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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. Complement this information with any of the resources here which you'll find relevant to your job search and career.

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 a 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. 
*A light industrial assignment is nothing to be timid about and it's something anyone can do, as it just involves work such as cleaning out stores that are relocating or lifting/carrying/packing light items.

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/not slacking off
When working on a team at an assignment, only take a lunch break when the rest of your team does it. 
Although you should generally do what the rest of your team does, you should neither copy them in being out of the work area past the time the time you're supposed to be back from your break nor copy them in clocking out early without management approval.

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.
If you must get fingerprinted for an upcoming position or take a drug test for employment purposes at another location you've never been to and you can choose the date to do it, avoid scheduling it for tomorrow unless you can absolutely do a dummy run today;
It would be better to do this instead of hoping it'll be good enough to add up to an hour to your commute on the testing day and make it to the site on time.
If you're a bus rider, I recommend you schedule the fingerprinting/drug test at least 2 days in advance.


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 a 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.  
• Even if you're just going in to register with a temp agency, you should still dress professionally in a business-casual manner.

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. Avoiding a security breach
If you're instructed to not bring a cell phone or smartwatch onto the work floor at a place like a financial institution, also avoid bringing in a camera and flash drive, even if those 2 items aren't on the list of forbidden items.

10. Getting the most out of being a temp
Register with multiple staffing agencies in your region.
Notify them each time an assignment you take on from them ends.

11a. How to get a job you lack experience for
Respond to help-wanted ads that state no experience is needed.
Volunteer/intern for or take classes for the field you want to enter.
Shadow someone who works in the industry you have your heart set on.
Start your own offline or online business. 
Like me, you can heavily work online and from home by blogging, doing affiliate marketing, doing sales promotions, selling information products, selling ad space, taking surveys, writing books and doing online tasks - I'll gladly answer any questions you have about it.

11b. What all online workers need
• If you plan to begin working online but haven't already set up a PayPal account, you must take this measure first because few websites you can earn money from issue paychecks; having a free premier account instead of a free basic account will enable you to provide a PayPal button on your site in order to sell items.
Having a bank account is a big asset in cases where you can have the money you have earned deposited directly into your savings or checking account quickly and without having to pay a fee for your remittance to be issued by PayPal or check.

12. What to do the night before and the day of your interview
If you're a bus rider taking new bus routes or routes whose times and destination points have changed from the last time you rode them, give yourself an extra hour or two to read these schedules offline or online on your local bus company's website before going to bed.
• If you've been asked to bring identification materials such as your social security card, put them on or in your wallet, card holder or purse before going to bed - if you're riding the bus, make sure you'll have enough one-dollar bills and change to cover getting to and from your destination.
• Wake up early enough to give yourself 75 - 80 minutes to handle your oral hygiene of brushing your teeth, gums and tongue as far back as you can; use the toilet; eat breakfast; pack any lunch you may want to take to eat afterwards; get dressed; and pack other items in your briefcase such as pencils, pens, your resume, bus schedules, a book, that day's newspaper, etc.
• Before leaving out, make sure your brush and comb are in your bag then use them to make your hair look nice in a restroom at the location of your interview.

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.
• 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.

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