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Life Skills Academy: How to Get a Job

Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 02/11/2018 - 2:20 PM

Job search with resume, application, clock, keyboard, and coffee

Because the Mall Ain’t Cheap

Getting a job is tough, no doubt. You have to write resumes, prepare for interviews, and actually find someplace to be hired. Learn the best ways to look for a job and make the best impression on your interviewer. Because let’s be honest top ramen and pizza rolls won’t pay for themselves.

Recommended Reading



  • SJPL Works
    San José Public Library's business and career center website. It's full of tons of information about finding and keeping your first job.
    One of the most reliable job search sites available. It pulls job applications from multiple sources. It's like a Google for jobs.
  • The Balance
    A personal finance site with a rich collection of articles about finding a job. Their section on teen jobs is particularly useful.

Tips and Tricks

  • Ask people to be your references before applying for jobs and make sure you have their contact information.
  • Your interests and activities can sometimes be job-worthy skills; think creatively.
  • Talking to friends and family (and friends of your family) is a great way to find a job.
  • Use multiple job search engines to find jobs you might be interested in.
  • Practice your job interview skills as much as possible. Your mirror, family member, or pet are great audiences to practice on.
  • Never bad-mouth a previous employer during a job interview. They’ll be thinking about what you will say about them.
  • Dress for success during the interview.
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