Get a Job
Have you ever wanted to apply for a job, but you just
weren’t sure about it? Or perhaps you didn’t feel
prepared for an interview and you bailed out. Don’t
worry; many teens and adults have gone through this.
Thankfully, there are many teens out there who have
had the experience of being interviewed or have
applied for different jobs.
Our expert Mary Zilge, counselor at the Santa Cruz
County Regional Occupational Program, has some great
tips on preparing yourself before you complete a job
application. Here are some of her tips.
• Find out as much as you can about the job or company.
• Make a resume.
• When you are completing an application make a copy
first and then do a rough draft.
• Make a copy of the completed application and keep it
on file so when you have to fill out another
application most of your data is already gathered.
All right, you filled out the application so now what?
Do you just sit next to the phone and hope that the
next call will be a congratulations and a date to
start your cool new job? Chances are you won’t receive
that call. Instead you should check with the company
every week or so to see if the position you applied
for is still open. That will show that you really want
the job or at least an interview. Once you know that
your potential employer wants to interview you there
will be some do’s and don’ts you may want to follow.
Here are Zilge’s and other teens in Watsonville’s do’s
• Practice being interviewed. You may be asked things
like: What are your skills? What are your strengths
and weaknesses? Are you comfortable working with
others? And so on.
• Maintain eye contact.
• Be polite. Use phrases like, “Hello nice to meet
• Dress to impress and remember to take a shower (no
sandals, no t-shirts with logos).
• SMILE! But don’t make the smile seem forced.
• Insist on the job by calling and even going by a
couple times a week.
• NO GUM!!!!
• Don’t be a stuck up (nobody likes that).
• Don’t be late.
• Don’t lie.
If you want more useful tips there are some websites
If you want to know how to make a resume you may want
to check out www.collegeboard.com or www.groovejob.com. They have
really cool resume tips and samples that may be
useful. And don’t forget to check out your local
library; they carry books that may have some useful
tips for y’all. Now that you have these tips put them
to good use and good luck on your job hunting.