The job market for the part-time worker is nearly unbearable these days because of the recession and employment rates. Job requirements (because of the scarcity of employment positions) have been inflated to unheard of heights, even for the most menial of tasks.
Most college students qualify for a variety of minimum wage positions but are stuck competing with older, more experienced applicants.
When applying for a job with a potential employer, college students need to stand out from the rest of the crowd to compete.
As such, the primary goal is to make a good first impression. Use all available resources to achieve recognition.
Considering the current state of the economy, part-time positions are not easy to obtain. As a result, students looking for a part-time position are likely in a state of uncertainty regarding overall financial stability.
To the unemployed, pounding the pavement day after day in search of a job may sound hopeless, though much can be done to help expedite the process. When looking for a position with a potential employer, some steps can be taken to ensure that you stand out as a strong candidate.
* Having a typed, one-page, professional-looking resume will help solidify you as a viable applicant. Go to any public library and check out a Resumes for Dummies book or something similar. Even if you are looking for your first job, you have skills that would prove beneficial to a company and should be presented in your resume.
* Whether dropping off your resume or attending an interview, dress professionally. No ripped jeans, no clothing with offensive messages, no excessive cleavage, tattoos should be covered up, and facial jewelry should be removed. It’s not necessarily required to wear a suit and tie, although you certainly could not go wrong if you were to “suit up” for such an occasion.
* When you are meeting a potential employer, be polite and be respectful to the employees you contact. Be friendly but draw a line. You aren’t there to chat; you aren’t there to be casual. Be professional. Your goal is to ensure that any prospective employer feels secure with the thought of you representing their company.
* Be enthusiastic about the company. Wherever you are applying, be excited—a possible employer will be expecting this.
* Sometimes it’s not about what you know, but who you know. Those close to you can be an excellent resource. Word-of-mouth information is a great way to become aware of job opening.
After applying and interviewing for a job, you will benefit from returning with a thank you note for your interviewer. This helps solidify a good impression. Keep it short, polite and to the point. Simply thank the person for taking time to talk with you.
According to Businessnewsdaily.com, 75 percent of interviewers said a thank you note impacts their final decision when hiring.
The importance of standing out from the other applicants cannot be overstated—it’s absolutely crucial. Another face in the crowd is unlikely to be picked out from the rest; if you really want to secure a job be memorable.
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