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Sunday, April 23, 2017

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

6. Providing information on professional/personal references 
• Keep contact information of your supervisors and ask up to three friends to be a reference.
• Upon their approval, ask for their phone numbers. 

7. Input on video above: 1) before mailing a resume and cover letter, print these materials onto resume paper at home or print shop before sending them off and 2) the local resources you have include: temp agencies plus free career assistance office services. 

8. As recruiters are increasingly determining the objective on a resume to be primitive, display you're with the changing trends by writing a summary instead. Explain how your skills and other work background will be an asset to the company you're seeking work from.

Stop! If you leave now, you'll regret it as your job search or the position-finding hunt of your teen continues to flounder. Invest in my book or CD found above and to the right or invest in my book and the ones written by other authors found below to get all the resources you need to get a step ahead of your competitors while you still can. Do it now before the job market becomes much worse!

My Book   

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2017: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers   

Knock 'Em Dead 2016: The Ultimate Job Search Guide   

The 2-Hour Job Search: Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster

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