later, that week I was instructed to pick up her work permit form from a café and when I met the Boss, she told me she hired her because she was persistent. She came to the interview prepared, with a pen “nobody ever has a pen and she did not give up until I said yes”; she said.
Why did I tell you this story? Because it was her follow-up that landed the job. She made it so easy for the owner to hire her; she felt she had to give her a shot. The owner needed someone and she now has a very motivated hostess welcoming her patrons to her café. Of course I get to drive her and get nothing for it, but she has a job she is proud of.
Remember, “No one cares about your career like you do”. Follow up in a timely manner and with purpose is critical! Here are some methods and tools to use…
Please share your success stories or what works for you with the rest of us.