Getting a job…employers perspective
I have seen some posts about how hard it is to find a job, keep a job, find employers who understand family commitments and diversity etc…
My perspective is from an employer. I am a manager (in his 50’s) who struggles to find an employee with solid work ethics. Maybe I am old school but the employees that have failed at this job:
*expect a raise without doing anything to deserve it
*care more about their next pay than the job and company
*have no respect for equipment and environment
*expect days off within their first year of employment (I always try to accommodate but some act like they are entitled)
*think they can go on several smoke breaks
*could not take constructive criticism, although they said it was welcomed during their interview. I never yell but ask them how I can help them improve because everyone learns and responds differently. I usually get tears and excuses.
*had no common sense.
*took no ownership of their mistakes
*caused and reveled in office drama/gossip
I strive to make my employees happy because I am a firm believer that a happy employee is a good employee. But I am finding that there are so many ungrateful people who expect something for nothing.
I see so many people complaining they can’t get a job. Word of advice?
**Send a good cover letter specifically for the job you applied for.
**Check your spelling and grammar.
**Don’t write a novel.
**Job jumpers are red flags!
If you are called for an interview, your phone etiquette is important.
**Be friendly and courteous!
**Dress well and be groomed. Put some effort into your appearance.
**Smile:) It is not overrated!
**Don’t start by asking about pay.
**If they have a website, make sure you familiarize yourself with it. Research some background information. It will be appreciated, trust me.
**Prepare some good questions.
**If you are only looking for short term, be honest. Many companies spend a lot of time and money training, only to find out you are going back to school.
**Thank the employer for their time.
This will set you apart from most people.
Thank you for your time;)