APS TALKBACK RESPONSE- "What obstacles do you face when trying to obtain employment?" Part 1

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I’m a firm believer that your life is a sum of all the choices you make. The better your choices, the better opportunity to lead a happy life. When most people think of a happy life we think about a nice house, a decent car, and the opportunity to travel every now and again. Most over, the ability to enjoy these things without the stress of worrying about bills. I believe it’s natural for every human to desire a happy, comfortable, and prosperous life.

Well first things first, in order to do these things, it takes money and since that doesn’t grow on trees, what do we need in order to earn money? A job. Everyone’s experience is different when trying to break into the job market, and some barriers may be different for other’s. In this week’s APS TALKBACK, I am going to discuss a few of the barriers that were presented by our participants and offer some tips on how to get over the hurdles.

shaking handsThere are some people who feel as if their resumes are tossed to the side because they don’t know the right people. We have all heard the phrase “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” But what if you don’t know someone? The key to landing a job is making a GOOD first impression. One way to do this is go into the place where you are seeking employment and introduce yourself. While doing this make, it is smart to make small conversation with the person you are speaking too. Normally these are your gatekeepers. One way to break the ice is to ask their name and repeat it back to them. For example: “Hi, how are you my name is Dexter and I am interested in working here. Are you all hiring.” Pending the response you can reply by saying if yes “Thanks, that’s great news, by the way I didn’t catch your name” or if no; “Well thank you, what’s your name? and would you mind if I check again at a later time?” Let’s say the other person’s name is Cate you’d end with “Well, Cate it was a pleasure meeting with you and I hope to speak you again soon.” Things like this go a long way when trying to get your foot in the door, because now you know someone.One must remember that “manner’s make money.” A “yes sir”, “yes mam” will get you further along and make you stand out more than the average person walking into apply.

The next step to this is being prepared. This can make all the difference, after you have gone in and introduced yourself. What happens if they ask you for your resume? Always walk in with a folder. In this folder you should have your resume with a brief bio, a cover letter about yourself and your work history. This shows you are ready to work. Job readiness. is key to getting ahead. Want to add an extra touch? Attach a business card with your resume (this is fairly in expensive to do) this will wow your potential employer and let them know you mean business.

Starting over can be tough and at times a void may be felt because its seems as if there is no support. Having friends and family miles away can really put a strain on a person when trying to lay foundation for themselves. If you have just relocated to a new area a good way to meet people and develop relationships is to get involved. Try joining a local church, or volunteer with local community and civic organizations.  This will keep you productive and allow you to fill that void.  Being active also really gives you a chance to display your skills sets plus giving back is good for the soul.

 

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