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Business 101

Getting the Right Job

Evaluating Your Skills

If you don't know what type of work is right for you, you may want to test your personality and skills. Use this resource to help you pin down the right type of field for you to work.

Many employment agencies will either have resources at hand to evaluate what you can do best either on site or an established credible source. Some psychologist offer services which help at this task. Or just start journaling while actively being aware of where your skills are currently best being used.

Gaining The Edge

The average worker is a dime a dozen. Most want to work a set schedule, do as little work as they can get away with and collect a check at the end of the week. This core group of workers generally don't have much interest in the company itself and have a "you big business OWE me a living" attitude.

If you want to have a better job, lose that chip on your shoulder quickly! Believe it or not, those who have created your job position and many other job positions have worked a lot harder than you can imagine to get to where they are today. Without them, you would not have a job.

Most employers realize the majority staff is in it only for a quick pay off and it is fine with them. They set out a specific minimum load they expect from each worker and pay them for a job done. In the short term it seems to work out, but over a period of time, the workers start to get disgruntled wondering why they make peanuts in comparison to the boss or management.

If you want to get ahead in any company, you must be concerned with the entire nature of the business almost as if it were your own. You need to study it. You need to devote extra time learning what is expected from each position. You need to know how to run this business from top to bottom and be willing to do what it takes to get as much done as possible.

If you are persistent, many employers will allow you to take on the extra work once they are confident that you are not going to quit as soon as they train you into doing new things.

If you were to further your education, it would also give you a better edge in moving up the company ladder. Take a few college courses and in time you can earn a degree or advance a degree you have earned.

If your company has seminars and extra classes, volunteer to take them. If someone calls in sick, offer to fill in that job until the worker comes back. If your boss will allow you to work extra hours, do it and get busy. Don't slack on the job! Sitting by idly gossiping at the water cooler is a sure way to tell your boss that you are only in the business for a check period - not advancing material.

Preparing For The Interview

Do your homework before you are called in for an interview. Find out all you can about the company. Who are the owners and managers? How long have they been in business? What is the product or service sold? Who are the customers? What are the usual business hours? How many other employees? How do they do business?

With solid information about the important details of the company, you are fully prepared to impress the interviewer. You will know what angle will sell yourself at a higher premium. Make sure, just as in the resume, you are telling what you can do for the company. Without being a showoff or know it all, impress upon them how you will be a benefit to them. Show them how hiring you will make them more money, increase the business, improve relations with customers and other employees, decrease overtime while making the regular hours more efficient. When you can show them how valuable your service will be to the company, they will take you more seriously than one who comes in with an attitude problem.

The attitude problem is a common syndrome among young people fresh in the job market. Many will come in asking for a job if it will benefit themselves and not giving too many benefits for the employer. Some have the attitude that they are owed a job and high salary because they erroneously believe they can do the job. The business does not survive by overpaying people who are not willing to do the job at hand. They are paying you for a service that you claimed you could perform during the interview. If you cannot perform the service you agreed upon then your future will not be very bright at that company. You are selling your service to the business. Lose the attitude. Think about how you would react to someone coming to your home trying to twist your arm in buying merchandise you don't need.

You must not only get the point across that you are willing to do your job, but go above and beyond the call of duty on behalf of the business. This is why you should go after the jobs that really interests you. If you do not qualify for your dream job, do what it takes to qualify even if you have to start with a lower paying position. You have to start at the bottom before you can get to the top.