Reviewed By Dr. Edward Johnson
By Dr. Michael J. Bisconti
Reviewed By Dr. Edward Johnson
When you have first started your business you will still need to have money coming in. So, for a time, you may still have to work for someone else. This page addresses the best way to get a job. The Protecting Your Job page will tell you how to keep a job.
Work choice is very simple:
· First, ask God to guide you in your choice of work.
· Second, choose something that you can do.
· Third, if you can do more than one thing, choose what you enjoy doing.
· Fourth, if there is more than one thing you can do and enjoy doing, choose what will make the most money.
· Fifth, if there is more than one thing that you can do, enjoy doing, and that will make the most money, choose something that you can do better than anything else that you can do.
· Let everyone know that you are looking for work.
· Every weekday (Monday thru Friday) at 5:00 am:
o Get out of bed.
o Ask God to prosper your job hunting efforts.
· Monday and Friday between 5:00 am and 5:00 pm:
o Monday and Friday are not the best days to see employers.
o If you haven’t already done so, call up the employers you interviewed with on the previous Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and tell them that you enjoyed interviewing with them. Be prepared to answer questions.
§ Call between 10:00 am and 11:00 am and between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm.
§ On Friday, only call between 10:00 am and 11:00 am. Employers generally will not give you their full attention after 11:00 am on Friday because they are thinking about the weekend.
§ If you cannot call at the above times, call anytime between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.
o Call up uncontacted employers in order to arrange interviews.
o Perform the “Every weekday after 5:00 pm” tasks (see below).
· Tuesday thru Thursday between 5:00 am and 5:00 pm:
o After you have asked God to prosper your job hunting efforts, get ready.
§ Put two small pens in your left shirt pocket (men) or purse (women).
§ Pick up your attaché case (see below) just before you walk out the door.
o Leave no later than 8:30 am.
o If you have no interviews:
§ Things to Keep in the Back of Your Mind:
· Choose personal contact over every other means of looking for work.
· Choose the most direct, personal contact…visit companies.
§ Visit companies. Ask to see a human resources person. Leave your one-page resume or, if you have two resumes, both your resumes with the cover letter (see below). Ask for the employer’s business card.
§ If you cannot travel, call companies up on the phone.
o If you have interviews:
§ Things to Keep in the Back of Your Mind:
· Never break an appointment for an interview unless an emergency requires that you do so. If an emergency comes up, call the employer and let them know. If you can’t call, have someone else call. If you have no one else you can call, call the employer as soon as you can.
· At an interview location, never put your briefcase (or other resume holder) on a table or desk without asking permission first.
· Do not worry about your personal property once you are at the interview location.
· Expect the employer to guide you through the interview process.
· Employers will often act like they intend to hire you, during the interview process. This is something they have learned to do from experience or in business school. The idea is that if they can make you believe they are going to hire you then you will be more enthusiastic and more communicative during the interview. DO NOT BE OFFENDED BY THIS MANEUVER. They are just doing their job. HOWEVER, DO NOT BE INFLUENCED BY THIS MANEUVER. Instead, yes, be enthusiastic but don’t say any more than you want to say.
· The interview begins the moment the employer meets you.
· If asked for your resume, provide the one-page resume only.
· If asked to provide a longer resume and you have a longer resume, provide it.
§ After you arrive at the interview location, before the interview, if you have time:
· First, if you have a coat, hang it up if you can.
· Second, ask God to guide you through the interview.
· Third, think pleasant thoughts.
§ During the interview, if you can think about MORE THAN one thing, forget everything else and concentrate on the following:
· Let the employer speak first.
· Be honest.
o Honesty is not revealing every little secret about yourself.
o If you are not sure about something, say, “I am not sure about that.”
o If you unintentionally tell an untruth, say, “That is not what I meant to say.”
o If you suddenly can’t think, say, “You will have to excuse me. I am suddenly not feeling well.” If the employer asks what the problem is, say, “I am just not feeling well.”
· The employer ends the interview:
o When the employer says, “OK, that’s it,” or “It was good meeting you,” or “We’ll let you know when we have made a decision,” or something along these lines, indicating that the interview is over:
§ Ask the employer for their business card then:
· If you know that you don’t want the job, say, “It was good meeting you.”
· If you are not sure whether you want the job, say, “It was good meeting you.”
· If you know that you want the job, say, “If you offered me the job right now, I would accept your offer.”
· After you have finished talking, immediately leave. If the employer needs to talk to you further, they will let you know.
§ During the interview, if you can think about ONLY one thing, forget everything else and concentrate on the following: be honest.
· Every weekday after 5:00 pm:
§ Be sure you have interview clothes ready.
· If you were applying for an office/professional job, a suit would be good. If you don’t have a suit, a white or light-colored, single-colored shirt with a plain tie will do.
o Second, if you are applying for an office/professional job:
§ Develop a resume.
· Make your resume one page long.
· If you desperately feel that one page is not enough, develop two types of resumes: a one-page resume and a second resume of any length. Inform the employer, in a cover letter, that, for their convenience, you have sent both a short and a detailed resume.
§ Make a hundred copies of your resume.
o Third, if you are applying for an office/professional job:
§ Get something to carry your resumes in such as a paper folder, a paper binder, a leather binder, an attaché case, or a briefcase.
§ Put at least twenty resumes in your attaché case (or whatever you are using).
§ Don’t put anything else in your attaché case (or whatever you are using).
o Fourth, buy five small pens and some large index cards.
o Fifth, find the addresses of companies to which you can apply for work.
§ Search the Internet for companies that are advertising positions for the kind of work that you have chosen.
§ Look in newspaper want ads for companies that are advertising positions for the kind of work that you have chosen.
§ Write down the company name, address, email address, phone number, position title, and contact person’s name for each company you plan to visit, email, or mail, on a separate index card.
§ If you have a resume, spend ten minutes trying to improve it.
§ Email your resume.
§ If you don’t have a computer, mail your resume
§ Post your resume on the Internet.
§ Get a small box to store collected business cards in.
§ Sort collected business cards.