Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Some Winning Suggestions for Young Job Hunters

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Some Winning Suggestions for Young Job Hunters

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Dear Ann Landers: I am an assistant manager of a large home decor retail store. I screen all applicants before they are interviewed by the manager.

Here are some suggestions for today's young job hunters. So many of them who are not hired never know why. These guidelines may open their eyes.

ANN FAN - IN LONGWOOD, FLA. Not only will your suggestions open some eyes, they will open some doors. Thank you. Rule No. 1: Bring your own pen. Whether you are a walk-in applicant or have an appointment, nothing screams apathy louder than someone who has to ask for a pen to fulfill their purpose for coming in. Rule No. 2: Dress properly. When you walk in to ask if we are hiring, you are making that classic "first impression." Look presentable. No sandals or flip flops. No shorts. No tank tops. No hats. No nose rings. And comb your hair. Rule No. 3: Fill out the application completely and correctly. Answer ALL the questions on the form. This means you must know your Social Security number, where you went to school, the names of your previous supervisors and the phone numbers and addresses of all previous employers. Write these things down, and keep them in your wallet. Rule No. 4: Grammar, penmanship and spelling count. Learn to respond to statements like "List reasons for any time of unemployment" with a full sentence instead of phrases like "out of work" and "no job." If you are given the opportunity to express why you would be the perfect candidate for this position, DON'T LEAVE THAT SPACE BLANK. Write neatly and clearly, and only use words you know how to spell. Tell me you are always on time and are a quick learner. Let me know you are not afraid of a challenge and love working with people. You do not have to write a paragraph, but this is another opportunity to make a good impression. Rule No. 5: Ask to see the job description. Most employers should have a copy of the job description handy when hiring. If you just walked in off the street and asked for an application, be sure you know what you are getting into. …

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