Job Hunting
May 21, 2012, 9:35 AM
Filed under: Financial tips, Job Search

I have recently had the good fortune to be advised in financial matters by a respected member in this field.  I asked him if he had some suggestions for navigating todays economy.  His answers surprised me at how simple they were.  Most were things I had heard or known about but was unaware how to put them into practice.

1) When you are unemployed, make obtaining a position you full-time job.  Typically you work about 40 hours a week, 8 hours a day.  Take that time to pursue a job.  What I mean is spend your time focusing on your resume, and references.  A trusted friend to look it over and give you some advise.  Go to job fairs and open houses.  Mingle with new people, Facebook and friends can be helpful.  Ask around.  Don’t ask for a job, instead ask “I would really like to get involved in the hospitality industry, and I am anxious to learn all about the industry.  I was wondering if you had a suggestion as to where to start.”  This is less threatening than asking for a job.  It frees  the person from feeling obligated and uncomfortable and makes it more likely they will offer help.  Another way is to socialize.  Go to places where you can meet people in the industry.  Be willing to start at the bottom. Volunteer at your church, synagogue, or charity organization.  It’s a great way to meet people in a non threatening way.

2)  Make small goals.  Your job hunting is a series of small goals.  First the goal of your resume is to get an interview.   The goal of an interview is to get another or perhaps even an offer.  Be authentic and honest.  Canned answers rarely get a second look.  Make a connection with the boss or interviewer.  Find something that intrigues him or her.  This means be attentive and listen to pick up on subtle clues.  Don’t be afraid to ask open-ended questions.

3)  Most employers are looking for fire.  They want to know that you will have the drive to succeed.  Positive attitude is also very important quality.  Do you have the ability to handle problems in a positive manner and find solutions.  Work ethic is also big.  Do you have a good work ethic; that is are you willing to put in the time and have the dedication to be extraordinary?



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