e-Book: How to Get a Job and Keep It
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In this e-book, you’ll find work search and job retention strategies along with insightful comments on hundreds of aspects of the working relationship.
This book is a “must read” and offers guidance on almost every facet of employment.
DENISE BARNARD, METRO CANADA
June 29, 2010
In today’s competitive job market, a little career savvy goes a long way.
To help you stay on top of your game, we talked to veteran career specialist and corporate trainer Colleen Clarke. She’s also author of the new e-book, How to Get a Job and Keep It ($15; colleenclarke.com), a compilation of articles written by the former Metro career columnist. Here are her top tips for getting and keeping the job.
Be ready mentally and physically. “You need to have a feeling of confidence and hope, and look like the pro you are,” says Clarke. Have an impeccable resumé, and create an organized system for tracking cover letters, phone calls, follow-ups and contacts. Set daily goals. Maintain a work-life balance with a five-hour daily job search. Network. That means more than just e-meet ’n’ greets. Get out there and volunteer, too.
Keeping your job
Watch and observe what happens in your company for the first six weeks after you’re hired. Find out about people previously in your position.
Give more than you get. “Come in 10 minutes early and offer to help your colleagues,” says Clarke.
Find a mentor who can answer your questions and act as an orientation guru.
Practice good communication. That involves listening, working well with others, and building trust.