Tips on applying for a summer job
IT is getting close to the end of school and your minds are on getting jobs for the summer. How do you greet a person for a job? What do you say? Here are some suggestions and guidelines that you will find useful: first, do your homework and prepare properly.
Think about work you have done in the past - whether paid or unpaid. And make a list of what you know how to do.
Experience counts. Maybe you help with the family's meals a lot - that can help you get a job in a restaurant. Are you a computer whiz? Write all these things down.
Maybe you like filing, organising and office work. That's a plus. Do not be shy about letting a prospective employer know.
Once you have identified your skills, experience and preferences, ask your school guidance counsellor for an appointment so you can share your information and make use of any resources available through school.
Most newspapers are good sources of jobs.
You should prepare your first resume. You will make a great impression if you present a simple, typed, one-page resume that clearly states your name, address and age, phone number, the last grade in school you have completed, whatever work experience you have had - paid or unpaid - your hobbies and interests, and the names of some people who would be willing to provide a reference.
Make sure you write a cover letter that clearly spells out the job you are applying for.
Once you get an interview, make a good first impression by paying special attention to your grooming: Be ''squeaky clean'' - hair, nails, clothing. Make sure you use deodorant and mouthwash.
That will demonstrate your self-respect and the respect you show others. Try to wear dress shoes and make sure they are polished and that your clothes fit and are not too loose or too tight.
Be on time. In fact, get there early. When you see the interviewer, thank him or her for seeing you. Be sure to make direct eye contact, to speak clearly and to shake hands firmly.
Wait until you are invited to sit down and then sit down where you are told. Sit up straight with both feet on the floor and legs uncrossed. Resist, resist, resist the urge to fidget.
Look your interviewer in the eye and answer the questions directly and honestly. Do not be ashamed of not knowing an answer.
When the interview is finished, stand and shake the interviewer's hand again, smile and say thank you.