• Getting a Job

    Every job you have whether you receive compensation or not is a bridge to the next job opportunty. You begin building a career by performing well at every job you have.  The most satisfied workers are those that build their careers around something they enjoy.  What do you enjoy?  You can find out what jobs and career fields that you are best suited for by comparing the skills you currently have with the things that you like to do.   

    Most businesses are looking for responsible, hard-working, honest, intelligent and caring employees. They want employees who can think critically to solve problems.  Those that can work well alone and in teams.  People who are creative and innovative.  Most of all they want people who can effectively communicate verbally and in written forms.  Having these qualities can sometimes allow you to get a job faster than someone with experience.  These are desired soft skills that allow you to be successful in any career field. Create a professional profile on LinkedIn and employers will reach out to you about employment opportunities.
    Need a work permit?
    If you need a work permit.  Please click on this link Youth Work Permit or copy and paste this URL.  https://www.nc.gov/youth-work-permit
    Who's hiring? 
    There are several companies are hiring for part-time and seasonal positions.  Please check the employment board outside Ms. Brickhouse's office for job opportunities. You can also check sites like LinkedIn and Snagajob.com.  If you need assistance with creating a resume', or profile tips for networking and employment sites such as LinkedIn, please schedule a time to work with Ms. Brickhouse.  Submit a request by clicking on the link that says contact your CDC.
     Application Process:
    1. Check to see if your potential employer has a website. Read information on the site to find out everything you can about this potential employer. Make contact by phone, letter or email only if you can't find the answers online.  
    2. Get an application. If it is not online, look for directions for obtaining an application and follow the directions.
    3. Follow instructions for submitting your applications and/or resume'.  You may be required to mail, email or carry it to the potential place of employment.  Remember first impressions are important.  If you deliver it to the location, dress professionally when you take it.  They may want to interview you at the time you deliver it.
    4. Follow up in a week to check on the status of your application via letter, email or phone.  
    • The application creates a first impression and tells the employer what they want to know about you.  Be truthful on your application.  You will not be hired or if hired then you can be fired if they determined that you falsified information on your application.
    • Fill it out completely, and insert "None" or "N/A" if there is a space where you can't fill in an answer. Many employers will not even consider an incomplete application.
    • Read and follow all directions.
    • Fill it out neatly and spell everything correctly. If it is a paper application, fill it out in pen and never in pencil. Print legibly, do not use cursive.
    • The resume is your advertisement and tells the employer what you want the employer to know about you. Some jobs do not require a resume' and will only require an application.  If your GPA is not higher than 2.5, don't include it on your resume'.  If you are asked during your interview, you must inform the interviewer of your GPA and explain truthfully why it is so low.  They will respect your honesty.  
    • The cover letter is a brief (less than 1 page) letter explaining to your employer your interest and unique qualifications for the job and asking the employer to consider the enclosed resume and to contact you for an interview.


    Interview Preparedness

    Complete some research to find out as much as you can about your potential employer. What is the mission of the company? What is the management style? The product? The history? Be prepared to speak knowledgeably and ask informed questions.  
    Find out where you will be interviewing and do a dry run so you will know how long it takes to get there. You absolutely do not want to show up late.


    1. Look your best and dress appropriately.  Remove any extra piercings.  Some companies frown upon these items due to safety and health concerns.
    2. Arrive at least 10 minutes early.
    3. Bring a copy of your resume with you and the contact information of at least 3 references.
    4. Don't bring anything else you won't use in the interview. (Briefcase, purse, phone etc.)
    5. Be incredibly polite to everyone.
    6. Be prepared to tell the interviewer your strengths and how you can add value to the company
    7. Be prepared with questions you that you want to ask. You will ask intelligent ones because you have done your research. This interview is an opportunity to learn about a place of business in your community.  The interviewer should cover the following information with you. If not, then make sure that you ask.
    • Job content - Overall purpose of the job? Responsibilities of the job? What does an employee in this position spend each day doing? What is the most important function of this job?
    • Organization - To whom do I report? Who will assign my work and evaluate my performance? Whom will I support and what does that involve? Who will support me? Who so I supervise? What is the flow of work?
    • Performance expectations - What do you expect me to accomplish in my job the first 6 months? How will you measure my results? Do you have written plans or goals for this position? What training will the employee in this position receive?
    • Benefits - Detailed questions are inappropriate in preliminary interviews. However in a second or third interview, after the employer has indicated an interest in hiring you, ask questions. Benefits include, insurance, retirement, leave policy, perks, etc.
    • Salary - In a first interview, ask about the salary range for the position. In a second or third, after the employer has indicated an interest in hiring you, ask how often is the salary reviewed. Is there a profit-sharing program? What is a the commission structure?
    • Employment policy and career outlook - What kind of job security does the company offer? Is there a probationary period? What are the advancement possibilities for this position?
    • After the interview, write a follow-up letter or thank you card to the interviewer thanking them for their time and the opportunity to interview.  Express your interest in the position. If you are not interested in the position anymore, still send a follow-up letter thanking them for their time and express that you are disinterested in the position or seeking another position with another company. This is good business etiquette.