• Getting a Job

     
    Every job is a bridge to the next. You begin building a career by performing well at every opportunity.

    Build your career around something you enjoy.

    Most businesses are looking for responsible, hard-working, honest, intelligent, caring employees. You can know virtually nothing about the job and be trained if you have these qualities.
     
     
    Who's hiring? 
    The City of Raleigh will be holding three information session for college and high school students over the winter break about summer job opportunities. The City employs 700-800 college and high students each summer. The most common jobs filled are lifeguard, camp counselor, recreation instructors, recreation leaders, cashiers and Raleigh Summer Youth Program participants.
     
    The information sessions will have small group presentation from Human Resources and Parks, Recreation and Cultural resources; and Raleigh Summer Youth Program about specific jobs and the application process.
     
    The information sessions are:
    December 20, 2016, 4-6 pm, John Chavis Community Center, 505 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
    December 29, 2016 4-6 pm, Brier Creek Community Center, 10810 Globe Road
    January 4, 2017 4-6 pm, Laurel Hills Community Center, 3808 Edwards Mill Road
     
    For additional information contact Robert Jones, 919-996-3570 or email: Robert. jones2@raleighnc.gov
     
     

    Application Process:

    You decide you want a particular job. You have to go and get it because no one will come begging you.

    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.
    • The application creates a first impression and tells the employer what they want to know about you.
      • Be truthful. If you get the job, you can be fired for falsifying application information.
      • Fill it out completely, using "None" or "N/A" 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. Print legibly.
      • (Many part-time or wage jobs require an application only and not a resume and cover letter.)
    • The resume is your advertisement and tells the employer what you want the employer to know about you. It is OK to omit certain information that you might feel is damaging, but be truthful in all information you provide. For example, if your GPA is not something you want to brag about, omit it from your resume. If you are asked, however, you must be truthful.
    • 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.
    3. As you are instructed, mail or email the application, resume, and cover letter (on top), or drop them by the potential place of employment.  Remember first impressions: if you go by, wear business attire and act professionally. 
    4. Follow up in a week to check on the status of your application via letter, email or phone.Interview Preparedness
     

    Interview Preparedness

    Research. 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.

    Interview

    1. Look your best and dress appropriately.
    2. Arrive 10 minutes early.
    3. Bring a copy of your resume with you.
    4. Don't bring anything else you won't use in the interview. (Briefcase, purse, etc.)
    5. Be incredibly polite to the gatekeeper.
    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.
    8. The interviewer should cover the following information with you. If not, then 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?
          9. Write a follow-up letter to the interviewer thanking them for their time. Express your interest (or disinterest) in the position.