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Job Preparation

Job Preparation

When seeking employment, appearance is paramount.  Dress in appropriate clothing for the type of job you are seeking.  Even if you are dropping of an application, resume',  or picking up forms, it is important to leave a lasting impression.  "Look your best."

  • Wear neat, clean and pressed clothes.
  • Do not wear strong perfumes, cologne or aftershave.
  • Wear socks or stockings with shoes or heels.
  • Shine shoes or heels.
  • Keep make-up to a minimum.
  • Jewelry should be simple.
  • Look fresh: shower, bathe, shave, trim facial hair.
  • Brush teeth, use a mouthwash.
  • Hair should clean and well kept.  

Examples of inappropriate interview attire are:

  • Tennis shoes
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Tank tops
  • Baseball caps
  • Sweatsuits 
  • Tight clothing
  • Jeans
  • T-shirts
  • Evening attire
  • Excessive piercings

"Attitudes are contagious, is yours worth catching?" -  Dennis & Wendy Mannering  

Attitude is not only a major determining factor in the hiring process, it is a vital element in the progress and success of your interview and work opportunities. Listed below are tips to help you in your job search as well as retain a job.

  • Dependable - arrive at your interview on time. If hired, show up at work on time every day.
  • Honest - be truthful with customers, co-workers and management.
  • Attitude - project a positive attitude during your interview and in the work place.
  • Reliable - carry out assigned tasks and keep your word on promises.
  • Persistent - be determined to get the job done.
  • Committed - do your best, go the extra mile and work hours expected.
  • Friendly - show a pleasant demeanor and maintain a sense of humor. 
  • Open-minded - be willing to learn new things and accept challenges.

Selecting child care:
Finding an adequate child care provider is difficult at best.  Being proactive and doing research ahead of time will lessen the burden, reduce stress and make you feel more comfortable with your decision. Like looking for a job, you want the "right fit" for your child/children as well.  To be a reliable employee, you also need a reliable child care provider.  

  • Look and compare different programs available.
  • Check out licensed day care providers. 
  • Visit child care centers.
  • Consider cooperatives, where parents share child care services.
  • Obtain information about the caregiver.
  • Assure the provider meets state requirements.  
  • Prepare ahead of time and ask questions.
  • Listen to your instincts - go with your gut feeling.
  • Helpful links / Additional resources:

Although there are several options or methods to get from one place to another, it is crucial that you have reliable transportation lined up to get you there on time. Whether you choose to carpool, drive, take a bus, or ride a bicycle, make sure your mode is reliable and it works the best for you.

  • If you take the bus or mass transit, know how long the route takes and know the schedule. (The company can give you schedules and timetables).
  • If you drive your own vehicle, check your fuel level the night before. Make sure you have an adequate amount of gas for the trip or leave home early enough to get gas on your way.
  • Leave some extra time in the event of bad weather or emergency.
  • Know the route ahead of time. (With new jobs it is suggested you make a trial run to check the trip time and logistics.)
  • Should you have children or dependents, plan for their transportation and child care ahead of time.  Make sure to have a back-up plan for emergency situations.
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