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Increase your chances of getting hired by making very few blunders. Below is a list of things I have done wrong in my job search plus job hunting pointers.

My job hunt mistakes: 
1. Not dressing the best I could for appointment at fast-food joint in 1994 
• Arrived wearing a Polo shirt and shorts instead of a suit, tie and dress shoes.
• Walked much of the way there in hot weather.

2. Not doing research for teacher assistant position in 2001/2002

• Couldn't tell the recruiters what I knew about them.
• Thought it wouldn't be necessary to do research on a school district.

3. Not being flexible enough as a temp

• Didn't make myself available for light industrial assignments when registering with temp agency in 2000.
• Didn't accept that type of assignment a few years later.
• Severed ties with me in 2005 for never working for them. 
• Upset main recruiter for another temp agency for not accepting assignment at a place that was on a bus line in 2006.
• Didn't want to work at 7:00 AM even though buses ran then.

4. Neglecting to follow up after hotel job interview in 2006/2007

•  Didn't follow up due to not being totally enthused about position. 
 
Job hunt tips:
1. Being a team player 
When working on a team at an assignment, only take a lunch break when the rest of your team does it.

2. Work site possibly being harder/taking longer to find than you think or you go in the wrong direction initially

• Top recommendation is to make practice trip to the place of your job interview, temp assignment or focus group study at least one day in advance.
• You can add extra 30 - 60 minutes to your commute on the big day as solid plan B. 
• It's critical to follow either of these suggestions no matter how good you think the directions to the location you've been given are. If you haven't been to the place, you just cannot assume anything.

3. Remaining on the radar

• Keep temp agencies posted on your work availability weekly.

4. Being on time and maintaining good hygiene 

• Don't arrive to interview or work reeking from tobacco use.
• Don't travel lengthy distance by foot or bicycle in hot weather - take bus or drive instead. 

5. Maintaining proper protocol at work

• Follow rules and respect everyone. 
• Don't go above your immediate supervisor if something must be reported. 

6. Making good impression at interview

• Don't arrive with backpack/gym bag.
• Don't talk over interviewer/recruiter. 

7. Input on video above: The featured interviewee characters made dumb blunders. 

• The blunders include: not dressing well, showing up late, not listening, having a bad attitude, etc.
Don't act like you know it all or that your competition is inferior. 
Instead, show you're humble, willing to learn and have flaws to correct.

8. Saving time on your dummy run

• If you have a buddy who will work a new temp assignment with you or you have a buddy/relative willing to help you find the location of your upcoming interview or focus group study, you can make your dummy run easier by having this person accompany you. 
• Assuming you both have a cell phone, this is what you should do upon driving up to or getting off the bus in the area: split up and once one of you discovers you're going the right way, call your buddy and inform him/her of it.  

9. Not getting filtered out by recruiters' application software
If your resume isn't designed the right way, it could be filtered out by an inhuman system. Ways to evade this include: 1) using a strong, common font such as Times New Roman or Courier for all resume/cover letter content & 2) making sure your cover letter and resume contain keywords pertaining to the help-wanted ad you're responding to.

10. Winging it at interviews
• Know how to wing it when given an unexpected question.
• Being cognizant of your entire range of related experience, skills and training combined with confidence in expressing this should help you handle any question.

Stop! If you leave now, you'll regret it as your job search or the position-finding hunt of your teen continues to flounder. 
• The job hunting e-book and CD I sell through the payment button on the right are solid alternatives to PDF and Kindle books - the e-book I wrote and link to at the top of each page comes in Kindle format.
• If you buy my e-book on how to find a job directly from me, you'll have 7 days to express displeasure with your purchase for a refund.
• If you buy my CD, you'll have 60 postal days to return it in mint condition for a refund and shipping fee reimbursement. Shipping is free and starts within 1 postal day.
• At my discretion, you're eligible for a 25 % rebate if you don't seek a refund for dissatisfaction by the expiration date.
I link to job hunting books at the top and on the left. Please explore all of them before making your purchase decision.
• As a female looking for work, you can enhance your business wardrobe by investing in the special blazer, dress shirt and formal pants I link to above.
• Invest in the resources I provide on the right and above to get all the tools you need to get a step ahead of your job market competitors while you still can.

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The labor market is fluctuating, unpromising and unforgiving. If you make too many mistakes in your hunt for a position, it can hurt your career prospects for a long time. I'm still paying the price for my mistakes. My future could be at stake.

I have many years of cumulative part-time work experience and I have had plenty of interviews. I have made mistakes at the office or at interviews I wish I could go back in time to undo. As I am looking out for you, my goal is to help you become and stay employed.

How can you avoid making it harder to find or keep a job? Things to do or not do are discussed on homepage

New Career Development Advice


I discuss many ways to not blow your job search on the home page. You can frequently find updated information on managing your career on this page.

Latest suggestion for your career 
Please make a lasting impression on the first day on the job. Here are do's and don'ts for starting a new job:
Dress professionally - I suggest wearing business casual attire at a minimum, even if casual attire is suggested or generally permitted.
Learn as much as you can.
Be polite and cooperative.
Don't be a know-it-all.
Don't take anyone's food out of the break room refrigerator or take home any company property without authorization.

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