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Employment Tips


Job Interview Dos and Don’ts

Prepare an answer to the question, “What do you know about our company?” Take extra copies of your resume, any letters of recommendations, or references.

Get Ready.
Make sure you are dressed well - hair should be styled appropriately, cover all tattoos, take out piercings. Don’t smoke before the interview.

Be On Time.
On time means five to ten minutes early. Know how to get there so you don’t get lost. Bring your resume and a pen to take notes.

Stay Calm.
Listen to the entire question before you answer and pay attention - you will be embarrassed if you forget the question. When answering questions avoid using slang or inappropriate language.

Be Attentive.
Give the interviewer 100% of your attention. Turn off your cell phone so you won’t be tempted to glance at it to see if you have new messages, etc.

Do Your Best.
Be confident and don’t complain. Never bring up personal issues, you are there to interview for a job, not tell your life story.

Show What You Know.
When discussing your career accomplishments, match them to what the company is looking for. Be honest about your accomplishments and work experience.

Watch Your Times.
During final interviews, make sure to communicate your available times so you don’t short-change school.

Follow Up.
Always follow-up with a thank you note.

You’re Hired! How to Keep Your Job

  • Always show up to work 100% prepared and ON TIME!
  • When filling out a W-4, make sure you understand the number of dependents that you should claim.
  • Know in advance if you want your paychecks “direct deposit” or if you prefer a printed check.
  • Think about who you want to list as your emergency contacts.
  • Understand your employer’s time off policy. Know how far in advance you must request time off and the correct procedure for doing so.
  • Don’t ask for an excess number of days off. Realize that you may have to work instead of attending an activity and schedule appointments on your day off.
  • Never make or receive personal calls, texts, etc. on work time.
  • Maintain a positive attitude. Always be ready to go above and beyond your job description and help out when needed.
  • Understand that in service industry jobs there may be times when work hours are reduced due to slow business so you may need to find an additional job to supplement your income.
  • Don’t slack off. Try to maintain the attitude, “I’m happy to have a job” and be willing to help and take on more responsibility.
  • If you decide to change jobs or leave a position, make sure to give a timely notice. This may help you get a good job reference when you are ready to transition to a different job.


Ways to Find a Job
If you aren’t employed yet: Check out these websites: More web links can be found on the Youth Links page and in the It's My Move Guide.