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Aug 24

Because bacon doesn’t grow on trees

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The road to gainful employment is a treacherous and convoluted one. So many rules and proper etiquettes to abide by. Where to find jobs? What should I put in my resume? What should I wear? What should I answer this or that question? So many questions with few definite answers. And trying to get a job in the tech/gaming industry makes things thrice as complicated.

For the past few weeks I have been trying to get back into the job market. So far, things have been going rather well. Here are a few words of advice that might help you out too.

Where the wild jobs roam

Stop looking for work in newspapers. There are barely any jobs posted in them anymore. The internet is your best friend when it comes to job hunting.

The job market is slightly scarier

Visit the websites of companies that you are interested in. A lot, but not all, of them have sections where you can apply for jobs there. For example, if you scroll all the way down on the Amazon.com, there is a “Career” button  in the get to know us section. Click on in and browse away until you find something that interests you.

Another good thing to do is to sign up for sites like Linkedin.com, Monster.com or Indeed.com. These sites will allow you to search for jobs in pretty much any field. Many of them even allow you to create a profile and post your own resume which bring me to…

Sell yourself with your resume

The economy is rough

Your resume is more than often your first point of contact with any given company. This is often where you can get the attention of any given company, make it count.

Just writing down what jobs you have held is not enough. Tell the people who will eventually read your resume what you accomplished at those jobs. Use action words when describing your past job descriptions. For example, instead of saying “you were a filing papers all day”, say you “implemented a new, time-saving filing system which allowed for increased reliability in customer service turnaround.” Let the company know how you can help them.

Here’s a little trick when writing your resume: Look for jobs that interest you, take down key words in the job description and add them to your resume. The job you like is looking for people who are “analytic, organized and detail oriented?” Find a job in your past where you used those skills and use their words in your own resume. It’s a simple trick but it really works. Often nowadays, companies don’t read full resumes, they scan for keywords.

Dress like you mean it

This is not proper interview attire (AKA the Colin)

Dressing for a job in the tech/gaming industry is ridiculously hard. Most of those companies dress code is more akin to that of a fast food restaurant: “No shoes, no shirt, no service.” But considering you’re about to interview for a job, you haven’t earned the right to dress however you want, so simply showing up in shorts and a t-shirt is probably not a good idea.

When you the company contacts you to set up an interview, don’t be afraid to ask what the proper attire is. Most recruiters want you to get the job and will help you reach that goal. Their job is to fill the position, that’s why they contacted you.

Standard interview attire for men is usually khaki pants, clean shoes (no sneakers), and clean button-up shirt. Women can wear a casual blouse, with either a skirt or pants, try and avoid heels. These are just general standards, some companies will actually not give an iota of care of how you dress, it’s all about what you can do for them, not what you look like. But still,don’t over do it.

The opposite is also true, don’t over-do it by suiting-up. You’re not applying to be a lawyer are you? Unless you are, then actually go forth and suit-up!

What is this the Spanish Inquisition?

For the love of God, please know you’re resume inside and out. You will be questioned on it repeatedly, and since it is a representation of who you are, just learn the damn thing. They will ask you what did you do at different companies and often ask you how it relates to what you are applying for. Prepare in advance for this. Why should they hire you? Past experience is awesome. Because you want to play free video games is not.

That's right. I'm now the Governor.

Interviewers will often ask you what are your best qualities and what are some of your flaws. Saying that you “have problems being on time” and “hate talking to people you don’t know” is probably a great way to avoid getting the job. Unless you’re a programmer. So I’ve been told anyway. Saying that you are “obsessive about researching things” when you apply as an analyst is not a bad thing.

 

More important than anything else, remember these words from Stuart Smalley (now the Governor of Minnesota): “You’re good enough, you’re smart enough and dog-gone it, people like you.”

Hope that helps, now I demand 5% of your new wages as payment. O.K. fine, how about a cookie? Anyone?

 

W00t! Yay cookies!

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  1. Lawjick

    …why did you force me to look at a wookie.

    Also, Hey @karma! This is why wookie is an insult.

    1. Karma

      Oh sweet Jesus! >.<

      1. @Psyfallen

        [pickle] Surprise!

  2. Vivacions

    ROFL @ bacon. roflroflrofl

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