“I can’t get a job. I’ve looked everywhere!”
“They won’t call me back.”
“They just hate (fill in the blank)!”
Finding a job is difficult. I’m not certain what the answer is, but I do have some time-tested suggestions for teens and adults who want to step ahead in the marketplace:
Seven Communication Skills That We Need
Your Voice – Speak clearly, don’t mumble. Don’t lazily use “I don’t know.”
Your Presence – Stand up straight. Look at their eyes or mouth when spoken to.
Your Respect – Learn their name. Use their name.
Your Look – Dress as good or better than what you would wear on the job.
Your Mind – Believe in yourself. Know what you want to say, and then say it.
Your Focus – Learn to listen to others. Choose to listen for details. If you “can’t remember”, take notes; I do, all the time!
Reader Angi of peepsarecool fame added, “Can I add one more? Check your grammar and spelling. I have literally seen managers automatically reject an application if there is even one spelling error. ‘If you don’t have the time to check your spelling, you don’t have the time for an interview.’ I know it seems harsh, however when you are competing for just one spot, managers tend to lean toward someone who takes their application seriously.”
Practice these seven communication skills. Practice with friends. Practice at home.
Practice will help to ease your stress-levels when you’re applying for a job.
These seven skills are not a guarantee that you will get a job, but if you don’t use these skills, I can almost guarantee that you will not get a job.