Getting Hired is Hard Work

Quick Tips for Employment in McDonald County

Applying for jobs is oftentimes so daunting that it keeps you from ever taking the first steps.  If you are ever in need of assistance, the Chamber of Commerce is here for you.  Contact us anytime.

Read a few of our tips and let them help you!

1. Applying for every job you find isn’t always a good idea. Stay focused on your skillset.  Applying for every available job will result in wasted time on your part and the part of the employer.  Search for jobs that will fulfil your goals and submit applications for those.

2. Don’t stop applying for jobs while you are waiting to hear back from an employer. Most job seekers are rejected by over 15 employers before landing a job. Keep your head up and the applications going.

3. Create a specific cover letter, or your resume may not get noticed. Stand Out.  That is the key.  You are one of many who may be applying for this position. What sets you apart from the competition?  Businesses have to set themselves apart from their competition and are looking for employees who can help them achieve that goal.  Sell yourself & your strengths.  Do it creatively.  Need some help?  Consider hiring a coach to help you prepare your resume and / or cover letter.

4. Target your resume to the job. Your resume should match the job you are applying for as closely as possible.  Tailor your experiences and present them as keys to being the best candidate for the job, literally.  Don’t worry about leaving out some stuff from your experience.  If it does not have relevance, it will be overlooked and so could your entire resume.

5. Dress like a boss. Maybe appearances shouldn’t matter so much, but they do. The impression you make will last forever.  Make it count.  Dress above the position you are applying for.  It doesn’t matter what your uniform may be once you’re hired, it’s your job at this very point to make an impression with your attire during the interview.

6. Be yourself. Employers want to know you, the person they may be hiring.  Don’t be afraid to show them that person.  Rehearsed answers are evident and while they may enertain the rest of the interview, they are likely making the decision not to hire you because you are ‘just like everyone else’.  Be original.

7. Storytelling is a great way to share your experience and skills. What better way to share your experience.  Oftentimes your skillset comes out stronger through story telling than it would if you listed off your strengths in bullet point fashion. Paint a picture in the imagination of your interviewer and help them see that you’ll be the best fit for them

8. Never say anything bad about a previous employer or co-worker. No matter the reason for your last job ending, if it was negative put a positive spin on it.  Do not negate a situation that your current interviewer could never know both sides of.  Be objective.  Study the definition of objectivity before your interview.  It will help.

9. Send a thank-you note after a job interview. Solidfy the sale.  Remember that you are selling yourself.  The purchase (hiring) decision could take time.  The complete follow through should include a post interview conclusion.  This just might reach them at exactly the decision making time and could be ‘the one thing’ that lands that job for YOU!

10. Networking is a necessary component of successful job hunting. Most jobs are found through networking, whether it’s online or in-person.  Get involved in your community.  Volunteer, take part in part time jobs.  You never know who’s watching.

We hope these tips help you.  Go Get Em’…