Why are we willing to do what it takes to get a girlfriend or boyfriend but not a job?
I was like that once upon a time. Yup, a complete idiot!
Is it possible? Should a job, work, earning money, be more important?
Well I finally came to the understanding, No job, no money. No money, uh oh, no girl.
Left you Saturday with some of my views on attitude getting in your way. I know what I had to say isn't a cure all for every situation but through a life of seeing and hearing that IS one of the biggest problems. I have seen to many people with little to no experience or education get jobs others said they couldn't. They were some of the friendliest, can do, people you ever wanted to meet!
Today though, dress.....
Just have to wonder where the people who teach in Tech schools, Colleges, etc... learn about “dress for success”... What I had taught to me when there and what I've heard others tell about it just makes me wonder. In all the years of working I've seen little proof that this helps the people who work outside of retail and offices.
Others I've heard from or about and from my own experience putting others to work, would not be likely to hire someone who came looking for a job with a suit on. Do they want work? Or do they just want a paycheck? Would they be afraid of getting dirty? Know a guy who just stopped in and asked a guy about a job while passing a place while doing some pretty dirty work. He had on jeans, T-shirt, and work boots, and was kinda dirty. Well there was a guy there getting interviewed, all dressed up... Well this first guy was told he looked like a worker. He got the job on the spot. Imagine that!
Now I did put one lady to work doing construction who came to a job and asked while wearing a dressy outfit (think it may have been a suit) but, she had the advantage that I knew her family were hard working people who weren't afraid of learning and getting filthy if it was necessary. But turned a lot of guys away who would stop in dressed nice...
I think you should first consider what kind of job it is you want. Then consider how others normally dress for the job. Then, make your own decision about what to wear.
In the past I would just stop at a place I hopped would be hiring and asked. Dressed up or not. I found that if I even sounded like I had real willingness and they had an opening, I'd usually get the job.
I'm sure that there are jobs you really need to get “dressed to kill” for but in a general sense, I believe you have to dress like you know what your doing. Window dressing is usually just a front for what's really inside.
Other than those two things, I've found the one thing that get you working is to be at the right place at the right time. In the past I finally realized, if they asked me to fill out an application. I might as well save my energy and the ink, just keep looking. Its a bit different today but from what I'm seeing, for the most its still true.
Just get out there, put on the miles, knock on the doors and keep trying. Just like the girlfriend/boyfriend, the right one is out there somewhere.
Again, I'm no authority, just a guy who has LIVED and learned. Now “DO IT” !
Make this wacky old guy proud.