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The first school lesson plan presentation focuses on job hunting. We explain how to successfully look for employment and what to look out for when you're first getting started.

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  1. 1.©Copyright Successfully Navigating the Job Hunt BY DOUG CRAWFORD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
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  3. 3. ©Copyright Mistakes Young Job Seekers Make  Starting a job search too late.  Excluding certain types of jobs.  Job hunting with friends or parents.  Students looking for summer work should start looking in the spring to beat returning college students to the punch.  All work experiences provide ample learning opportunities and look good to both college recruiters and future employers.  Shows immaturity and that perhaps the applicant can’t do things on their own.
  4. 4. ©Copyright Mistakes Young Job Seekers Make  Using unprofessional email accounts.  Not following directions.  Giving up too quickly.  Not networking or asking for help.  Using an account utilizing your first and last name or some variation is always better than cute, funny, or perhaps inappropriate emails in professional settings.  Fill out applications correctly, not quickly. If it says “Apply Online,” “No Phone Calls,” or “Do Not Send Resume”—Do what the employer asks.  Persistence and polite follow ups are key.  Asking for help during a job hunt may be the difference between finding a job and not.
  5. 5. ©Copyright Tailoring Your Job Search  Younger workers should search for jobs that pertain to areas of interest:  For example, interest in animals may lead to work with veterinary offices or pet stores, while a love of children may mean work in a daycare or summer camp.  Local libraries, amusement parks, retail stores, fast food locations, and grocery stores all regularly hire younger workers.  Libraries frequently hire teens as pages, who regularly put books back on shelves  Retail and grocery stores can help foster a love of fashion and food  Fast food jobs actually help pave ways for careers in the restaurant industry  Always consider the possibility of opening your own business  Lawn service, babysitting, or dog walking may help serve your neighborhood or local community
  6. 6. ©Copyright How To Properly Prepare  Depending on state and local laws, younger workers typically need the following when applying for jobs:  Proof of age (birth certificate or photo ID)/ A work permit  Social Security card  Correct & current contact information  References  All references should be made aware the applicant is using them as such and should get the okay to do so.  Set goals  Apply to two places a day  Set a date for when you want to start working  Write them down; it becomes more real
  7. 7. ©Copyright How To Find Available Jobs Who Can Help?  High school guidance counselors  Newspaper want ads  Help wanted signs  Online job boards  Community job boards  Government offices, such as the ETA What To Expect  Be prepared to work  Employers produce work schedules with the expectation that employees work specified hours  Keeping open availabilities typically help find and keep entry-level jobs  If the job isn’t right for you:  Give appropriate notice  You may not get the first job you apply for.  Always remain polite and courteous, thanking employers for their time.
  8. 8. Approaching the Job Search  Should You Take a Blanketed Approach or a Targeted Approach?
  9. 9. ©Copyright Blanketed Job Search  Best used when searching for a variety of jobs with no preference in the final outcome  Works well for applicants with little to no experience  When candidates use form resumes not tailored to the specific job or company  Instead, job searches are more focused on getting multiple resumes out there to find employment quickly.  Good for hourly jobs and applicants with no resume
  10. 10. ©Copyright Targeted Job Search  Best used by motivated job seekers with an idea of what direction to take  The more targeted the search, the easier the search becomes  How to target helps determine what about the job is important to the applicant  Earning money for savings, to buy things, or to help with everyday expenses  Proximity to home or school  Personal interests, such as hobbies, career aspirations, and what sounds fun to try  What kind of company does the applicant want to work for?  Research the company and all its main competitors  Apply to all of them
  11. 11. ©Copyright Stuck? Ask Questions  If the job seeker has never worked before, how do they know what they want to do?  Asking questions of themselves about their motivations, needs, and aspirations may help narrow down job searches  Retain goals and continue networking, even after receiving offers for employment  Don’t job hop, but keep options open for better opportunities when they present themselves  Stay professional though, and always work hard at whatever the current job asks of employees
  12. 12. ©Copyright Ask Yourself The Following  Do you want to work directly with customers?  Not everyone is cut out to work in customer service  Customers may be demanding, expectant, and even rude, but understanding how to interact with others and perform well under pressure are excellent personality traits to build upon for later employment  Do you want to work with food?  Getting in at the ground floor in the restaurant or fast-food industry means those who eventually want to be a chef, work in a kitchen, or even own their own business or franchise remains invaluable
  13. 13. ©Copyright Ask Yourself The Following  Do you want to work flexible hours?  Extra-curricular activities, social lives, and family time are probably important  Entry-level jobs frequently can schedule around such things, but that means remaining flexible and available on different shifts, such as nights, weekends, and holidays  Do you want to be constantly busy or have lulls in the work?  Working in the service industry may mean working non stop during your shift  Other jobs may afford more breaks and intermittent customer traffic  Knowing your preference is key to both applying and working once hired
  14. 14. ©Copyright Ask Yourself The Following  Do you prefer manual labor or working with your mind?  Some people prefer working with their hands, while others like to be challenged mentally on the job  If you don’t like one or the other, tailor your job search accordingly  Will this type of work remain satisfying?  The longer you do a job, the more tedious or not as fulfilling it may become  Understanding the roles, potential growth, and financial gain that come with employment remains paramount to whether or not a job may or may not be for you long term
  15. 15. ©Copyright Ask Yourself The Following  Can I shadow anyone in this line of work?  Find out if anyone you know is currently working in the type of industry or field you hope to apply  If possible, join them at their work for a couple of hours and shadow their daily duties to see if the job is what you expected or want for yourself  What are you working for?  Everyone has different goals  Are you working for that new car, saving for college, or just need pocket money?  Do you want to advance in the company or is it just a seasonal job to get you through?  Each idea matters to different people for different reasons; what’s your motivation?
  16. 16. ©Copyright Additional Resources For more information about searching for a job, check out the following resources from