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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 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: 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. 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 waiting around to be contacted after resume submission
Don't be afraid to follow up after submitting your cover letter (CV) and resume. 
In CV closing section, state that you will follow up to set up interview. 
Follow up by email or telephone within the next business day or two.

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 plus the other items 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!


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