It may still feel like summer but in the retail world, the holidays are right around the corner. Before long, you’ll be making a list and checking it twice. It’s why the time is now to get a job if you’re looking for work!
Marshall Cooper is a job developer with Workforce Alliance in New Haven and works with ex-offenders getting back on their feet. He says a lot of people are going for the same jobs, so it’s important to stand out immediately with a unique cover letter.
“Maybe things like I worked two jobs at one point, I put myself through school,” said Cooper.
If you get an interview, you have 10 seconds to make a good first impression, so present yourself professionally and avoid this:
“Smoke on their clothes, wearing religious artifacts. Employers think there’s a separation between religion and job offers,” said Cooper.
Lastly, especially if you’re looking for full-time work. Make sure to leave an unforgettable impression.
“Going the extra mile. Doing the little things, coming in early, staying late, volunteering to work on an off-day. And staying busy, not just the minute you do your chore, you’re back on your cell phone five minutes later. Pick up a broom and maybe sweep the place. Put the trash out,” said Cooper.
Now, where to look?
Job bank Monster.com has a list of retailers who hired big last year which might give