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Most jobs aren’t advertised, as most employers would prefer to fill the position without the hassle of interviews. The best way to be considered for a job is to be known. Some places don’t even know they want to hire anyone, but may do so after you impress the hell out of them.
If you have the luxury, approach people who are in the line of business that you are interested in and try to establish a relationship. Initially look for a mentor. Get advice from people working in that sector. Seek out a mentor. Ask if they mind if you job shadow, observe, or work for free for experience. They may offer you a job, or recommend you to a colleague who is looking for someone. Word of mouth is important in most circles I have traveled. At the very least you may get a decent field specific reference. They may also give you leads on unadvertised jobs. Some people want to hire but are just too busy to go through the process.
It doesn’t hurt to drop off resumes, but it’s a faceless process that rarely yields results. A lot of places advertise because they have to, even though they already know who they are going to hire.
Volunteer with your spare time (assuming you have some). Volunteer work shows a lot about your character and looks good on a resume.
Employers generally want someone who is going to show up on time everyday, put in a good days work, ask the right questions, not make work for them, and get along with the other staff, so anything you can do to relay that you are that person will help.
On a related note, remember that you write your own references through your actions and interactions. Most people don’t realize this.
Really, applying anywhere that may be hiring. After you submit your initial application, keep calling. Once you get an interview, give them a letter/card to express your appreciation for their time. After that, call them every once in awhile and let them know you are still interested.
Stay on top of it though. Don’t forget to call. My employer actually marks next to the application whether or not the applicant is competitive.
I am just finishing up school, I am about to be a level 1 machinist. Usually, I’d go on an try to get an apprenticeship, but I am doing a different program in the fall. Mechatronic (robotic) engineering.
I have from April-Sept, with nothing to do (except a few family vacations) and my mom is starting to bug me to get a job (I still live at home). I was hoping to get a job at the old place I worked, but I never got hours. I may get some in the summer. I know my mom just wants me out and doing something, she doesn’t want me sitting at home all day.
So, I have found this organization, Habitat for Humanity, which is a place you can volunteer and build houses. I’m waiting to hear back from them, because they are beginning to work on a new project near my house. I’ve already contacted them, and I can work for them, but right now they are still prepping stuff to get started, but once they do I can help out (I also have to wait till I finish school (April 5th), and then I can help with whatever).
Basically, I need a summer job. Preferably one where I can build things, or learn something new.