Being a sophomore in college, many of my friends and I are in situations where we are looking for jobs either to make extra money in college or to start off our careers. I am one of many who are looking for a job while finishing up school just to make some extra money. We live in Statesboro, GA and there are very few options for jobs. All of these jobs are extremely competitive between students. I, personally, have never had a formal interview with a job. I am slowly learning what to do and taking steps to get a part time job for the experience and income. I have other friends who have been through dozens of formal interviews. They are graduating and searching for anything that allows them to use their degree. Many of my friends who have graduated are even competing against each other for the limited number of job opportunities. To say it plainly, we could all use a little help.
The idea of getting a job revolves around the idea of trying to sell personal abilities to an employer. So why not take advice from a well accomplished salesman. Anita Bruzzese wrote an article about a successful salesman who has best-selling books containing business advice. Harvey Mackey, the author/salesman, now has a new book out that advises people how to get jobs. The title of the book is Use Your Head to Get Your Foot in the Door: Job Secrets No One Else Will Tell You. The book is available on iTunes podcast, which is very convenient for people to get job tips quickly. Mackey is so confident about his book he will give buyers full refunds if they do not get a job in six months.
Here are some of my favorite tips:
- Don’t be the first interviewed: the last is always more memorable.
- Study while waiting: Look around the office to see what the employers care about. For example if there are plaques for a company softball team, make sure to mention your softball skills.
- Remember, it’s not about you: focus on what you can do for the company, what you can bring to the table.
- Interview the interviewer: come prepared with questions; know information about the employer previously.
These are just a few of the tips that Mackey offers. For everyone like me and my friends who are just getting started and even for those people who are at a job hunt later in life, advice that works is a huge relief.