Monday, November 30, 2015

Tips when looking for a job

I have been actively looking for a job for about 1 month now and inactively for about 1 year, and let me tell you what I have learned about this process:

1. Personnel leasing companies should be illegal; they are absolute leaches and even in Russia they are against the Law, but here in Germany they are allowed to operate and ruin the job market. I have applied for jobs through them several times and I have come to the conclusion that they are basically lying, thieving criminals and they should go to jail.
Not only do they lie about what jobs they have but they also lie about how much you will actually get paid because the rest of the money goes in their pocket. I HATE THOSE LEACHES!!!
2. Make sure you apply to everything that looks even remotely interesting, because after you have applied to 30 jobs you might get 2 invitations to come in and discuss employment—those odds really suck ass. It's worse than the lottery; I'm just saying.

3. If you are unsure about whether or not you can do the job, then call and ask questions before sending your application or resume. I called and spoke to people from almost every job I applied to, and it was always a friendly experience. It also gave me a heads up whether or not the job was right for me.

4. Everybody wants the best and the brightest and the youngest with years of experience. But, they will take you íf you can sell yourself and promise them that your child won't be sick every 5 minutes. However, if your child does get sick, you have grandma, grandpa or the dog to watch said kid. It takes a village; just let them know you have one.

5. Set your hopes high but your standards low.
I'm I'm not
When I first started looking for a job my goals were to only work from 8-4 or even from 7-4 but I have slowly come to understand that nobody gives a crap what I want. My dream work hours would be 7:30-4:30 but I don't see it happening.
6. Don't be afraid. There is nothing to be afraid of when you are going into a job interview (unless you are applying for a job as a partner in a law firm; then chances that the person sitting in front of you is just like you and might even be nervous are slim to none). If not, then show no fear.
Be confident but not a cocky dick see what I did there?. Nobody likes a know-it-all.

7. Check out the company before you go to the interview. (Here's another thing about those bastards from the personnel company; they don't tell you who the company is until you have an appointment.) I found out that the company that I was applying to does fracking and while I will not chain myself to a greenpeace boat, I do have a problem with fracking. You ever see a flame shoot out of a faucet? You want to?
8. Make sure you figure out on google maps where the address is from said company and check out nearby parking. I made the mistake of not doing that for the first interview that I went on and walked for 30 minutes in heels. By the time I got there, I had blisters all over and then had to walk back. Now I put my chucks in my purse so that never happens again.

9. Ask yourself what you want to do and why you want to do it. Do you need a job to pay the bills? Will you be okay working in an office or do you like to be in the field? Does it have to fulfill your destiny and give you meaning to live or are you okay with having nice people to work with and not taking your job home at night? Of course, I would love to be creative everyday but I also want to pay my bills and be home on weekends. I have my priorities and those are my family and being able to eat so knowing that helps me when looking.

10. It's always easier to get a job when you already have one. If you want to work for a certain company but they don't yet have the job opening, apply for something else. Most companies give out their jobs as internships, so take the job, wait three months and then start applying for a job inside of the company. I started out as a stocker at 20 hours per week and 3 months later I was a full time stockroom supervisor.

So, these are my tips but feel free to let me know if you have anymore for me.

Talk to you later,

1 comment:

Julia said...

You are absolutely right, If I had a job for my skills then I would be bossing people around and eating all day.

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