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HOW TO GET A JOB
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JOB-HUNTING TOOLS
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TIME IS MONEY
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THE INTERVIEW
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PROBLEMS & HELP
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LIVING WITHIN YOUR MEANS


How to Get a Job
Job-hunting is all about selling yourself and your skills to the employer. You will be hired because the employer thinks you are the best choice. It's up to you to ‘sell' yourself to your potential employer. That's why I've included a link to www.justsell.com It's a web-site that will teach you all kinds of selling skills, and will help you to value yourself and remain optimistic through the ups and downs of your job search.

The employer judges a number of things about you, such as:

  1. Experience - directly related to your job.
  2. Education - directly or indirectly related to your job.
  3. Attitude - how will you operate within a group?
  4. Special Skills - a common interest, an unusual hobby or sport, a specialized technical/artistic skill of use to the job.
  5. Price - how much does the employer have to pay for you, and how much can you earn the employer in return?
  6. Availability and ability and reliability - is yours a rare skill and are you needed now? Is yours a common skill and, if so, why aren't you working? If s/he hires you, will you be reliable…and how can s/he judge that in advance?
  7. References - are you known to someone trusted by the employer? What do they say about you?
  8. Presentation – what do you think of yourself? How are you dressed? How do you speak? Are you prepared?

You make similar judgments about buying products that an employer makes about ‘buying' your services when s/he hires you! So when you go job-hunting, start to think of yourself as a service you want to ‘package' and ‘sell' to the job market.

Why is a Degree Considered to be so Important?

When it comes to job-hunting, a university, college or technical school degree is like a ‘brand-name' in advertising. It makes you look ‘special'. Dropouts are kind of like the equivalent of ‘no-name' products.

It is hard for your potential employer to decide how capable you are when they look at your education if you don't have a degree. Having a degree - just like seeing a well-known brand name coffee – ‘pre-sells' the employer on the employee. The dropout has to do all of the selling from scratch.

Of course, a person with a degree has also had a chance to learn to do special skills and to practice them theoretically in their studies. Teachers who know the industry have assessed their abilities. And they've had to prove that they could ‘go the distance' and do all the work necessary to get the degree.

The employer looks at them as a ‘proven' worker with a better starting level of skills than that of a dropout.

How can you, as a dropout, offer your potential employer more ‘reasons to choose you'?

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