Since the start of the school year, many of you have visited my office to discuss your difficulty in finding a job. I’ve repeatedly explained that due to the economy, the job market is extremely tight.
As a high school student, it may be even more challenging for you because you are now competing with more experienced and more educated adults who are now settling for the jobs that students typically work. Employers have a large pool of applicants to choose from so they are more selective when hiring.
An article in yesterday’s Atlantic City Press is a perfect example of why you may be having a difficult time finding a job. I know that some of you don’t usually read the newspaper, but I strongly encourage you to read the article about the casino industry’s recent job cuts.
To compete in the job market, you are going to have to step up your game! How do you do that?
- Don’t dress like a typical student; wear a jacket, dress, shoes, or tie
- Turn off the slang and speak in a business manner
- Submit a resume with EVERY application (online and paper)
- Use the internet to research the company that you’re applying for
- Network! Network! Network! Tell everyone that you know that you’re looking for a job (family friends, teachers, coach, etc..)
- Consider volunteering – Volunteering can lead to a paid job opportunity
- Earn honor roll grades in school and attach a copy of your report card to your applicaiton- this will show employers that you are a serious minded student- Good students are hired quicker than students who are failing classes-
Ability is what you’re capapble of doing…
Motivation determines what you do…
Attitude determines how well you do it.
—-Lou Holtz (if you don’t know him…Google him)