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How to Get and Keep a Job

About the blog

Welcome to Jim Comiskey’s Blog: How to Get and Keep a Job, a place where parents and educators alike will find valuable information that is relevant to helping young people do just that. Author, entrepreneur and business consultant, Jim has a wealth of information to share about the skills and traits needed to compete in today’s workforce. He’ll be joined by guest bloggers like Mindy Bingham, author of the best-selling Career Choices series, and others. Check back here each week for Jim’s take on what is needed to help students learn How to Get and Keep a Job now!

His book A Teen’s Guide to Career Success: How to Get and Keep a Job is now available on Amazon for purchase.

Basic tips for getting and keeping a job

Career success Posted on Tue, May 19, 2015 11:47:16

People frequently ask me: What are the most important things you need to know to get and keep a job. I have put together this brief list specifically designed for teens although the same concepts are useful at any age. There is much more information in the book, interactive exercises and real-world examples that will help you not only with getting a job but also with getting into college and being successful in your career and your life.

The 12 things that will help you get and keep job:

1. Pick a job you want to do.

Do research about that job to find out what it requires and places in town that could offer the kind of job you want.

Put together a resume highlighting your skills (Hint: you can do this even if you’ve never had a job before! The book will tell you how.)

4. Get interviews by asking everyone you know (teachers, parents, parents of friends, etc.). Call the companies that have the kinds of job you want and find out how to apply for a job there.

For the interview, dress up: no flip-flops, shorts, mini-skirts, torn pants, etc.

At the interview: show up on time, have a positive attitude, answer questions clearly, ask your own questions and be interested.

Be willing to accept an internship without pay to learn more. Internships often lead to paid jobs.

Follow up after the interview with a call, email (NOT a text) or a letter (typed).

When you get the job: Show up on time and dress like you did at the interview. If the style of the company is more casual, you can dress down later.

If you don’t understand something you are asked to do, ASK QUESTIONS.

Turn your phone off and don’t text or call anyone until your lunch hour or after work. You have a job! You need to pay attention to that and learn as much as you can.

Try to learn as much as you can and do your job well. If you don’t, you won’t just get a bad grade; you will get fired!

If you have questions you’d like answered about How to Get and Keep a Job, just leave them in a comment below and I will try to answer them.

If you want to succeed, never stop learning!

Career success Posted on Mon, May 11, 2015 23:48:55

In the fast-paced and constantly changing job market, one of the most important skills you must develop is your ability to learn. Today, being literate does not only mean being able to read and write, it also means being able to learn, unlearn and relearn. You really need to be a life-long learner.

The jobs that generate the highest paychecks usually require extensive training and learning. Employers want employees who will adapt to the workplace and learn the tasks quickly. Put simply, the faster and more effectively you can absorb new knowledge and professional skills, the more you increase your opportunities and the more successful you will be in your career.

This is true regardless of the career path you choose. Don’t be afraid of positive change – learning experiences help you grow and constantly become better. If you cannot learn new skills and increase your knowledge, others in your field who are eager to improve will move right past you. While you are stagnated, they will keep getting better and outperform you.

To become a good learner, start by seeking out more information about things you don’t know and also about things you already know about. When you come across something you don’t understand, be sure to ask questions to find answers – this is what successful people do.

In A Guide to Career Success: How to Get and Keep a Job, you will find more helpful tips and much more advice and real­life examples of how to apply this.

Remember, your willingness to learn, to change and adopt new, better ways to do your job are what will ultimately determine your success.

Have a positive attitude

Career success Posted on Mon, May 11, 2015 23:01:57

There is an old song by Johnny Mercer that has a great lesson in it:

You’ve got to accentuate the positive

Eliminate the negative

Latch on to the affirmative

Don’t mess with Mister In-Between

There are a lot of benefits to having a positive attitude in all areas of your life. Positive people see opportunities in situations that seem hopeless to others, and they believe that it is better to try to solve a problem and fail than to simply not try at all and automatically fail.

So it’s no surprise that employers prefer to hire positive people. Think about it: if you were to choose a prospective employee, would you pick the one who tries to find solutions to difficult problems, who believes in your projects and encourages everyone to work together as a team and who sees your feedback as a great way to improve? Or would you pick the person who gives up when faced with a demanding task, who gives off a negative attitude when working with other team members, and who gets upset when you try to tell them how to improve? There’s no doubt you would want the positive candidate.

Here are some ideas to help you become more positive:
– When you arrive at school or work, focus on the things you are able to accomplish rather than the things you don’t want to do.
– When you are faced with a problem, look for ways to figure it out rather than automatically giving up.
– Don’t get upset when your suggestions aren’t accepted. Instead, try to contribute to making whatever is being done work better.

Staying positive will help you accomplish your career goals and make the road to success much more enjoyable. For more tips and suggestions on Positive Attitudes and how to succeed at getting a job, see A Guide to Career Success: How to Get and Keep a Job.