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FOR A JOB, then this is a must read for you. There are a whole bunch of things you never learned at school, whether you have a high school diploma, or graduated from a college or university. YOU WERE NEVER TAUGHT how to determine the skills you have to offer to an employer, nor how to look for work that you can successfully perform. Once you have found a job you can do, you have little or no idea about how to convince an employer to hire you. EVEN WORSE, In the very unlikely event that an employer spends ten seconds looking at your application, chances are he will discover that you were never taught to write a sentence, correctly punctuated, capitalized in the right places, spelled correctly and having no grammatical errors. In short, he will be impressed with how little you know. The material below will start you on the road to correcting these problems, but it can’t be done all at one time. If you would like to get my help in doing the many steps necessary, I’ll tell you at the end just what my services are, and the fees I charge. Maybe reading this will be enough to get you a job, but if not, you would be doing yourself a favor in hiring me to represent you as your agent. Want to skip directly to My Services? Click Here. It has always been difficult to find a good “Starter Job,” when you are just beginning in your search for employment. In today’s economy, with high rates of unemployment, this task ranges from extremely difficult to almost impossible. Whether you have any chance for any job depends on three things: Where and how you look for a job; Your education and previous experience; The presentation you make to the employer. While these three elements are under your control, the number and quality of your competition is not. Therefore, you need to do the best you can to control what you can control,
Before beginning your search
Want to skip directly to My Services? Click Here. Your personal life and problems
Many people looking for their first jobs completely destroy any chance of selection by telling the employer about personal problems, or sharing damaging information about themselves. The employer has absolutely no interest in your personal problems and in fact, is likely to reject you when you raise these issues. Instead, he is interested in the skills or experiences you have to offer that will help him to make more money, cut his costs, or otherwise improve his business. NEVER tell the employer: You are desperate, or that you need his help.(He is operating a business, not a charity). Anything about your family or your friends. That you are the father, mother or legal guardian of a minor child. That you are a legal citizen of the United States (He will find this out before you begin work). That you have a drivers’ license or a car. How you get to work on time is your problem, not the employer’s. That you want or are willing to work for a certain salary. If an offer is made, you can accept or decline. You are likely to screen yourself out by discussing money before you are even interviewed. How he should reply to your e-mail; it is his choice how he responds, not yours. Under no circumstances tell the employer what you will not do. If you do not want a job that is offered, simply decline and thank the employer. NEVER request that the employer engage in any form of illegal behavior, such as paying “under the table,” or transporting Marijuana across state lines! NEVER offer to work at below the California minimum wage ($8.00 per hour). Or employer to pay you below the minimum wage is illegal. Any employer that actually knows the law will be concerned that you might be attempting to trick him, so that you can later file a complaint against him. NEVER send a photo, or attach it to any communication between you and the employer By sending this to the employer, you are letting him know about your race and/or ethnicity, your gender, possibly your age, and other things about you. Legally, he is not permitted to use this information in deciding whether or not to hire you. The employer will be concerned that if you do not get the job, you might make a Discrimination
claim against it/him. If you are hired, another applicant could claim Favoritism. Therefore, the employer will want to always be able to show that he made the hiring decision entirely based upon applicant qualifications, without ever using illegal information. CLEAN UP your internet appearance Increasingly, employers are checking out candidates and current employees by use of the Internet. There are likely to have been times when you allowed yourself to be caught on camera doing things you are not particularly proud of, or want strangers to see. What should you remove? Here is a quick rule offered by many others: “If you would not want Mom or Dad to see it, then remove it.” AVOID telling the employer Your Age. Your Gender. Your race or cultural background. (If you are Hispanic, he can determine this from your name). Anything about your religious preferences or lack thereof. About athletic activities or social clubs in which you were involved either in high school, in your church, or while attending college. Your sexual preference or orientation. About your personal objectives, He wants only to know what you can do for him, not what you want him to do for you. None of these things have anything to do with the job, or how well you can do what is needed. Hearing or reading about them is just a waste of the employer’s time, and illegal information for him to have. STOP wasting the employer’s time There are typically a number of things which appear in applications which are a waste of space. If the employer looks at your application, at all, it is only going to be for 10-15 seconds at most. If you clutter your communications with worthless information, he will simply go to the next application. He has no interest in seeing: your claims that you are honest, trustworthy, will work hard, or will put great effort into your work.
that you think you have “great interpersonal skills,” or even worse than that, that you are “a great team player.” You can count on never being hired !!! By now you are asking why this will make the employer delete your application. First, these are skills that everyone should have, like tying your shoe laces. Next, because there is no way to determine when you are telling the truth. Finally, because such statements provide no information which is useful to the employer. Return to beginning? Searching for a job Want to skip directly to My Services? Click Here. Assess your personal skills, talents, and interests In applying for a job, it is essential that you have some skills or talents which will be valuable to the employer. You should always be applying for a specific job, for which you attempt to convince the employer that you are better qualified than any other candidate Instead of selling a product, you are selling your value to the employer. Everything you are doing from selecting the job to which you live, to preparing a resume, to giving an outstanding interview, are all directed at one purpose. You need to convince the employer that, “I want this job because I am the best person to do it.” If that statement is not true, then someone else should get the job instead of you. Therefore, you should never say that you will take any job that is available. You always applying to one specific job, which you are prepared to perform in an outstanding way.Your ability to do so may have come from what you learned while taking classes at school, from classes that you took online, or from hobbies that you have developed over the years. Regardless of how you got these skills, you should select only those jobs that you are fully qualified to perform. If you are uncertain about the kind of job for which you should apply, go here for the kinds of jobs you are likely to be able to fill. Once you find a job in which you are interested, and believe you can perform, click on its title to locate detailed information about this job. After finding out about it, look for employers advertising this kind of work. Find a job that fits
NO ONE IS LIKELY TO OFFER YOU A JOB FROM YOUR CRAIG’S LIST AD Instead, you must find jobs that are advertised. Most job ads will specify the qualifications required to do the job. You must ask yourself the question, ”Am I qualified to do this job?” If the answer is, ”No,” you need to look at the next job. If the answer is, “Yes,” then you need to ask yourself, “What can I do to convince the employer that I can do this job, better than others who will also be applying?”
Where to locate jobs to apply for:
Remember this. While employers search for those with specialized training, experience and skills, that is not going to be the situation for you. There are many people looking for jobs, all seeking work that requires little in training or education. So there is no reason for employers to have to try and find them. Listed here are just a few of the many thousands of job sites available to help you locate jobs which you can do, and which will meet your needs. Selling yourself to the employer Want to skip directly to My Services? Click Here. Return to beginning?
The Three Steps in selling yourself. Once you have found a job which you think you can do, and are now ready to become a candidate competing with many others, there are three elements to “making the sale,” each of which is essential for you to have any chance at success. Submit your standard resume. Write a personalized cover letter to the company or person who will be deciding who is to get the job. Present yourself to be interviewed. The Resume This is the “Make or Break,” document which will determine whether the employer goes any further in the employment process. Increasingly the resume will be inspected by a computer, before it is seen by a person. The computer will look for two things:
It will first check that there are no errors in grammar, capitalization, punctuation, or spelling. While this is not true in all cases, as programs are developed to do this, such checking is increasingly used. When these tools are present, resumes having such errors never reach the desk of the person who is reviewing them. It is assumed that anyone writing a resume with errors doesn’t know how to write, is careless in his work, or just doesn’t care. In any event, no one is interested in hiring such a person, when so many others are available. The resume consists of several parts as shown below. Headings should be provided even if there is nothing to fill them with. There is no fixed format for a resume only that it should be attractive, and easy to understand.
The Headings ➢ Contact Information
Typically this consists of your First Name, Middle initial and Last name. On the next line is your City, State, and Zip code. Avoid using your street address, to protect your privacy. You can use either or both your home and cell phone numbers. ➢ KEY WORDS
These are words which describe the skills which you have to offer to any employer. The computer scans, and then delivers to the hiring employer those resumes containing the words which have been requested. ➢ Qualifying Background
If the Key Words allow the resume to get to the person making the hiring decision, the QUALIFYING BACKGROUND section is the most important part of the entire resume. The person reading the resume will give it his attention for no more than 10 to 15 seconds. The competent adult reader reads at the rate of 250 words per minute. That means in 15 seconds, the greatest number of word you can expect he will absorb is 60. The section above contains 52 words – just the right amount. These short sentences answer his question — “Does this person have the qualifications necessary for the job being offered?” ➢ SOFTWARE SKILLS
Many, if not most jobs require software skills of one kind or another. As you become competent with new software you will add these computer skills to your list. If you only have general computer skills, skip this section entirely, and put your computer skills in the QUALIFYING BACKGROUND section of the resume. ➢ EXPERIENCE
You may not have any jobs to put into this heading. Add only those jobs for which you were paid on a regular basis, once a week, every two weeks, or on two selected days of the month. Thus, mowing a neighbor’s lawn or babysitting her child does not count as a job. Working as a waiter, or a warehouse clerk definitely do count as jobs. For each job, include all of the elements that are shown above. The most recent job should always be on top. These job descriptions confirm the QUALIFYING BACKGROUND in which you summarized your most important skills. ➢ EDUCATION
This is the final section of the resume: IF you only have a GED, indicate the place and year it was received; IF you have a high school diploma, name the school, city and state, and the year earned. This should appear until you have reached the age of 25, regardless of other schools later attended. IF you are currently attending or graduated from a community college, name the school, city and state, your Major, and date when Associate Degree was awarded. IF you are attending but have not yet graduated, name the school, city and state, your academic status, and your current or intended Major. IF you have been awarded an undergraduate degree, name the school, city and state graduation year, Major, and degree. IF you have a earned a Graduate Degree name the school, city and state graduation year, Major, and degree. The Cover Letter There are important differences between the resume and the Cover Letter. While you will continuously be adding to the resume with new keywords, skills, jobs and schools,
each time you are looking for work, you will send hundreds if not thousands of exactly the same resume. A cover letter is quite different. The thing that makes a difference is that it is personally directed either to the company or the person will be responsible for making a hiring decision. In some cases the job posting will give the name of the person to whom application materials should be redirected. It’s not that person, the company or organization will almost always have an informational webpage for you to Inspect. After looking at the company webpage, you should be able to write to cover letter so that it looks like you have taken the time to learn about the business of that company. The purpose of the ladder is to show the company or hiring person that you have the specific skills and qualifications that the company is seeking to the it should go without saying, that the letter you write must be completely free of spelling, capitalization, punctuation, or grammatical errors. This letter will be read after your resume has been accepted for consideration. Therefore, any errors which are found will get very negative attention from the reader. The interview If you have gotten this far, you have a good chance of being the candidate who is accepted for the job. There is no one way in which interviews are conducted. Sometimes, they will be with only one individual, while at other times you may expect that you will be interviewed by two or more people. There are, however, some elements which almost all interviews will contain: You will be told what the job requires, as well as some general information about how this job fits in with the rest of the business of the company. You may expect to be asked about your qualifications, your education, the classes you took, why you left a previous job, and your wage requirements. At the same time, there are questions they have absolutely no business asking. Nor, should you ever volunteer this information. They are illegal, and if asked the employer is open to a complaint to the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE). If asked, you should politely decline to answer. If you are not offered the job, you have a good chance of collecting some money for Discrimination ➢ Are you Single, Married, Divorced? ➢ Do you have any children? ➢ What is your sexual preference OR are you Gay, Lesbian or Transgendered?
➢ How old are you? (This information will only be available after you are hired). ➢ What religion are you affiliated with? ➢ Who did you vote for in the last election OR, What are your political beliefs? In the kinds of jobs for which you will be applying, in some cases the interviewer will simply look for a candidate meeting the qualifications that are required to perform the job. As soon as he finds a candidate that meets these qualifications, he may offer the job. The more frequently found procedure is to interview several candidates, and then make an offer. if you are the candidate who was selected, you ordinarily will receive an e-mail which sets out your hourly pay rate, you’ll work schedule, the person who you are to report to, and other relevant information. Sometimes you will get the offer by phone. In that case, you should always ask for some kind of written confirmation of what you have just been told by phone. At other times, you will be given an Employee Handbook when you report to work for the first time there you should never accept any job offered by either an individual or company, unless there is a written agreement setting forth you pay, and what you are expected to do for it. That written agreement is your protection in the event that you do not get paid what you were expecting. My services If you have gotten all the way to this point, you have been searching for a job without success, probably for some time. After more than 3,000 words, you have also discovered what a complicated process it is to successfully find a job. You really need to carefully follow all the steps I have laid out for you. If not, your chances of getting a job are really very small. In fact, even if you religiously follow everything I have told you to do, it still is going to be very tough for you to find a job. More than 25% of Caucasian young adults are currently unemployed. The figures get far worse if you are Black or Hispanic, approaching 50%. For the kind of job for which you are searching there may well be many others just as, or better qualified than you. Why you should use me I’m 76 and partially disabled, but that doesn’t stop me from doing the stuff you need done, to get that job. My name is Sherwin Steffin, and it is, as far as I know, unique. If you search for me in Google, you will find more than 3,000 page views for me. This way, you can check me out, before you contact me for the first time.
If following everything I told you is more than you are able to do, or just seems like far too much work, you need to have help in finding a job. That’s where I come in.. Depending on your needs I will Help you assess the skills you have to offer to an employer. Assist you in searching for a job which you can satisfactorily perform. Prepare your first resume which you can email to many employers. This resume will quickly capture their attention, and tell them about your qualifications for the job. Review and edit your Cover Letter before you send it to an employer. Show you how to protect yourself at the interview using a hidden digital pen recorder. If the interviewer asks an illegal question, you can file a complaint which is likely to get you quite a bit of money when the employer breaks the rules about questions which can be asked. We do everything online. There is no need for you to travel to get my help. My fees Each person is different, and will require me to invest different amounts of time in your job search or DLSE complaints. Thus, my fees will be determined by the needs of the individual case. However, you pay absolutely nothing until you either get the job I helped you apply for, OR you collect against the employer because he did something illegal.
How do we each protect ourselves?
Before I do anything more than reviewing your case, you must sign a Retainer Agreement. This document sets out the conditions under which you are required to pay me, and what I must do to earn that payment from you. (If you are under 18, your parent or guardian must sign this document. If I fail to do the things we agree to, you owe me nothing, but If I do as we agreed, and you fail to pay, I can easily collect from you in Small Claims Court.
Simply email me at email@example.com with a short description of the problems you are having, trying to find a job. I ‘ll determine from that description whether I believe that I can give you the assistance you need, and return contact within 24 hours. I look forward to hearing from you Sherwin A. Steffin
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