July 2, 2021 | Filed under: CareerSource Broward News
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – July 2, 2021 – Summer 2021 is here, and companies all across South Florida are looking to fill hundreds of vacant positions. In order to assist local high school and college students seeking employment, CareerSource Broward (CSBD) is sharing its “Top 10 Tips” for individuals who want to land a job this summer.
“Right now is a great time for anyone, especially entry-level workers, to get out there and enter the workforce,” said CareerSource Broward President/CEO Carol Hylton. “Since the height of the pandemic, we have seen a dramatic drop in the local unemployment rate, which means more and more companies are hiring. These professional tips were created for both young and new job seekers, but can be used by all individuals who are trying to navigate the job market."
The following are CSBD’s “Top 10 Tips” for anyone looking for employment this summer:
- Tip #1. Look everywhere and talk to everyone: Looking for a job is serious, time-consuming work. Tell everyone you know you are looking for a job. This includes family, teachers, friends, counselors and more. Search online for places that hire teens and entry-level workers, and ask your local businesses if they’re looking for summer help (corner stores, video game stores, grocery stores, golf courses, etc.). The more you ask, the more likely someone will say, “You’re hired!”
- Tip #2. Know your business: If you want to work for a specific employer or you are offered an interview, find out as much as possible about that business. If the interviewer asks you business-related questions, your knowledge is sure to impress.
- Tip #3. First impressions matter: When searching for a job, always remember to dress for success and be as professional as possible. Job search activities are not the time to display the latest fashion trends or current slang. It is best to be over-dressed or “too professional” than not enough. You should always wear clean, pressed, well-fitting slacks and dress shirts with clean, appropriate shoes. No mini-skirts, halter-tops, sagging jeans, T-shirts or hats.
- Tip #4. Learn how to apply for a job: Know in advance how to complete an application, have a resume prepared (even if you don’t have formal work experience), and make sure you take information with you like addresses, phone numbers and other contact information you will need to include on an application. This is very important, as you may have to complete an application on the spot.
- Tip #5. Practice interviewing: This may feel awkward, but practicing can help prepare you for a real interview. Having practiced answers to routine questions will help you sound more professional and be less intimidating should the employer ask something for which you are not prepared. This can also help knock off some of the nerves you may be experiencing during your in-person and/or virtual interview.
- Tip #6. Follow up with employers: If you have an interview, be sure to always thank the employer and then follow up on the interview with a thank you letter. This shows the employer you are serious about wanting the job and can help you stand out from other applicants. Ask the employer when you might hear about the job so you can follow up if you don’t hear back by that time.
- Tip #7. Be a good employee: Once you’re hired, be sure to get there on time, show up every day, listen to instructions and be a positive team player. Employers want someone who is dependable and willing to work hard. Oftentimes, one summer job can lead to next year’s summer job! It can also provide you a positive reference for future job or school endeavors.
- Tip #8. Grades count: Get the best grades possible. Sometimes, employers have to choose between a few candidates who seem “all the same.” Getting good grades can make you the one candidate they hire.
- Tip #9. Keep your online profile updated: One option is to schedule a few minutes per month, or even bi-monthly, to review and edit your online profile; this way, it is impossible for even the slightest accomplishment to go unnoticed. Although it’s tough to get experience on your resume, you can participate in community activities and/or volunteer to boost up your resume. These activities will make you shine in the eyes of someone looking for employees.
- Tip #10. Get assistance with your job search: CSBD’s career centers offer no-cost assistance with writing resumes, as well as workshops for practicing interview skills and employment searches. Visit www.careersourcebroward.com to find the nearest career center near you.
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