When I was an employment counselor, I used to say that most job seeking frustation is rooted in disorganization. I put prospective employees into two camps: the "Haphazards" and the "Prepareds."
What's the difference? Haphazards ask questions like: "May I borrow your pen to complete this application?" "They want addresses and phone numbers for my references?" "What is it you do here?"
Prepareds show up with a pen, a fact sheet to refer to when filling out the application and multiple copies of their resume.
It's a kiss of death not to know the function of the business where you're applying. Prepareds learn not only what a business does, but what jobs are available, what hours the business is open and the employer's distinctions.
"I keep seeing the same old jobs. Nothing new," the Haphazards would complain to me. These job seekers rely on only one method of looking for jobs: an Internet search engine. That's a common mistake, especially these days, when technology is responsible for so many aspects of a job hunt. But Prepareds do one better: they search the newspaper classifieds, the yellow pages and leads obtained from their network. They research, plan and rehearse.
Next time, be a Prepared.
Bob Lankard, former program manager at the state Job Center in Indiana, Pa., offers common-sense advice to help all levels of job seekers satisfy their employment ambitions.
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