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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Things I've Learned While Job Hunting

For those of you who don't follow me on Twitter, I'm looking for a part-time job. This is going to sound terrible, but since I haven't found any activities on campus that I absolutely love, I figured it would be best to try and make some money. Besides, I've never actually had a boss (I've always been a freelancer, including here on this blog), and I think it's about time I learn how to report to someone.

I've learned a couple of things about job hunting since I've started the process. Hopefully this information will be helpful to other first time part-time job hunters.

If you're rude to the person who is interviewing you, you're not going to get the job. Saying "please" and "thank you" is dying out, but you must be saying them when you're trying to get hired. Stand up when the interviewer walks into the room, and don't be on your phone at any point during the process.

There is no reason to lie to your future employer. If you don't have experience in something, that's fine! Admit it and say you'd like to learn that. Or explain how your other experiences help you with that skill. For example, I have never taken an order for a party of twelve, but I have dealt with a room full of preschoolers. Both require patience and multitasking skills. 

Make sure you ask your interviewer questions. While they may be looking to see if you are a good fit for them, you need to make sure you want to work for them. Why is this place hiring, anyways?

If you're anyone but yourself in an interview, you'll come across as really fake. Put on your best face, but don't put on an artificial one. This sort of goes along with "be honest", but it's more than that. Don't try to become the person you think the interviewer wants you to be. Be yourself, and if you're the right fit for the job, it will become clear to both of you. 


  1. I hope you find something soon, it can be such a frustrating time! I think being patient is a big one too! Good luck with the search, I think being a blogger looks great on a CV, so many skills learnt from it :)

    Hayley-Eszti |

    1. That is really true, I should have mentioned patience! Being a blogger looks amazing on a CV, I had a really good interview today where I got asked a lot about my blog.
      Thanks for reading!

  2. I think it's great that you are getting a part time job to pass some time and get money at the same time. I honestly think more people should do that to get different life experiences. Best wishes on your search!

    Kindness is the best accessory,

    1. Thank you so much! I'm quite excited about the whole ordeal.



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