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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 
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 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. 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. 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.

11. 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 routes 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.
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 work seeker of either gender, you can complete your wardrobe by investing in a pair of shoes located above. All pairs of men's and women's shoes I link to should suffice as dress shoes you can wear to interviews.
• Enjoy having a great structure to organize your job-hunting materials and other business-related documents through the desk located 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

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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:
Remaining patient with co-workers & customers
You must keep your cool in all transactions with them, no matter how much they may try your patience. If they raise their voice, it would be smart to simply say, "Please don't yell at me." 

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