Out and About – Week of February 5th

I’m not sure how many young folks read this column, but I’d like to offer some pointers to those who do and are looking for a job. I’ve been retired for several years, so it’s been a long time since I’ve applied for any type of employment. During my working years, I’ve held more than a couple of jobs. I have a high regard for those who worked forty years for the same employer. Back in the day, it was not uncommon to stay with the same employer for your entire working career. Back then, downsizing didn’t happen very often, and there was more loyalty between employer and employee.

Back to seeking employment. If you are currently working, it would be wise to keep your current job until you find one more to your liking. When you do find that “perfect” job, provide ample notice to your current employer. In other words, don’t burn any bridges behind you.

When applying for work, go in prepared. Take along your address book, a list of your previous employers, and other work experience. There’s a good chance they’ll want personal and job references. Dress for the occasion. You don’t need a suit and tie, unless you’re applying for a job requiring that type of attire. Look neat and presentable. If you’re a guy, get a haircut and look clean shaven. If you’re a female, I wouldn’t advise wearing jeans. Employers aren’t looking for new hires with body piercing and tattoos, unless you’re looking for work at a tattoo parlor.

Be sure to have a pen or pencil with you. An employer has plenty of pens, but it looks better if you go in looking prepared.

During the interview, let the interviewer ask most of the questions. He or she will provide information regarding benefits, pay and work responsibilities. In most cases, they will ask if you have any questions.

If they tell you that they will get back to you in several days, give them a chance, then call them back and ask if they have had a chance to look over your application. Some employers will hire those people who do just that, because they know that they are really interested in working for them.

It’s a smart idea to send the person that interviewed you a short “Thank You” note, thanking them for taking the time to talk with you. This might make a difference, when it comes to asking you to return for a second interview.

These suggestions probably don’t apply to every situation, so you’ll want to pick and choose what best suits you. If you know someone looking for a job, please share this with them.

This has been one of the worst flu seasons we’ve seen in many years. Schools have been closed and people have not survived. I know of several friends who have been sick for more than several weeks. So far, I have stayed healthy, but then I was vaccinated during a recent visit to my family doctor. I am doing what I can to keep my immune system in shape. I’m also trying to control any anger that comes into my life. I’ve heard that one minute of anger weakens the immune system for five hours. One minute of laughter, on the other hand, strengthens the immune system for twenty-four hours. Besides, laughing is more fun than venting anger. This is why I try my best to include humor in this column. If you want to be angry, watch the evening news. If you want to laugh a little, read my column or look in your bathroom mirror first thing in the morning. Seems to work for me.

Something to think about: Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with the hopes that something new to eat will have materialized? I’ve done this more than a couple of times.

“Typewriter” is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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