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Back To Basics

August 12, 2015


Let's “get back to basics” in finding and keeping a job.  What does that even mean?  What ARE “the basics”?   The following is a list of simple ways to find, secure, and keep a job!  You know...the basics!




Sources of job information:


   Your local Business and Career Solutions Center

   Family and friends


   People employed in your field

   Telephone book

   Direct employer contact


Before the interview:


   Learn about the employer

   Know the time and place of the interview

   Know how you can benefit the company

   Know why you want to work for the company

   Dress appropriately and conservatively

   Go alone

   Be on time


During the interview: 


   Be enthusiastic, courteous

   Answer questions clearly, honestly

   Maintain eye contact

   Speak directly to the interviewer

   Tell interviewer why he/she needs you

   Show interest in the job 


After the interview:


   Evaluate the interview

   Send “thank you” letter to employer

   List improvements you should make

   Follow up with a phone call; if you do not get the job, continue your search


Avoid problems on the job by:


   Maintaining a positive attitude

   Dressing appropriately

   Arriving for work on time

   Not overstaying breaks

   Calling in when you are going to be late or absent


Common reasons employers give for firing employees:




   Personality conflicts

   Violating company rules


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