Networking - Interacting - Looking Positive
Mar 8 at 4:11 PM
BM123 said "Good day everyone,
I have a concern. My child (older-teen)has been applying and applying to jobs in the Brandon area and gets nothing in return. Its really getting to him. I was wondering if anyone has any helpful advice I can pass on to him. I tell him to keep his head up as something will come up. Its been months. He has been to fast-food places, little businesses, big businesses. Its a challenge.
Also, if you know of places who are hiring, first job seekers. Please let me know.
Thank you so much "
Networking is a powerful tool for getting a job. If your son can approach friends who are already working to put in a good word for him to their boss, that can go a long way to getting him hired.
Just mailing or dropping resumes at the front desk are pretty ineffective. It can be difficult for many teens, but it's best if they can strike up a conversation with someone, even the gatekeeper (receptionist/secretary/admin assistant) to show that you're personable and serious about wanting to work, and perhaps have even learned something about the company you're applying to. It's surprising how many times small business owners hire someone "on the spot" because the candidate happened to show up at the right time and made a positive impression at just that right time.
Clean, well groomed, dressed for the job/position - need I say more?
Don't give up. If someone says they will be reviewing applications in a few days (particularly with small companies), if you don't hear back in a few days, go back. No phone call. Go back in person to show you are serious.
I wish your son good luck in his quest for his first job.