This archived article was written by: Michael Powell
First off, why is employment important? It is important because many places in the area have openings and need people to work for them. The College of Eastern Utah has a lot of openings for instance the CEU Museum needs a gift shop clerk and food service needs workers. Alternatively, you can go get an off-campus job. Several are located in Carbon and Emery counties. Some of the jobs in Carbon include a person to clean for Bill’s Home Furnishing, Peczuh Printing needs workers to put books together.
Now that you know some of the jobs, how do you get them? Use these tips to make getting a job easier. Have your paper work ready, make sure to have your CEU blue student employment referral card and if possible, a resume.
Be clean, your personal appearance and grooming are one of the most important things for an interview, make sure to take a shower before you go. Dress as if you want the job, do not show up in a tank top, some shorts or other casual clothes. Be conservative and simple, do not wear too much make-up or jewelry, and if you are a guy, do not wear earrings.
Pay attention to everything that you are wearing, all the small things count. Be on time, do not show up a couple minutes late, try to arrive a few minutes early. Check up on yourself, right before the interview make some final adjustments insuring you look your best.
The receptionist’s opinion matters, try to be the most polite person there. A handshake is important; when you first go in to the interview, shake the hand of the person that is interviewing you and make sure that it is firm and business like to show some confidence.
Posture is important because it makes you look confident even if you are nervous, so stand and sit strong.
Finally, with your eyes, look straight into a prospective employer’s eyes by doing this shows that your not shy, insecure or even dishonest.
According to Kathy Murray, director of the SUN Center, the top-ten questions asked in interviewers are: number one, tell me about yourself? Two, why should I hire you? Three, what are you major strengths? Four, what are your major weaknesses? Five, what sort of pay do you expect to receive? Six, how does your previous experience relate to the jobs we have here? Seven, what are your plans for the future? Eight, what will your former employers say about you? Nine, why are you looking for this sort of position and why here? Ten, why don’t you tell me about your personal situation? For more answers or jobs go to Kathy Murray in the SUN Center in the JLSC.