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Searching for a Job?

Though your career aspirations may be ambitious, chances are your first job may be a humbling experience. Many professionals, even the rich and famous, started off in jobs that did not match their career goals. Beyonce Knowles swept up hair at her mother's beauty salon. Brad Pitt moved refrigerators for an appliance company and Sylvester Stallone cleaned lion cages at a zoo. Point being, don't get frustrated by your first job experience. Though it may not be your career ambition - we all have to start somewhere.

Five Tips for Getting Hired

Learning how to find and apply for jobs isn't something we always learn in school, but it's an important skill. It's especially important as a teen applying for your first job to make a good first impression.

  1. Be Brave. Even in this economy, there are plenty of employers out there looking for the affordable, enthusiastic, and energetic help that teenagers provide, but you have to go out and ask for it. Don't be afraid to apply for jobs.
  2. Be Polite. You are applying for a job; dress up, make eye contact, shake hands, and avoid using slang. First impressions matter - make sure you are remembered for your application and not your attitude.
  3. Be Prepared. Bring a resume and a cover letter whenever you apply for a job. Having a good resume is essential. It shows that you are serious about the position, and that you are mature and responsible.
  4. Be Persistent. It would be nice if you were immediately offered every job that you ever applied for, unfortunately this is not the case for anybody. Persistence pays off; send a thank you note to interviewers, follow-up if you do not hear about the job after a week, and keep applying.
  5. Be Creative. Look for work in places other than the mall. The weakening economy means that people are going to be looking to cut costs in areas such as lawn and child care. Get a few friends together and start a landscaping or a babysitting business. Working for yourself is a great way to earn money and develop skills that will help you find your next job.

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Job Search Resources

Below are some printable handouts that will assist you as you go from choosing your career, writing your resume, interviewing, being successful in the workplace to managing your finances, all of which are pillars to long term job sustainability and career success.

Keep in mind, these handouts provide a brief synopsis of a wealth of information that is available. For more information, feel free to conduct your own research by visiting your local library or school guidance counselor. Another great resource to find information is the Workforce Central Career Center located right here in Worcester. The internet is also a great place to do research.

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