Getting a Job

14 12 2010

Trying to get a job?  There are still a lot of employers out there looking for good people to fill their jobs.  If  you really want a  job, you can usually find one.  No matter what job you are seeking, the qualifications are always the same.

All employers are looking for  a person who wants to work, is willing to learn and will work.  This means the person shows up on time every single day.  He doesn’t cause trouble in the office or in the field.  He listens well and learns and learns all he can about what is expected of him.  And then he performs to the very best of his ability. This means he is not watching the clock all day to see if it is time for a break yet or time for lunch or quitting time.  

When applying for a job, it is important to be truly interested in  the job and not just in the benefits.   Some applicants have been known to ask as soon as the interview begins, ‘what can you offer me in the way of benefits?’  One employer always answers that question with ‘what are you going to do to make me money?’  After all, the only reason the employer is in business is to make a profit.  Without a profit, he is immediately out of business.  The person more interested in the benefits rather than the job is the one who will never get the job.

Most employers are very fair.  He probably has been in business for a number of years and knows what it takes to run his company.  He is the one with the job.  He makes the rules. He also provides for all the people who work for him.  They, in turn, provide for him with their daily tasks.   A  lot of people are under the impression they are doing the employer a favor by coming to work.   Not so.    If  you want a job, you have to understand that it is exactly that – a job.  You work for the employer, you get paid by the employer.  

Do your very best.  Show the employer you are eager and willing to learn and to put in a full day’s work for his dollar.  Then you will have no trouble finding a job.

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Going To College?

14 12 2010

When we graduated from high school in the 50’s and before that, we were well prepared to step out into the real world,  get a job, provide for a family, and have a good life.  Then the 60’s came howling into our lives and it was no longer adequate just to have a high school education.  Now it was in vogue to change the world, demonstrate, and live off Mom and Dad for years to come.  No reason to get out and get a job.  No reason to grow up.  More fun just going to college forever.  In fact, I talked with one student at a basketball game.  Seems he had been going to college for 15 years and loved it!  Planned on going for a while longer, too.  As long as the money from home held out, he would just keep on doing  that.  And by the way, he knew all the cheers for the game, too.

After that came the 70’s and all the young women were told that if they didn’t have a college degree, they could not get a job.  And since the women’s movement had been pushed into our lives, it was absolutely  and positively necessary that all women had to have a job and help provide for their family.  By the time the 80’s and 90’s rolled around, this was a way of life.  In spite of that college degree, though, most jobs were of the hum drum variety.  And not everyone is happy with their life.  This can be attested to by the number of divorces in our society of today.

Whether you be male or female, don’t make that momentous decision about college until you have thought about all the issues involved.  What field are you really interested in?  Does it pay well?  Will it provide you with an income for the rest of your working days?  But most of all, will you be happy working at that job day after day after day.    I know of several instances where the person went to college, got the needed degree, and then hated working in that field.  One, an accountant, had all the necessary education and went to work.  After two weeks, she could see this was not what she really wanted to do. She had wasted four years of her life for nothing.   She had to go back to college and get another degree  in order to become a principal in a private school.

It might be better just to skip college for a year and get a job in the field you think you want to work in.  If you like the field, then you can pursue the college later.  Worth a try.  Certainly seems feasible to know what it is you really want to do in your life rather than waste all those years pursuing something you maybe don’t want to do anyway. Sure, you can take tests to see what you are suited for.  But that is not the same as real experience.  Give yourself a fair chance.  Test the waters a little bit.  Then get on with your life.  You have years and years and years ahead of you.  Take advantage of all that is offered.  And then get on with your life.  Good Luck!