Job Hunting in
When job hunting, think about what it will take to apply and
interview for a job-and what the employer will expect from
both a job candidate and an employee:
- Have all the paperwork necessary to complete an
application and have a neat, easily reviewed
- Make certain that you have a reliable way of getting to
work. If you have children, determine who can safely and
reliably offer child care during your workday.
- Learn about the employer's business. Research the
company on the Internet and check out the company's
Web site (read any "news" items posted on the
- Be ready for the interview. Show your enthusiasm for
the job. Know how to give clear, concise, positive
answers—even to tough questions.
- Dress appropriately and arrive early for the interview.
Clean, well-cared for clothes and personal cleanliness
is a must.
- After the interview, send a short thank-you note to the
interviewer. A handwritten note is best, but if your note
might be delayed because you need to make time to buy
a card, buy stamps, and find a mailbox or post office, then
send a polite e-mail instead. (Thank-you cards should be
sent within 24 hours of the interview.) Regardless of how
the message is delivered, make certain it is friendly and
free of typos. If possible, have a skilled friend read over
the note before it is sent.
When jobs are scarce, you have to be patient-but
persistent. If you interview for a job that you don't get-
don't take it personally. You may not have gotten the job
for reasons that have nothing to do with you. Just keep
believing in yourself and in the dreams you have for your
family and your tribe. If your personal situation will allow
this option, consider taking a no-pay or low-pay internship
position. When jobs do open up, experienced interns are in
an excellent position to be hired full time.
Even in tough times, the investment you made in yourself will pay off in time.