This interview gives strategies for getting a promotion at work or for applying to a job that you are interested in. There are several ways for you to get the job you want in today’s struggling economy.
I am currently working as a supervisor at a local furniture factory in the town in which I live. I found this job several years ago with the help of a friend who was working there. I had been searching for a different job for about six months.
The most important thing about the professional job search process is that you need patience. If you begin working for an employer and show that you are willing to work on time, that promotion to a manager or supervisor position is just waiting for you to take. You may have to wait a few months or even a year or two in order to be in a professional position, but after being in the army for four years, I have grown to have patience.
There are more than three pieces of advice I can give about a professional job search, but I believe the first is communication. In order to get the advancement in the job you have now, or to walk in to a job and expect to be hired as a manager, you have to communicate with the staff at the job. Don’t call every day to check on the job you are applying for, but call about twice a week to let them know you are interested in the position. I made the mistake of calling every day on a job that I wanted, and the hiring manager began to ignore my calls and ended up giving the job to someone else. The position I hold now resulted in me looking at the bulletin board at work, and then applying for the job I wanted. Since I already worked at the company, I could converse with my boss until he hired me.
The second piece of advice I could give about searching for a professional job is to keep your information in one place. Any time you apply for a job, keep a record of it in a folder or on your computer. Make a separate folder in the documents listed on the computer and when you do an application, enter the date and the location, as well as the job applied for. Then, add the date you call back about the job and the person you talk to. Make a list of all the phone numbers you need for that company so you do not have to look in the phone book every time you need to call the company. The better organized you are, the more likely it is you will get the job you want.
Lastly, don’t get frustrated. With all of the people out of work now, it is easy to get frustrated with being rejected for a job that you want. Sooner or later, the office staff will see that you are the right person for the job, and you can begin moving up the ladder. Try not to show how upset you are at work. If others see that you are hurt by not getting that promotion on the day you apply for it, then someone else will work harder than you to take that promotion away from you. Talk to the managers in the office and let them know how determined you are to do a good job in the position you are currently in. Be at work ten minutes early to show that you want to be there. The more I came to work early, the more I was able to talk to the men and women in the office, one of whom was the hiring manager. She noticed that I was making an effort, and that led to her making the decision to make me a supervisor.
I have only recently begun keeping a record of the places I searched for jobs. I did not feel it was important to write down every single detail about where I applied and who I talked to. But when I started seeing a variety of positions listed on the bulletin board at work, I wanted to be sure I had my information correct, and I also did not want to apply for the same job twice. When I was younger, I made that mistake. I saw a job posting and went to the company and applied, and then called the same company the following week, only to find out I had applied for the same job. Needless to say, they did not appreciate me wasting their time. I think that keeping up with when and where I have applied for a job has benefited me in that I don’t waste my time looking for something that I’ve already put in an application for. Staying calm and reserved in the job I had before being promoted also benefited me. I didn’t let impatience get the best of me, and I think this allowed me to show my true emotions better than if I were getting angry over being stuck in an endless position.
By: Jarrod Swart