Job hunting for the clueless.

Okay, this has to be one of my worst pet peeves. Job applications and job interviews. This entry is strictly what you SHOULD and SHOULDN’T do when applying for a job. Which clearly many people don’t know how to do. So here are some of my very own tips on how to properly dress, ask, and approach a job situation.

Step ONE, after considering that it would be a good opportunity to get a job, make an actual day of going out and applying. Don’t just do it in a spur of the moment “OMG is that a now hiring sign? I MUST GO IN!” thing. Please take time to visit the store/restaurant/building and see what type of environment it is. Consider this:

-Would I enjoy shopping/eating here?
*chances are, you will be either wearing their clothes/eating this food for a while.
-Would I wear these clothes?
*Some stores require that you wear clothes that they carry in the store.
-Could I sell somebody on a certain item?
*retail jobs involve a lot of customer interaction and make commission. You need great people skills.
-Would I actually enjoy working in this place for a long period of time?
*hopefully you are in this for the long run, see if you would be happy in this environment.
-Do I work well with others?
*to have a better work experience you need to communicate and work well with others working around you.
-Am I a people person?
*every job you will ever have you will have to deal with people at one point
-What skills do I have that would help me out if I were to get this job?
*Do you have past experience in this field?
-What type or wardrobe are the employees wearing?
*this will let you know what you will have to wear if you get the job.

Step TWO, after setting a day for yourself to go get applications, clean yourself up. Take a shower, brush your hair, clean your nails, shave and or put on a tasteful amount of make-up.

Step THREE, pick out an appropriate outfit. Going back to step one you should have already visited this place and noticed the type of clothes the employees wear. If its a retail store, dress similar to the associates. If a restaurant in which they are wearing uniforms, nice dark jeans and a polo (men) or a simple plain dress shirt (Ladies) will do. If applying to a place where you dress in slacks/suits/etc, dress it up just a little more. Do NOT wear:

-Pajama pants
-Yoga pants
-Short shorts
-Tank tops
-Shirt with profanity
-Saggy pants
-Shirts that expose your boobs

Step FOUR, if able, print out a resume! People who turn in resumes come off more organized and professional.

Step FIVE, bring a folder or a binder with you. No place of employment wants to see you walk in with a handful of other stores applications. This shows that you are just looking for a job, ANY job you can get your hands on! You have no actual interest in bettering the company, but just getting  paycheck.

Step SIX, do not, and I repeat, DO NOT, go application hunting with your mother/father/friends/children/any family member. This is very unprofessional. Do not bring your parents with you, and do not allow them to speak for you. EXAMPLE: “My daughter needs a job and I need to know what hours you are hiring and what shes gonna get paid.” Nothing will get your application thrown in the back of the pile faster then this. Do not bring your children either. You will not get brownie points, sorry. Most places judge you on your resume, skills, and ability to work. Not if you have a cute kid.

Step SEVEN, be confident. Usually ask if a manager is working and if you may speak with them, this will leave a good impression and hopefully get them to remember you. Shake hands and introduce yourself. Ask of course if they are hiring, and if so, if they have physical applications or if you have to apply online. (Most places now a days do online applications, but it is always good to go in person so when you turn in your online application they will remember your name.) Thank them for their time and TAKE THE APPLICATION WITH YOU! Do not fill it out in their store! Do not ask how much you will get paid, what hours and days you will be working, and what kind of discount you will get. This will be discussed if you get the job.

Step EIGHT, give them about 4-5 days and call them to check up on your application.


Like I said these are a few of my own tips. Haha I’m done with my rant now.