A few simple tips on finding jobs anywhere:

  • Don’t apply for just one-ever.
  • Apply for 2-300 if you live in the city
  • Apply for ones that are above your skill level
  • Search in fields outside the normal. Yes, you’ve done retail most of your life but are you sure you couldn’t get into corporate world via reception?
  • If you’ve been working for a while, try your hand at management.
  • Remember that they’ll only ever call you back if they’re interested. So once they have called you back, remember that. Don’t doubt your skills or what’s on your resume.
  • Make an awesome resume. I can’t emphasize this enough. Your resume sums up your life and you in 3 pages. Make it glow.
  • Don’t lie, but don’t feel bad about extending what you can actually do.
  • Always, always thank jobs that reply with “Thankyou for the opportunity”.
  • Where possible, make phone contact, not email, let your personality shine through.
  • Nail the first interview. Prepare, prepare, prepare. Learn about the company, the job, the responsibilities.  Have an answer ready for everything. I personally wing it, but I’m good at on the spot questions. You can never be too prepared for an interview.
  • Shine in the first 3 months. This is your probationary period. Rock their socks off.
  • If a friend has referred you, do NOT let them down. You look like an asshole and they look like an idiot for referring you.
  • Be polite, don’t swear and don’t use slang in any conversations or interviews unless they do too,  even then. Be wary, it could be a tester to see how readily you drop the F bomb.
  • Enjoy yourself. If you don’t get it, there’s plenty more out there.
  • Look everywhere. Don’t limit yourself to one computer site, one paper etc. Look everywhere.
  • Be you. That’s important. Don’t fake a personality. When you get to the actual job and start being yourself, they’ll wonder what the hell changed.
  • I’ll say it again. Enjoy yourself, have fun. Consider any jobs you don’t get practice for ones you really, really want.