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THURSDAY NIGHT SPECIAL: WARNING! YOU HAVE ONLY A SHORT HIRING WINDOW BEFORE ALL OF THE NEWLY LAID OFF SEASONAL WORKERS FLOOD BACK INTO TO JOB MARKET…BEAT THE CROWDS! …

THURSDAY NIGHT SPECIAL: WARNING! YOU HAVE ONLY A SHORT HIRING WINDOW BEFORE ALL OF THE NEWLY LAID OFF SEASONAL WORKERS FLOOD BACK INTO TO JOB MARKET…BEAT THE CROWDS!

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  • 1. 26 DECEMBER 2013 THURSDAY NIGHT SPECIAL WARNING! YOU HAVE ONLY A SHORT HIRING WINDOW BEFORE ALL OF THE NEWLY LAID OFF SEASONAL WORKERS FLOOD BACK INTO TO JOB MARKET…BEAT THE CROWDS! ACT NOW! SEEK OUT EVERY “APPLY IN PERSON” AD THESE EMPLOYERS NEED (WANT) TO HIRE TODAY!
  • 2. From the desk of Walt U. Thinkimeant Ph.D. I NEED TO GET A JOB TODAY! In about two weeks, your ability to go out and get a job that pays a descent wage will be inidated by the sea of displaced, seasonal workers who will roll over your job search like the Great Asia Tsamani of 2005. You will be sweep up and cast to the bottom of the employer barrow – as they all have an advantage over you…there were currently employed. Current employment makes them six times more hireable than you according the US Department of Labor and from the MIT Study (last summer) which showed that employers would much rather hire before than are or who have left a job only a matter of weeks ago. These workers have current work history and current work history ,mean “NO RISK.” Employment Hiring has always been a matter of risk to an emplomer in that the employer does not know you, does not know if your unemployment was/is due to the economy or was it due to you and your work style…it’s not like they are your cousin and that can call Auntie Sue to find out. Like a modern day, Employment Noah, I have been warning you about the coming flood (and to those brave souls who have bit the bullet and got a
  • 3. job in the past weeks…Congratuations! ) and many have turned a deaf ear like the old fable of the “Grasshopper and the Ant.” Now that it is starting to rain newly laid of workers and as jobs start to dry up (as employers are now awaiting for the flood and with it,their ability to cherry pick the best applicatants at newly reduced, lower wages…because these displaced workers and their families have gotten use to a regular pay check and will do anything…anything…to keep it coming in) what are you going to do? YOU STILL HAVE A VERY SMALL WINDOW…But, you must now become a dyamo and step up your effort to your “A” Game. If you are seriously wanting to get a job without having tens of thousands of people (500 per job posted) trying to take it away from you, then, you will need to spruce yourself up, put on your walking shoes and start knocking on doors to talk you way into having an educated conversation with a manager or owner of local companies. You do this by tracking down job leads that say “APPLY IN PERSON” or “CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT.” These are the only jobs other than
  • 4. LOCALIZED JOB SEARCHING (better known as Old Schooling it) that you want to do right now – if you REALLY need (no, want) a job. “APPLY IN PERSON” at this stage means that the employer understands that in a couple of weeks they can get you for a fraction of what they will pay today because of supply and demand but, they so need someone that they are going to bite the bullet and hire a serious person* now. They don’t want to see a resume! They want…they need to see you and know that you are serious enough in wanting “THEIR” job that you can in person and sat in their lobby for an hour to talk with them. In fact, anyone who wants a resume now is waiting for the flood and you just wasted a lot of the little bit of time you have to get a job in the next couple of weeks. The only exception to this would be companies like HMS HOST. HMS HOST tells you to apply online and if that is all you do, then, you will never get an interview with them. THEY NEVER PULL APPLICATIONS FROM THEIR WEBSITE UNLESS YOU ARE THE IRON CHEF AND ARE WILLING TO WORK FOR MINIMUM WAGE; doesn’t mean that they will hire you then…they may just want to see what is wrong with you. With them, you need to bite the bullet on this if you want this job and really “GO OLD SCHOOL” after you apply online, look up their HR Office over at TERMINAL THREE at Sky Harbour Airport, and get yourself spruced up in your best AZ Casual Clothes (Trim any facial hair or shave…they are nice people but, they are old school too) and go over and introduce yourself while asking them to pull your application. If you impress them with your personality, availability and your motivation, they will.
  • 5. * SERIOUS MEANS: YOU KNOW THE MENU, YOU KNOW THE COMPANY, THAT YOU COME DRESSED READY FOR WORK & IMPRESS UPON THEM WHY YOU WOULD BE A GREAT EMPLOYEE... By showing up uneducated, you are insulting the employer and they will know that you didn’t really want THIS JOB from the very start of the interview…they needed you to want THIS JOB not any job…these interviews usually end with “Thank you very much…we will let you know…” TIPSTER: KNOW AND TALK ABOUT THE COMPANY AND EXPLAIN HOW YOU FIT INTO WHO THEY ARE AND WHAT THEY DO...If your biggest selling point is that you need a job because Burger King didn't hire you; you are in trouble and it would be better not go embarrass yourself and insult the employer...they told you to be serious or not come over. Are you serious? Are you willing to invest 10-15 minutes to get a job? If so...employers will want to talk to you! TIPSTER: “OLD SCHOOL” = Fill out the application completely. Do your homework: Who are they? What do they do? Why do they do it? Spruce yourself up and go over between 2-4PM to drop of the application and impress them with your “A” Game. TIPSTER: It will be tempting to take the lazy way out. Call and ask “Are you Hiring?” Problem is…did the person who answered the phone know? The usual answer is “NO!” The smart way is to go over there and talk to the manager, impress them with you “A” Game (What you know and how you look). If you don’t get hired, get their card and make a courtesy call once per week (2-4 PM Wed/Thurs) to let them know you are still interested… Betcha, they will remember you when you call and when the first person quits?
  • 6. Grassroots Kitchen & Tap is opening our second location 20th & Camelback in the Town & Country Shopping Center (Next to Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and Chris Bianco's Italian Restaurant). 2119 E Camelback Road Phoenix, AZ 85016. We are scheduled to open January 20th and will host a job fair from January 4th to January 8th. Interview times will start at 10AM and go until 4PM. We are interviewing for ALL positions: COOKS, PREP COOKS, DISHWASHERS, SERVERS, BARTENDERS AND GREETERS. Kitchen staff can expect 35-40 hour work weeks with Summer Vacation Pay and Holiday Bonuses. Starting pay starts between $10-$12 per hour. DON'T WAIT FOR JOB FAIR!!!! All applicants are encouraged to apply early at the original Grassroots in Scottsdale, located at 8120 N Hayden Rd. (NW corner of Hayden & Via De Ventura). These interview times are held between 2-4PM. TIPSTER: This is not their first venue. They have a track record that you can use to educate yourself and be able to impress them that you a serious candidate. This is NOT hard. It does take a little time to do the research but, why wouldn’t you want to invest 20 minutes in your own future and give yourself the advantage in actually getting this job. A serious candidate
  • 7. would be able to answer questions like “What is a Chef Meal?” A serious candidate would find a way out their other location to get a job today instead of waiting for all the crowds to line up on job fair day. On your way over would be a good time to study the menu (you did print it out didn’t you?) and committ that to memory because a serious candidate would know that the largest part of training you (and how quickly they can put you to work) is by how quickly you learn the menu…So, if you already know the menu wouldn’t they be smart to hire you over the other applicants who didn’t understand how important that was to the employer. GIVE YOURSELF EVERY ADVANTAGE YOU CAN! START HERE: http://www.grassrootsaz.com/ HINT: Might be smart to pull up their consumer and critical reviews on YRLP and in the New Times. ------------------------------------ Long before the sandwiches were toasted and cookies were on the straws, there was a young couple who owned an antique shop. This quirky shop of memories was doing well, but the determined pair knew they could always do better. http://www.potbelly.com/Company/OurStory.aspx IF YOU ARE SERIOUS ABOUT WORKING FOR THEM… Start here with this video: http://www.potbelly.com/Company/careers.aspx Potbelly is hiring at our 20/Camelback (apply online at www.potbelly.com)
  • 8. A SALARY WORTH APPLYING FOR $8-12/HR. BASED UPON EXPERIENCE Associate A Potbelly Associates job is to make our customers really happy. Since they are the primary point of customer contact, it is up to them to provide our customers an excellent experience by providing fast, friendly and efficient service and by delivering a quality and consistent product every time...  CityScape, 1 East Washington Street, Suite 170, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (6 Openings)  20th & Camelback, 2131 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016 (1 Openings)  7th and McDowell, 534 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85003 (6 Openings)  Rural and Broadway, 1717 S. Rural Rd. Suite 102, Tempe, AZ 85281 (1 Openings)  Scottsdale, 13610 N. Scottsdale Rd. Suite 103, Phoenix, AZ 85254 (2 Openings)  Sonora Village, 15641 N. Hayden Rd Suite B1/B3, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (16 Openings) http://www.potbelly.com/Company/CareerOpportunities.aspx Associate- Backline Coordinator The Backline Coordinator manages and organizes backline business while monitoring shop trends with a focus on People, Customers, Sales and Profit. When not focused on Backline Coordinator responsibilities, he or she may also be assigned to other Associate duties within the shop.  CityScape, 1 East Washington Street, Suite 170, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (3 Openings)  20th & Camelback, 2131 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016 (1 Openings)
  • 9.  Scottsdale, 13610 N. Scottsdale Rd. Suite 103, Phoenix, AZ 85254 (1 Openings)  Sonora Village, 15641 N. Hayden Rd Suite B1, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (4 Openings) http://www.potbelly.com/Company/CareerOpportunities.aspx Associate- Food Prep An Associate in charge of Food Prep will be in charge of just that slicing and prepping meats, cheeses, and vegetables so we are ready to make sandwiches and salads for our customers. When not focused on Food Prep, he or she may also be assigned to other Associate duties within the shop. Essential...  CityScape, 1 East Washington Street, Suite 170, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (2 Openings)  7th and McDowell, 534 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85003 (3 Openings)  20th & Camelback, 2131 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016 (1 Openings)  Scottsdale, 13610 N. Scottsdale Rd. Suite 103, Phoenix, AZ 85254 (3 Openings)  Sonora Village, 15641 N. Hayden Rd Suite B1, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (4 Openings) http://www.potbelly.com/Company/CareerOpportunities.aspx Musician Music has been an important part of the Potbelly experience since we first opened in 1977, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Our musicians’ positive energy and great song selection make our customers really happy. We love popular tunes of the 70s, 80s, and 90s and today performed with an upbeat vibe...  CityScape, 1 East Washington Street, Suite 170, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (4 Openings)
  • 10.  7th and McDowell, 534 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85003 (2 Openings)  20th & Camelback, 2131 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016 (1 Openings)  Rural and Broadway, 1717 S. Rural Rd. Suite 102, Tempe, AZ 85281 (2 Openings) http://www.potbelly.com/Company/CareerOpportunities.aspx --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- How it All Began A quiet antique store turns into happening sandwich shop http://www.potbelly.com/Company/OurStory.aspx IF YOU WANT TO GET HIRED: If you really want these jobs, you must be forewarned that the application is only the first step. You must “GO OLD SCHOOL” by going over to the applied store and impressing them enough to pull your application off the website. So, spruce yourself up to your best AZ Casual that you have (NO SUITS PLEASE UNLESS YOU ARE APPLYING FOR A MANAGER’S JOB!!! They will think that you don’t understand the job or worse, don’t want to work). Put on your walking shoes and get over there between 2-4PM. Start your conversation, “Since I live here in the neighborhood, I thought that I would stop in and introduce myself…I just applied for your _______opening online and I was wondering if I might be able to talk to someone about the position and/or UPCOMING positions at your location?” If the manager or Assistant Manager is NOT in the store, make sure you get their complete name and a number to call them back. That conversation starts: “I dropped in on the _______ to meet you as I live in the neighborhood and I wanted to introduce myself because I applied for your current __________opening and am very interested in it and/or any related openings that might be upcoming. Could you please pull my application and (all in a single breathe) when can I cone talk with you?”
  • 11. NOTE: Do not expect to get hired on the spot...otherwise; they would not need you to fill out an application. Request for an application tells me that they are in no hurry to hire and that they are looking for the perfect applicant. REMEMBER ONLINE APPLICATIONS ARE THE FIRST STEP ONLY! Still take your "A" Game because if you do that, you might just impress them enough with how much you want to work for them by already knowing your menu, the company’s history and having read the reviews, they may not let you walk (because where else are they going to find a better candidate?) and offer you a job...on the spot...THIS IS WHY YOU STILL GO...ROLL de DICE! Take a chance - if you really want the job! If you don’t get hired, get their card and make a courtesy call once per week (2-4 PM TUES/Wed/Thurs) to let them know you are still interested… Betcha, they will remember you when you call and when the first person quits? ============================================================ HMSHOST IS LOOKING FOR OUTGOING, FRIENDLY SMILING INDIVIDUALS FOR OPEN HOST AND HOSTESS POSITIONS Located at our Chelsea's Kitchen restaurant at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. These positions are full-time with set schedules and benefits. Ideal candidates will have prior restaurant experience or customer service related experience. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  • 12. If you are interested in joining our team go to our website www.HMSHost.com to apply Chelsea's Kitchen is looking for Cooks to work at the airport location to start by the 1st of the year. We offer Great Benefits including, set schedules, 2 days off in a row, health, dental, life insurance, free parking, vacation, sick and holiday pay. To apply, go to www.hmshost.com/careers. Select hourly positions, then select AZ and apply for the position If you are interested in joining our team go to our website www.HMSHost.com to apply Critically Important tipster: Listen up! THEY NEVER PULL APPLICATIONS FROM THEIR WEBSITE UNLESS YOU ARE THE IRON CHEF AND ARE WILLING TO WORK FOR MINIMUM WAGE; doesn’t mean that they will hire you then…they may just want to see what is wrong with you. You need to bite the bullet on this if you want this job and really “GO OLD SCHOOL” after you apply online, look up their HR Office over at TERMINAL THREE at Sky Harbour Airport, and get yourself spruced up in your best AZ Casual Clothes (Trim any facial hair or shave…they are nice people but, they are old school too) and go over and introduce yourself while asking them to pull your application. If you impress them with your personality, availability and your motivation, they will.
  • 13. One last thing, UMOM Campers already know this but, if they hire you, it is based upon how you answer one question (both in what you say but, also, in how you say it). The question ties into motivation for the prep cooks, cashiers, hosts and a combination of motivation tied into you skill set (experience here counts) for the productions cooks and Baristas. You need to go over there with you “A” Game or do not waste the trip! The reason why you may want to do this can be found at www.hmshost.com. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- EXP'D FENCE MASONS AND TENDERS? IF SO, CALL 602-828-2076 Pay depends on experience: Mason $14.00 and up - Labor $12.00 and up You must pass drug test - e-verify. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY - CALL 602-453-1808 Drilling company is looking for motivated individuals who are hardworking and reliable to fill a full time helper position. No experience is necessary. This is a very labor intensive position working outside from 8-12 hours most days. Must have a valid driver license and a clean MVR. Applicants must be willing to travel. CDL and OSHA 40hr trained a plus but not required. Competitive wages and benefits. Call 602-453-1808. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- EXPERIENCE IS DESIRED BUT NOT REQUIRED IF YOU'RE AWESOME * The Vig is looking for some support staff. Our ideal candidates have personality, intelligence, a strong work ethic, and great sense of humor. For our food runner position you must be able to multi task and communicate well with
  • 14. your coworkers. For our host position you must smile! It should be your favorite. We are offering full and part time for both positions. Experience is desired but not required if you're awesome. Please no phone calls or popins during peak hours. https://www.facebook.com/viguptown (APPLY BETWEEN 2-4 PM ONLY!) The Vig Uptown, 16th St at Bethany Home Road * HOW TO BECOME AWESOME: READ OUR PREVIOUS TIPSTERS ABOUT HOW TO PREPARE AND TAKE YOUR "A" GAME...IT'S WORTH THE READ IF YOU WANT TO BE SEEN AS SERIOUS AND/OR AWESOME… ----------------------------------------------------------- HIRING CASHIERS Flexibility around School Hours. No Late Night Hours. Open availability to work days, early nights and weekends. Have/obtain Food Handlers Card. zpizza is a small gourmet, organically focused pizza restaurant that uses fresh, premium ingredients, including organic wheat flour, organic marinara, and unique & fresh vegetables to create a gourmet experience on a quick casual level. We are not fast food pizza. We use a real oven; prep many of our items daily, including a few sauces, our dough and a variety of toppings. We have two stores in the downtown Phoenix area and are owned locally. APPLY IN PERSON WITH YOUR “A” GAME (2-4PM) 53 W. Thomas Road (West on Thomas about 2 blocks off of Central Ave on the south side) 111 W. Monroe Street (1st Ave & Monroe in downtown Phoenix) Are you experienced as a 3rd-2nd key in retail or food? Interested in Assistant Manager Training @ zippa? COME OVER AND INTRODUCE YOURSELF…IMPRESS US! ----------------------------------------------
  • 15. FINDING YOUR WAY HOME AFTER PRISON - UPDATE ISSUE Over the years, we have worked with many job seeking consumers that were trying to find a way to come back home and to start their life over. It is a hard process because we live in a society that fears their return and out of that blind fear; society seeks to control or banish you. Society has forgotten that they are your next door neighbor, your cousins; your own children or those they are someone else’s child from here in our community. SPECIAL ISSUE LISTING EMPLOYERS, TIPS AND SOLUTIONS TO GETTING HIRED EVEN THOUGH YOU HAVE THE "F" WORD TATTOOED ON YOUR FOREHEAD. BROUGHT TO YOU FOR FREE BY THE AUNTIE SUE & UNCLE BOB USED JOB SHACK VIEW OR DOWNLOAD HERE: http://www.slideshare.net/fredgwest1999/go-home2-3 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------- FREE JOB BOARD OF REAL JOBS FOR REAL WORKING PEOPLE… http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Auntie-Sue-Uncle-Bobs-USED-4550443?trk=my_groups-b-grp-v Click on “SEARCH” if you are not already a member of LinkedIn to see all the jobs in their proper order. Job Books E-book capable…NEW JOBS POSTED DAILY…INSIDE INTEL…FREE!
  • 16. GOING FORWARD WITH A NEW YEAR’S JOB SEARCH… “HERE ARE SOME IMPORTANT TIPS, SUGGESTIONS AND SKILLS YOU NEED TO KNOW…” From the desk of Walt U. Thinkimeant Ph.D. LOOKING FOR JOBS IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES… Dr. Thinkimeant is a world leading authority in the seeking employment in the current job market and is well known and respected down at the local Unemployment Office.
  • 17. The current labor market is a mine field of bad advice; outdated information and a sea full people who are willing to share their own formula on how to get a job. At the library, you will find 5000 book on the perfect resume. Can they all be right? Is your Uncle Herman’s advice solid and worth following even though he has been on disability since 1972? Is your dad’s advice on “…getting off your duff, putting on your walking shoes and start knocking on doors!” a good suggestion? Actually, you dad has it partially right but, for all the wrong reasons. He thinks you need to be more pro-active, to get out there and meet people and to make the process of getting a job, your number one priority. That part of what your dad said is correct and right on the mark. When people come to see me about getting a job, I can quick determine how successful or how difficult their job search will be; by asking a short series of direct question(s) that involve the whys, the where’s and the how’s of the actual search that they have already done. If a person tells me that they are serious about work but, (when pressed to go beyond the pat answer of “a lot!”) have only a few companies that they have applied for, don’t remember what the requirements were for the jobs they applied for, that they did an online application with no further follow up; and if the answers that they gave me fills up less than a page, there is very little that I can do to help them. RULE # ONE (The Right Attitude): You need to be dead serious about getting a job. You need to have total committed to doing everything that you need to do, spending ever how long you need to achieve success. If you are not, then, you will never do any of these things and you will have an extremely hard time finding work. You need to care about yourself and be
  • 18. doing this for yourself. If you are not willing to give yourself a 1000% commitment, then, how can you expect anyone else to do more? RULE # TWO (URBAN MYTH 1): I need a resume to apply for jobs and I since I don’t have one, then I can’t start looking for work! OK…Who told you that you need a resume? Depending upon what type of job, what industry you are applying for will determine if you even need a resume. In some industries, applying for certain kind of (entry level) jobs, a resume (or worse yet…a good resume) is a kiss of death. Don’t believe that? Then, you have bought into one of the biggest urban myths that there is. Remember, a resume does not hire you; a person hires you after they meet with you and are impressed by your knowledge of the job, your knowledge about their company and (after) you have demonstrated your commitment to getting that job. RULE # THREE (URBAN MYTH 2): I don’t need to custom make a new application for each job because that is a lot of work and/or I have a very good resume already. The reality is that eight out of ten applications (made by people with a killer resumes) never showed the required skills that the employer needed. Why is this? Each of those eight people decided that it was too much effort to custom design their application to show the employer that they did have the required skills. Or worse yet, they felt that the employer would be able to dig through their resume/application to discover all of those skills. The one excuse that I love is “Don’t you know that is what a _____ does?” The real world answer to that is “NO.”
  • 19. The key to remember here is that all that an employer knows about you is what you put on the application. The employer does not know you; you are not their cousin and they will not have the time to find out about all the skills and abilities that you left out of your application or your one-sizefits-all resume. The other problem with that one-size-fit-all resume is that you believe in its magical powers to open any door, soften any employer’s heart and get you any job; so you send it out to over 400 companies. Sending out massive amounts of generic applications that are wrong (onesize-fits-all) or that doesn’t match what the company was hiring for is the surest way to turn your job search into a failed mission…a disaster that could result in your shutting yourself off from future consideration of getting hired. Remember once the incorrect information is out there you can’t take it back. Sadly now you have 400 places that you can’t apply at in the future. (END OF PART ONE)
  • 20. From the desk of Walt U. Thinkimeant Ph.D. LOOKING FOR JOBS IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES… (PART 2) In part one we talked about some things that eight out of ten job seekers get wrong. As I said it is a mine field with ancient believes and notions that linger on even though the labor (job seeking) market has drastically changed in the past year or so. Much of the misinformation comes from it being out of date or that the person who is giving you the secrets of success have not been out looking for work in the year or so. Don’t blame them but, do not trust your employment future on what they tell you. We talked about the myth of the one-size-fits-all, killer resume and that its once might power to move heaven and earth to get you a job has waned to the point that it costs eight out of ten people a job. This myth was always over stated and promoted by people who usually made a living at making them or from people who spent a fortune in purchasing one. As the old man said, “you can’t ride a dead horse into town and the onesize-fits-all resume can’t get you hired anymore. OK! If you are the Iron Chef or some corporate type…yea…you still need this mighty beast…as it still welds magical powers in boardrooms across the world. But, then again, if you are reading this then we can assume you ain’t a corporate warrior. Most entry level jobs require an application and many times these are filled out after you have been interviewed and/or hired. Here a resume is a loss leader and can (if you have a killer resume) work against you to the point of you not getting a job. In many occupations a killer resume leads to
  • 21. comment like “you are over qualified for this job”…”you wouldn’t like this job!”…or the worse “…and you applied for this job why?” This is due to the snob factor and/or the related issue of the intimidation factor. If your killer resume is better than the person interviewing you has or worse yet, the person interviewing you doesn’t have a resume; you are not connecting on the peer level and more importantly, it just cost you that job. RULE # FOUR (EXPERIENCE VS. SKILLS): WITH MANY LARGE COMPANIES …it is important to go to their job fair and/or in to the closest office to set down with a real person because the computer system that scans your application is a very bright 6 year old…very smart but, not a lick of logic. Getting selected for an interview is very difficult when the company screens your application with the computer and you do not have the cheat sheet (full job description). OK…YEA! We are talking (in general) about positions that require little or no experience… So why is it difficult? Why should I be worried? You are confusing experience with skills. You are correct that the positions do not require experience but they do (many times) require a lot of skills. (See below): “Previous experience preferred but not required…” SKILLS ARE HIGHLIGHTED…SEE A PATTERN? Job Overview: Responsible for performing general cleaning and upkeep of assigned area within a specific building. Specific tasks are not guaranteed, therefore, must be flexible in performing assigned duties as outlined below. Job Duties*: 1. Empty, clean all waste receptacles and remove waste paper and rubbish from the premises to designated area; damp wipe receptacles as necessary.
  • 22. 2. Empty and clean all ash trays, screen all sand urns supply and replace sand as necessary. 3. Vacuum all rugs and carpeted areas in offices, lobbies and corridors. 4. Hand dust and wipe clean all office furniture, files, fixtures, paneling, window sills and all other horizontal surfaces. 5. Damp wipe and polish all glass furniture tops. 6. Remove all finger marks and smudges from vertical surfaces, to include doors, door frames, around light switches, private entrance glass and partitions. 7. Wash, clean and disinfect all water coolers. 8. Sweep, with broom, all private stairways, and vacuum if carpeted. 9. Police stairwells and clean or damp mop spillage. 10. Damp mop or clean any spillage in office and public areas as required. 11. Damp dust telephones. 12. Dust all picture frames, charts, graphs and similar wall hangings. 13. Damp dust all ceiling air conditioning diffusers, wall grilles, register and other ventilating louvers. 14. Dust the exterior surfaces of lighting fixtures, including glass and plastic enclosures. 15. Keep slop sink rooms in a clean, neat and orderly condition. 16. Wipe clean and polish all metal hardware fixtures and other bright work. 17. Dust and/or wash all directory boards as required, remove fingerprints and smudges. 18. Clean entrance door glass inside and outside. 19. Sweep or dust mop floors. 20. Sweep or damp mop outside entrance areas. 21. Properly clean and buff tile floor services as needed.
  • 23. 22. Follow all safety and personnel rules and regulations. *Job duties may be modified at any time. Essential Job Functions/Qualifications: 1. Ability to clean 4,500 square feet per hour, which includes walking, standing, reaching, stooping, bending and lifting. 2. Ability to work with other crew members and be able to take direction from Supervisor. 3. Must be able to perform all physical aspects of the above job duties. 4. Previous experience preferred but not required. ------------------------------------------------------------ BREAKDOWN: 8 - GENERAL CLEANING TERMS: performing general cleaning and upkeep - Clean - Wash, clean and disinfect - Empty, clean - Empty and clean remove waste QUESTION: Have you ever done any of these things while working at your jobs? 9 - DUSTING: Hand dust and wipe - Damp wipe and polish - Damp dust - Dust - Damp dust - Dust - Wipe clean and polish - wipe - Dust and/or wash QUESTION: Have you ever done any of these things while working at your jobs? 8 - FLOOR CARE: clean or damp mop - Damp mop or clean - Sweep or dust mop - Sweep or damp mop - clean and buff - Sweep, with broom Vacuum - vacuum QUESTION: Have you ever done any of these things while working at your jobs? 2 - MISC.: Follow all safety and personnel rules and regulations - Ability to clean 4,500 square feet per hour
  • 24. QUESTION: Have you ever done any of these things while working at your jobs? ======================================================================= TIPSTER: Did I ask you how many times that you did these things? Did I ask if that was the primary focus of the job? Did I ask for a breakdown of how much of your day was spent doing these? THE ANSWER TO EACH IS NO. The computer will be scanning your application for these words. The more times that the computer finds these words/phrases, the better your chances of getting an interview. So are these words in your job description(s)? SO ALWAYS USE THE FULL JOB DESCRIPTIONS. READ THEM SEVERAL TIMES…TEAR THEM APART. PULL OUT ALL OF THE REQUIRED SKILLS AND THEN, GO THROUGH EACH OF YOUR JOBS AND MATCH UP WHAT THEY NEED AND WHAT YOU HAVE DONE… THAT’S ONLY IF YOU REALLY WANT THIS JOB? TIPSTER: The reason you need to do this is because a computer will scan your application to see if you have the required skills. The computer does not reason nor does it understand that what you did was the same thing – unless you tell it. The computer is like a six year old (bright but stupid in using logic). You need to be using the company’s key words and even the way they phrased the requirements. Only people who have done this will be selected by the computer to be reviewed by a real person. Don’t be like the computer, use common sense in filling out the application correctly. APPLICATION COMMON SENSE:  Most required skills will be general in nature.  Do not over complicate this! Customer Service is Customer Service if I am in retail or if I am an auto mechanic. REALLY! What is Customer
  • 25. Service? Isn’t it making sure that you customer has what they need and that they are happy with that? SEEZ!  Operating a cash register at the repair shop is no different than at any other store. Realize that if you have the basic operation down pat then you are good to go – as every store has a different system on which they will need to train you…if you have the basics.  They are looking for skills and your ability to perform certain duties. They are not asking you how many times you actually did something but, rather, do you have the ability to do the task. If the job is riding a bicycle, do they really care where you learned to ride the bicycle or do they care if you know how to? SEE!  They are not asking you how many times you do an actual task. Only the government will ask you to do that kind of breakdown to what fraction of time per day did you perform each task.  REPEAT RULE #2.  Do not assume that the computer (or for that fact an employer) will understand every aspect of your job and realize that they will not connect the dots for you. That is not their job, it is yours! If you really want the job connect the dots (match up your skills with their requirements).  Understand that this is required to get the job and that the more time you spend to do a quality application the better you chances are of getting called for an interview. Volume does not count especially if they are done incorrectly. There is no such thing as close in applications…this is not a game of horseshoes, it is your future, your ability to get a job and return your life to normal. Many ads do not post a job description or only a fraction of one. This is why it is hard to get selected here (online). You have no way of knowing what their computer is scanning your application for. If you do not match
  • 26. up the words and phrases that the computer is searching for, you do not get selected to have a real person look at your application (that is why their job fairs are critical and so much easier to get hired at). THE SOLUTION IS SEVERAL FOLDS: The HR Department maintains a "FULL" job description (normal several pages long) that they have to compile with the Department of Labor and their Federal Contracts. If you ask nice, they will e-mail, fax you or you can pick up at their HR Office. This is a public record due to their Federal Contracts. Get that and splice, dice and tear it apart...keep all of their phrases and their actual words (this is what the computer was scanning for)...apply liberally to each of YOUR job descriptions...you will see a big difference in your call-back ratio. Short of not having the courage to do this or that you got off on the wrong foot with some HR Staffer having a bad day (it happens!), you need another source. A less effective but, still workable source would be the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (published by the US Dept. of Labor and now online). Look up the job title and you will get many of the same key words but, it will lack some of the helpful phraseology. TIPSTER: (RESTAURANTS/RETAIL) This is a hard one, as there is (many times) no real job description other than you need to “go old school” (apply in person) on them but, you better be well prepped to talk about their menu and what their market niche is (study their reviews on YELP and in the New Times to have something else to talk about @ the interview other than just yourself…if all you got is to talk about is yourself when they ask “why do you want to work for us?” You gonna have the wrong answer and (guess?) you might as well have stayed home and saved a wasted trip because the person who beat you…they did spend 10 minutes to do the
  • 27. research and impressed the employer with how much they wanted to work there. RULE # FIVE (Preferred): Preferred means just that…it is on their Santa List…even then, did the say that they prefer professional experience? Didn’t think so…So say for a dishwasher job…if you grew up poor and have raised a family; the correction answer is: “Yes Sir, I do have experience, in fact, I have been cleaning dishes all my life…” It is important to put this out there…it plants an image…that you can do the job. They want you to have the ability to do this. They are NOT looking for a seasoned professional; they are going to make a decision for this position based upon motivation (why do you want to work for us?) and equally, on your availability to work the days/hours that they need you. If you are a pro…walk up the street one more light and apply at the AZ Biltmore…they will be impressed by your pro experience. (END OF PART TWO) ========================================================================== From the desk of Walt U. Thinkimeant Ph.D. LOOKING FOR JOBS IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES… (PART 3) RULE # SIX: Research…Do your homework): This is the greatest change in the job seeking market. Employers are (especially on entry level jobs) looking for skills and most importantly, they are looking for your motivation in wanting this particular job and/or working for this company. If you answer to either question is “Burger king didn’t hire me…” you are in
  • 28. serious trouble. The employer figures if you are not willing to take 10-15 minutes of your own time to get on the internet to discover “who they are…what they do and why they do it…” then, they probably don’t need you. The reasoning is that if you are not willing to do that for yourself and your future…how can they expect you to care about their company and the work that they need you to do. By showing up uneducated, you are insulting the employer and they will know that you didn’t really want THIS JOB from the very start of the interview…they needed you to want THIS JOB not any job…these interviews usually end with “Thank you very much…we will let you know…” RULE # SEVEN (Reliable Transportation): “Reliable transportation” does not mean “do you have a car?” If you needed a car they would have asked you directly…they want to know you can get to work without calling in because you missed a bus…they do not care if you can get home…that’s on you (if it’s a concern of yours) for picking a job so far away from home or school. RULE # EIGHT (It is easier to get a job if you have a job): Remember what Dr. Hadajob explained that current employment of any sorts (real or volunteer) is critical to going back to work as swiftly as possible. He further explained that this was due to the risk factor that an employer assumes in hiring anyone. For a person who is currently unemployed the risk factor becomes a real issue because at what point where they unemployed due to the economy or because of real barriers or other employment related issues.
  • 29. So the key is to always have the illusion of employment because if you are currently employed, your current employer has already assumed this risk (and since you are still employed, it probably was due to the economy). With the utilization of modern technologies like smart phones (with internet access), I-Pads and android tablets, you can conduct a better job search than you could by beating the hot pavement and due to the employer’s willingness to accommodate you as a professional courtesy to a fellow employer (the desire to not disrupt another employer’s work force); you can actual get a higher level of personalized access (non-work hours) that your fellow, unemployed, job seeker would never be given. Further to this point Dr. Hadajob was a job seeker’s access to Free Job Boards like the Auntie Sue and Uncle Bob Use Job Board: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Auntie-Sue-Uncle-Bobs-USED4550443?trk=my_groups-b-grp-v Dr. Hadajob explained that this was the prefect tool for any currently employed job seeker to utilize to look for and apply for new employment. Dr. Hadajob further illustrated that direct access to that board’s real jobs for real working people, it wealth of Insider INTEL and how it educated the pro-active job seeker to acquire the knowledge needed to gain employment make any job seeker (who learned how to tap into its powerful INTEL) a mighty force in gaining employment. (THIS IS A FREE BOARD TO UMOM CAMPERS) Dr. Hadajob worked the UMOM Campers through the process of traditional applications mixed with calls to each employer to explain that you are currently working and are requesting a reasonable accommodation of interview hours outside of normal working hours.
  • 30. RULE # NINE (I’ll just quit and look for a better job): Not happy with your current job? The better solution is to find a new job. A better job! “Right!” you say. To you this is not a choice as you have no time to look for a job or to go on interviews because you are working and you can’t take time off without getting fired…right? Not necessarily true my friend. Here let us show you several means of doing an off-hours job search and how to arrange evening interviews. While this is not the easiest way to get a new job, it can be made to work for you because your trump card is that you are already working. That is your key. You can use the fact that you are currently employed as leverage to get an employer to meet you outside of normal office hours. The fact that you are working gives you the advantage over the unemployed job seeker and allows you a lot of wiggle room in the application process. You can learn to successfully utilize this to give yourself many privileges and advantages not open to an unemployed job seeker. Most ads say apply in person…do not call…do not send a resume. As an employed job seeker, you can get away with all this and more. Look closer at the ads and they usually say do not call unless you are working elsewhere (otherwise stated as “…if you have a question call…”). Since you are working elsewhere, then, you can call; you can send a resume and/or (even) ask the employer to set an interview time outside of your working hours. The reason why you can do these things is that the employer is a business person who can appreciate your unwillingness to leave your current employer shorthand to go to an interview and they will (if you have the skill set that they are seeking) gladly accommodate your request not so much for you but rather out of respect for your current employer (shoe on the other foot sort of thing).
  • 31. If any employer is unwilling to do this, you might do well to reconsider working for them as they may end up being worse than what you now suffer with. REMEMBER, a new job does not mean automatically a better job. Remember out of the frying pan and into the fire? ------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------From the desk of Walt U. Thinkimeant Ph.D. ASKING ALL THE WRONG QUESTIONS… Remember yet another Urban Employment Myth, “you must always ask a question to show the employer that you are interested in the job…” and how entire classes where devoted to making you seem deep, engaging and maybe a bit witty to boot? It was a cottage industry. It played upon your paranoia and fear that that an employer would assume that you no longer wanted the job unless you were able to ask insightful, challenging and detailed questions based upon the information given by the employer. The whole industry came to be
  • 32. based upon a “what if question” given to a Workforce Guru and being the guru that they were, they saw the potential of making a dime by feeding off the fears of uneducated job seekers. Next came the thesis, then the workshops and this led to the book/workbooks and became so success in its marketing that even employers bought into it (Yea! There was a class to teach employers how to interview…told ya that there was big bucks to be made here!). The REAL truth is that it was a stupid question that became an industry and number two on our list of “Greatest Urban Employment Myths.” This myth ranks up there with the other classical myth of the mystic, magical powers of the killer resume. If you took the time to think this question through you would realize that wouldn’t it be easier to say to the employer: “Hey I am still interested in this job!” What doesn’t make sense about that? Please allow me to badly misquote, the Greatest Workforce Guru, Ms. Christa Cicinelli, to you as a means of showing you how a simple question could become an industry…“Simple, workable solutions will not work in workforce…because they are!” Job seeking campers…STOP…don’t spend those hard earned dollars (that are now in short supply) to get a book or to take a class to be able to say “I am interested in the job.” Just practice with me: “Yes, I am interested in this job.” ======================================================== I’M ONE HIP KITTY! I FOUND MY NEW JOB ONLINE AT THE AUNTIE SUE & UNCLE BOB USED JOB SHACK’S NEW WEBSITE! http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Auntie-Sue-UncleBobs-USED-4550443?trk=my_groups-b-grp-v