Advice to Students seeking Employment
Over the years of running my business "Your Night Out Ltd" I
have received more resumes, CV's and general job applications
then I can remember. Some of which have impressed me so much
that they resulted in employment, some made me laugh in my seat
and made me vow never to give this person a job - ever! If you
were one of the unlucky ones you may not know what you have been
doing wrong and it is unlikely that refusing employers will tell
you. The chances are you will just keep making the same mistakes
over and over and wonder how your lucky friends keep landing
their perfect jobs.
With my industry being the nightlife industry aimed at the
student market, I want to give some advice to students seeking
employment. What I am going to tell you is not straight from the
classroom but from my everyday experience as an employer.
Firstly, as an employer and I can't speak for everyone, I like
it when people email or phone me about jobs. Some people think
that they have to wait for a position to be advertised but
expressing an interest doesn't do any damage. Advertising for a
job for an employer (especially a student job which may not be
that skilled) is usually the last resort so get in there and let
them know your name.
When you approach your potential employer be polite and throw in
a few compliments. Most business owners have egos the size of
mountains so maybe mention that you saw an ad campaign they did
or like a promotion you saw. This will get you on the right
side, as business owners have a lot of stress to deal with
during the day, a compliment or an interest in the business goes
a long way.
Secondly, be polite and don't ask about the pay. That's a major
turn off for me, you'll be surprised how many emails I get which
just say "Hi, I want to work for you please tell me the pay" No
joke these people actually expect a job. Try and write a nice
informative, polite letter and let the employer tell you the pay
if they are interested. Attaching a CV is not always necessary,
but make the email informative and as personal as possible.
There is a fine balance between being too slack with your
grammar and sounding like a robot. Employers like humans with
charisma and ultimately people they can get along with.
Thirdly, if you get the call from them and have to meet for an
interview, never ever be late and always try and arrive before
the employer if it is a mutual meeting ground. Be confident but
don't be arrogant if the employer feels that he/she will get fed
up of you in the first week then you won't be accepted.
Finally, if you get the job usually it's the small things that
make the difference with the employer. Stay behind 5 minutes at
the end to help tidy up or help out with things that aren't in
your job description. These small things will make the employer
think you are there for the benefit of the company and will put
you in good stead for the long run.
So that's it, perseverance is also the key; there are many jobs
out there and many businesses for you to try. Usually if an
employer feels that they like you and could work with you, you
are nearly there. Now good luck and go and impress the hell out