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Jul 17

The Employment World – Open Arms Or Backs Turned?

If you are currently searching for a job – and we’re assuming you are, given that you’ve read this far! – you likely are feeling a variety of emotions. Excited, nervous, overwhelmed…these are all common emotions when we’re on the job market. The more you know about strategies that work, the better of a position you’ll be in.

A good finance tip if you’re self-employed is to always think about the future and plan ahead of time. It’s easy to get caught up in the here and now, thinking about only the money you can make now, but it’s even more important to keep revenue coming in down the road.

When looking for a job try to find one that fits your personality type. For example, if you are shy and like working on projects alone, a job that requires you to be part of, and contribute to a larger team may be a bad choice. Carefully assess who you are, and find a job that fits that perfectly.

If you are between jobs, make the most of this time. Instead of allowing yourself to fee; bored and distressed, take the initiative to become more productive. For example, you might volunteer with a local adult literacy program, teach senior citizens about Medicare coverage or lead workshops at a center for small businesses. You will gain valuable experience, preserve your sanity and possibly expand your network.

When you are applying for a job, make sure that the job will make you happy. Often you will become so concerned with the amount of money the job pays, that you will disregard the quality of life that it will bring you. Always balance the monetary and practical benefits of a job.

Before you go for your interview, do some research on the hiring company, about their line of business and their sales. Letting your interviewer know that you have done some research will show him your initiative in finding information and getting results. These are good characteristics of a dependable and resourceful employee that companies value.

If you have a tough interview coming up, engage in at least one practice interview with someone who you respect. This can be with a teacher or a member of your family, so that you can prepare for the pressure of the actual interview. This will help to alleviate stress on the big day.

Make certain that you bring a list of your references with you on the day of the interview if you did not already list them on your resume. This list will help the interviewer get an idea of the person you are, as your references should include names and telephone numbers for follow-up.

Don’t be hesitant to give your cellphone number rather than your landline to prospective employers. This will allow you to receive calls from potential employers right away. Using your cell phone number allows you more options than a home phone.

As important as punctuality in the workplace is, it is no wonder there is an article about it. Try to motivate punctuality, and punish lateness and no-shows without being overbearing. Creating an environment where people actually are excited to come to work may be the first step in creating this behavior.