Since graduation season just finished and young people are on the prowl for jobs I thought it might be a good time for this column. When I’m not speaking, I help people with disabilities with employment. There are things basic things I see people that are barriers to employment. So these are the things you need to have and do if you are serious about finding a job.
1. Have a cell phone that you actually answer and return phone calls on in a timely manner. Jobs are going quickly, if you don’t answer your phone or call back soon, someone else is going to get the job.
2. Have an e-mail that isn’t something like “partyguy2013” that you check on at least a daily basis and that you reply to e-mails on. And when you receive an e-mail regarding an employment opportunity read it thoroughly and follow the instructions.
I get it you’re a millennial, you text. But hiring managers are Baby Boomers and Gen Xers we’re in our forties and we communicate primarily by e-mail. So because we are hiring you, you have to communicate how we communicate, which at this point is primarily e-mail.
3. Show up – It seems so simple, but lately a lot of people have made appointments with me and then they just don’t show up. So first of all they’ve missed the opportunity to participate in my employment event, but second I’m done with them. They have failed the most basic test, they can’t keep an appointment. How can I possibly recommend or put them in front of an employer as a candidate if they can’t even show up? I can’t.
My intern told me that people are just flakey these days and that it’s not just people with disabilities and I get that. But if you want my help, you have to at least be able to show up for the appointment that I have on my calendar with your name on it.
It may seem like I’m joking. I’m not. These are very simple things and yet I deal with people everyday who can’t, won’t or don’t do them. And they wonder why they can’t get a job.
If you aren’t doing these basic things then the next question you need to ask yourself is “Do I really want a job?”