In today’s modern and technical world, looking for a job has become not only a challenge for many people, but the process can also be very demanding as well. From finding the right field to work in, to meeting minimum requirements and applying to jobs that you are eligible for, the entire job search process has become highly competitive and technologically more demanding than ever, as students and young adults are required to learn new skills to help them to meet the job’s requirements.

The following are some helpful tips to help with finding your first job, to writing your very first résumé, and interview tips and advice for new job seekers:

Job Search Skills

  1. What field are you interested in working in, and are there certain skills and traits that you have that will make you a great fit for one, or even more, fields?

You can take a career quiz as well to determine what field you would work best in: https://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=what-job-should-you-have_2

  1. Once you have determined the field that you want to work in, look for jobs within that field by going to career-specific job websites, or by talking with friends and family members about jobs.  For example, if you are looking to find a job as a florist in a flower shop, it would be helpful to do a search for jobs in that field on the internet, in a newspaper, or by talking with a school guidance counselor or career counselor in order to determine how to find jobs in that field.  Also, a career or school counselor can help you to conduct the right search to find a job, such as by typing in “florist jobs in my area,” or another relevant search.  Make sure to use well-known websites that are safe when conducting your search online.  It is also helpful to keep track of the jobs that you are applying to, as this can be done by writing the job down, the title, and the month/year you applied.  This helps to organize your job search more and keep track of jobs you applied to, and can also help if you want to follow up with an employer.

Résumé

Think back to all of the real-life experiences you have gained throughout your life, from hosting your first lemonade sale to raise money, to shoveling snow and babysitting, to joining a sports league and learning how to play well and cooperate with others.  These are all skills to highlight on a résumé or job application, because you may not have gained any work experience just yet, but will in the future when you land your first job. So yes, these skills are important when applying for a job. Microsoft Word also has sample résumés and letters (File-New).

Your résumé provides future employers with a list of jobs that you have held, and is usually organized with your most recent job on top, to the oldest on the bottom. It is a good way for an employer to see the work experience you have gained.

Here are some important tips to remember when writing your first résumé:

It should be specific to the job you are applying to: a résumé that highlights your ability to perform acrobatic tricks may not help you so much if you’re looking to work as a florist at a flower shop.  It should be specific for that job.

It should have a thoughtful letter of interest attached to it, if one is requested.

A résumé should include your most recent place of employment on top, and older jobs you have held on the bottom, going down in order: for example, if your most recent job was working at a clothing store in the mall, then that listing would be at the very top of the list.  All other older jobs would be listed below that.

It should list accomplishments, schools attended, and any volunteer experiences.

It should not only list job duties, but it should also provide successful outcomes:

When writing a résumé, it is much more effective to not only list the job duties that you had for that job, but to also list real accomplishments. For example, saying that you “worked as a sales associate at a clothing store” is a general job duty, but saying that you “worked as a sales associate at a clothing store and provided customers with great customer service by providing them with style advice that they appreciated” is a much more effective way to state your job description.

The Interview Process

Depending upon whether or not your interview will be in person, over the phone, or using a website or electronic device, the interview process gives job candidates a way to not only learn more about the job they are applying to, but also see how well they connect with other employees, and what the job will be like. It is important to dress well at an interview, because this shows that you care about yourself, and your future job and career. It is also important to learn as much as you can about the job you are applying to before you attend the interview.  While at the interview, the person who is thinking about hiring you just wants to see how you will be a good fit for the job, so make sure you know what the job is looking for, and how you can meet or exceed the needs of that job.  It is also important to research common interview questions, and know how you will answer them.  And remember, if the job is not offered to you, it simply means that something else will open up for you, and to not lose hope during the job and interview process! Also, take the time to learn more about yourself, your skills, and what you have to offer, as these will be reflected as accomplishments on your résumé or letter of interest. Being friendly with others and thankful for the interview are good as well, along with writing a friendly thank-you note or email to thank the person for the interview or job offer.  Family, friends and your local school can also be very valuable and influential resources during the job search and interview process.

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