Part of being an adult is maintaining a job and generating a source of income. At one point in your life, you will find yourself looking for a job. Many factors can spark this search; for instance, you might be at a job; that you dread. The environment feels toxic. You do not see any growth; you feel like you are stuck in the same place you started. Alternately you are let go because your services are no longer needed. These factors can lead you to your job search.
Since I was 14 years old, I have been working. I was blessed to have programs like summer youth to provide me with my first employment. I was hooked, working my first job. I felt independent. When wintertime arrived, I contemplated, "how can I keep this money train alive. " I researched places that were willing to hire 14-year-olds with no experience. Clothing stores were out of the question. Fast food was not taking a chance. Working with kids in an after-school or daycare was a no-no. In 1998 Google was not around, so I made phone calls and asked each establishment if they were hiring. A few days later, I find out the only requirements for working in a library; was to have your working paper. I called every library to see which location was hiring. To my luck, a library not too far from my house was hiring. Before my interview, I researched everything I needed to know about working in a library. My interview went well. What worked in my favor was my confidence and willingness to learn and grow.
Here are some helpful tips when job Searching and Interviewing
1.Before you begin your job search identify what you are looking for? What field do you want to work in?
2.What interests you? Things that interest you would motivate you.
3. What do you have to offer? (what can you bring to the organization?) Knowing your worth.
4.Research Job requirements to see if the requirements interest you. Are you willing to do everything that is required?
5.The culture and environment are imperative; this will be your home away from home. You will spend a lot of time here; you need to like it.
6.Do not be desperate; desperation will make you take a bad offer and close a good door.
7. Your resume must represent you. Think of your resume as a commercial on paper.
8. Be prepared to answer this question "Tell me about yourself? In other words, what skills can you bring to my organization?
9. What is your salary range?
10. Always remember when you are interviewing for a job; be honest, genuine, and research the organization. Know it like it's the back of your hand.
Last but not least, don't get discouraged about how many times you get knocked down. Get up and come back stronger! Remember you got this.