Valdosta Daily Times


March 31, 2013

Be berry, berry quiet. I’m hunting jobs.

VALDOSTA — Well, my dear budgeteers, I have survived my first week as a Savannah resident! There were some bumps along the way, such as my completely horrible salon experience. In short, I went in as a vibrant blonde and walked out first as a brunette with zebra stripes across my hair and second (after a “not-so-fix” session) as a brunette with blonde leopard spots. Don’t get me wrong, I love the jungle, but not on my head.

This was completely devastating considering I have a job interview on Wednesday. Hopefully, by the time you are reading this, my hair looks as awesome as I feel on the inside. But enough about my hair, I want to talk about the fact that I might have a job soon (thank you, Lord).

I have been named as a candidate for a social media coordinator and writer position. Wednesday will be my third interview, of sorts. First I had to answer a series of questions and after I passed that, I had an interview with the search committee via Skype. Wednesday, I have a three-hour interview. It’s been quite some time since I’ve had to snag a job for myself, so I’ve had to re-teach myself some basics. So, for my fellow job-hunting budgeteers, here are some basic how to’s and heck no’s that will help you snag more than just discerning looks from your employed family members.  

1. Shakespeare said that all the world’s a stage ... Well, all the world is pretty much a job interview.

Make sure that all correspondence with a potential employer is perfectly polished. Even with email correspondence, refer to them as Mr. or Mrs. (Ms. if you don’t know her marital status), check your spelling and grammar and make sure to take every opportunity to thank them for their time and consideration.

Also, be conscious beyond correspondence. Make sure your cell phone doesn’t have a ring back tone and keep your voicemail box message simple. It should sound something like: “You have reached Brittany McClure. Please leave your name and number and I will return your call as soon as possible.”

In this day and age, your Facebook is also a job interview. It’s one of the first things potential employers check and just because you think your page is private, doesn’t mean they won’t find a way to access it. Take off all inappropriate pictures that contain things such as alcohol or you dancing in the club. It’s also a good idea to take any political affiliation off your page. You want your employer to get to know you, not your opinions.

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