Define and prioritize your employment goals. Do you want to gain experience in a certain type of business or industry? Do you need to earn as much cash as possible to pay for a specific amount in expenses? Having realistic goals will narrow down the job search.
Network. Spread the word! Tell your friends, neighbors, and relatives. They may have suggestions you that you haven't thought of, and will have more contacts you can use. There are organizational directories, the Yellow Pages, local newspapers and the Internet to identify prospective employers (monster.com, careerbuilder.com, and snagajob.com which specializes in hourly jobs).
Write a resume
Many job-seekers don't believe that they need a resume because they have not had any significant prior experience. But having a resume to give to the prospective employer shows that you are making an effort into finding a job. Showcase characteristics that the employer should remember. Even if you have no work experience, your resume will still give prospective employers an idea of who you are as a potential worker by describing what your strengths and skills are.
Think about logistics
In other words, y our means of transportation getting to a job should have some consideration. Think about your schedule and how far you're able or willing to travel before you begin applying for jobs. Set some expectations now about how many hours a week you think you can work, how far away, and what kinds of jobs, businesses, and neighborhoods would be within reason.
It is important to fill out forms neatly and thoroughly , typing them when possible. Almost all application are being converted to online versions. This means you will need access to the internet and need to know how to navigate through web sites and keyboard functions. Most public libraries have computers and some senior centers offer free classes that are usually open to the public. Also most applications require an email address. There are several free email sites, including Hotmail.com. you can create an email account without having your own onsite computer.
Prepare for interviews
If you’re called in for an interview, help yourself by practicing in advance, and do some research about the company or position, too. Try role-playing : Be the employer and ask some tough questions of yourself (For example: “ Please tell us about yourself, and how your background and experience qualify you for this position”).
Employers look for certain qualities when a job candidate walks in the door. They will look at your attire and, all within seven seconds, studies have shown that much of what they will base their decision on whether to hire you or not, is decided in those first seven seconds and on how well you are dressed. Be well groomed, neatly dressed, communicate clearly, maintain eye contact, have a friendly handshake, and be (or at least act!) confident.
After an interview, send the hiring manager a brief email or letter thanking him/her for their time and let them know how interested you are in the position. The future employer will be impressed!