Getting a Job – How to Start
Author: Jennifer Stewart
Work is much more than simply a way of earning money. It defines
us as people in our society. Think of the number of
conversations that focus on what you do for a living.
Introductions are often based solely on this:
"Mike, I'd like you to meet my friend, Jan. Jan is a marine
biologist." Or, "Jan works at the new shopping center in town."
At social gatherings people spend a great deal of their time
discussing work-related matters, and it's easy to begin to feel
left out if you can't join in with a horror story about your
boss or coworkers. So it's taken as understood that you want to
But you don't just want any old job if you also want to retain
One of life's little pleasures is to wake up each morning and
think to yourself, "Wow! Another day at work."
One of life's miseries is to wake up each morning and think,
"Ugh! Another day at work."
It's important to find a job that will prompt the first response
rather than the second.
So how do you find out what job will make you happy (and keep
you sane) before you've spent years training for it?
Easy, really. You just have to know yourself.
You need to know: • What you like doing • What you don't like
doing • What you are good at doing
Then it's a simple matter of tracking down those jobs that fit
your personality and skills. There are numerous questionnaires
around to help you work out where your strengths and interests
You might be quite surprised at the results these questions turn
up. You may have always regarded yourself as a team player, but
after reviewing your responses it becomes obvious that you
really prefer to be independent – to make your own decisions and
to work alone on projects.
Better to find this out now before you lock yourself into a job
that has you working cheek-by-jowl with a group of people who
spend all their time telling you what to do.
Before you start on your quest for employment you should be
aware of what can go wrong – after all, forewarned is forearmed!
Employment companies agree that the top 10 reasons (not in any
particular order) for people missing out on jobs are: • Spelling
errors or bad grammar in their resume • An inability to express
their thoughts clearly or discuss achievements • Little interest
or enthusiasm; appearing bored or indifferent to the job being
discussed • Being over-bearing, over-aggressive, or aloof •
Showing interest only in a higher grade or higher salary than
the one being offered • Providing vague answers and being
evasive • Not asking questions about the company or the job, or
asking questions that lack depth • Failing to look the
interviewer in the eye and not showing self-confidence •
Appearing immature by giggling, chewing gum, cracking jokes, and
not taking the interview seriously • Poor personal appearance
So now you know what NOT to do, and you can set about making
sure that you do all the RIGHT things to find that great job.
About the author:
Jennifer Stewart has extensive experience working with students
and freelance writing clients in compiling resumes, writing
letters of application, and preparing for job interviews. This
article is taken from Secrets of Finding the Right Job - Not
Just Any Job, part of the Finding a Job — Tips for Success
series available at www.findajobtips.com.