Life Skills Academy: How to Get a Job

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

Books

Websites

  • 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.
  • Big Interview
    One of the best interview practice sites available. It lets you answer questions and record your replies so you can see how you did. It also has a great collection of odd and challenging interview questions.
  • Indeed.com
    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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