Thursday, 28 July 2011

Step 4: Go Get 'Em, Tiger!

Okay so I put you through all that preparation: you've got your resume, cover letters, and plan all ready, and it’s time to apply! Dun dun dun dunnnnnn!

1. Apply online
A lot of companies now, mostly in retail, have online applications. This may either mean that you simply upload your resume, or perhaps there’s a full application that you need to fill print and fill out. Whichever it may be, make sure you first apply online. Why? Some places don’t even take in-store applications anymore, at others you may have to fill out an application on the spot, and some just appreciate that you’re not an idiot and took the initiative to check out the company online.

2. Apply in store
Pretty obvious. Most professional and specialized companies won’t have an online application anyways. There’s a few things that you need to remember for when you go apply in-store…
-Make sure you dress the part. If you’re going to a lot of different places, choose something like a button down shirt that works for just about anywhere. Look professional so they take you seriously, but don’t make such an impression that you look like a fool.
-Come prepared. Have your resume and cover letter stapled together already, any additional applications or papers stapled as well, and always have a working pen on hand.
-Be charming. Since you’re going in store, you can really show them who you are. Don’t go overboard and start cracking jokes, but smile, be kind, and be enthusiastic. If possible, ask to speak to whoever is in charge of hiring—ask for the store manager, or in a business location, just speak to the secretary. Speaking to the right people can really make all the difference.
-Oh, and turn your damn cell phone on silent!
Alright so you finally went in store and got it over with. Now you can sit back, relax, and wait for the phone to ring so you can go to your… interview!

3 comments:

  1. some places (old navy) do online applications with 50 question questionnaries, its pretty ghey.

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  2. Oh yeah, I did one that even had a timed skills section! It was brutal

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