Make a resume of your job history NOW and keep it in a safe place in your house to help your memory out. Make sure date hired, date left, job duties are on it. Go back in your history for 10 to 20 years or when you left school. (Included un-employed dates in this resume)
There are 29 different public sources where a company can check your history out. Don’t lie on your application. Mis-information may be construed as a lie. All of your answers can/will be verified.
Answer every question on an application: If the question doesn’t apply to you, then you put a “N/A” other than that answer all questions.
Pass job history: if you list a company that is closed or they cannot verified that you work there, it is smarter for you to say that you were “unemployed” during that time frame.
Remember, employers want to know your work history, if they can’t verify it, that will pass you over to the next person that they can verify. Placing “unemployed” on a application is not a bad thing. You can always explain the “unemployed statement” later.
Longevity at jobs is a good thing: Employers are looking for employees they can count on. If your work history has too many jobs in it in one year, employers many pass you over because it shows you most likely won’t stay.
This is where putting “un-employed” may be a good thing. It’s easier to say “it was a bad year for me” then to have 10 different jobs listed.
Yes, workman composition and unemployment payments are public record: If there is a history of you being hurt at a workplace or receiving unemployment payments, your new employer knows about it. It could very much hurt your chances of getting a job if you say you were working when you were receiving benefits.
Desired pay: If your not sure how much the job pays you can say “open,” “market rate,” “minimum wage,” “unknown” or place a number. If they pay less than what you are asking, they will tell you.
Hours you can work: If there are times you can’t or won’t work, don’t say 24/7! Be honest. This also applies to are you willing to travel. If you won’t or can’t travel, don’t say you will.
If there is a company meeting at 5am and you can’t make it because of children at home that need adult supervision, you will look like a lier and may be fired because of it.
Drug Testing: Drug testing happens with many/most companies. It’s a cheap cost to the companies, some do hair follicle test. If you are taking a legal drug that will produce a positive result, let your employer know and back your statement with a Doctor statement.
Reliable transportation: Make sure you have a way to work and a backup plan if your first way fails for you. Employers will understand you being late once, but not twice.
Dress with respect: Come dressed to your interview with respect for yourself and the company your applying for. Brush your teeth, comb your hair, bathe, shave, clean your nails. Business dress is expected. You don’t have to buy a suit, it means dress the best you can.
Use manners when doing your interview: The correct answer is “yes, sir” “no ma’am” not “yah, dude,” or anything else of these type of answers. Employers know there is a chance you will talk to the public for the company. Show them you know how to talk to the public. Don’t worry about political correctness. Most employers are looking for manners above anything else.
Be honest about your goals: Tell a future employer what your wanting by working for them. It could lead to a better paying job if you say the correct statement and many companies offer pay if you go to school to enhance your knowledge on the matter they use at the job.
This is when you ask about “benefits” the company offers. Remember, benefits are something offered by a company to retain your employment. This are no laws that say they must give benefits. (vacations/time off with pay are benefits)
Management doesn’t always mean better paying job. At many companies hourly employee’s with long work history get better pay than their supervisors.
Don’t bring anybody else with you to an interview: They’re talking to you and only you. Bringing a emotional support to your interview will most likely keep you from getting a job. Bringing children to an interview because you couldn’t find a sitter looks very bad.
Ask friends who’s hiring. Friends will most likely recommend jobs that fit your needs. If they work there, ask them if you can put their names down as a friend on the application. Make sure you let your friend know when you apply. They can put in a “good word” for you.
Social networking: The more people who know you personally, the better the chances are of people recommending or telling you of a good job. You can create social networking by volunteering your time to charities, churches, schools, hospitals. Plus listing places you volunteer at is really a good mark on an application.
Internship: Ask a company that you want to work for or a trade you want to learn if they offer an “Internship” program. Most Internship programs do not offer pay, some do. It’s a way to get your foot in the door at a good paying company. Plus you can get training in the field you’re looking at for free by a person who works in the field that knows more than most schools do.
The company sees you are interested in the trade, you’ll make friends in the trade and it will put you at the front of the line when a job comes open. If a company doesn’t offer an Internship program, asked them if they know where you can get training.
Internship history shows working knowledge in the field your applying for without employment history and it verifiable. Get positive exit letters when leaving a internship from the company to use when applying for a job.