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For youth: Landing that FIRST JOB -outline

How to be a Successful Job Seeker

Limit Time on the Internet

  • Less than 14% of all jobs are found on the internet
  • Only 1.5% of jobs are found using LinkedIn
  • Avoid RAA (Random Acts of Application)
  • Response Rate from sending Resumes is 3-5%
  • 80% of the job market is hidden

Look for Jobs Where the Jobs Are Found

More than 2/3 of jobs are found through Networking

Youth Networks

Church Leaders

  • Bishops
  • Youth leaders

School Resources

  • Teachers



Youth Resumes

On a youth resume, references are more important than experience. Here are examples of people

  • Bishop
  • Other church leaders
  • School Resources
  • Teachers
  • Friends
  • Neighbors

Start NOW for Good References

  • Do your best in Church Callings
  • Look for Service Opportunities
  • Do your best with School Work
  • Participate in School Activities of your choice
  • Develop GOOD COMMUNICATION skills
  • Be Dependable
  • Keep Commitments
  • Be on Time
  • DRESS appropriately (Always)
  • Be Willing to do the TOUGH JOBS    (See New Era, Sept. 2014, 18-20)

What Really Counts in Landing That FIRST JOB!

Attitude & Appearance do Count. Impressions formed in seconds can make or break your job opportunities.


  • Look your best
  • Shower and Shave
  • Use Deodorant
  • Breath Mints
  • Nails Clean & Trimmed
  • Clean, modest dress clothing—even for trade jobs


  • Confident Posture
  • Maintain Eye Contact
  • Talk Clearly
  • Firm Handshake
  • Smile

Top Physical Attributes that may limit your career

  • 37% Piercings
  • 34% Bad Breath
  • 31% Visible Tattoo
  • 31% Wrinkled Clothes
  • 29% Messy Hair


About that Lemonade Stand…

Even though your “experience” may be limited, don’t forget to include the following kinds of experience you have had:

  • Babysitting
  • Scout Camps
  • Service Projects
  • Class Presidencies
  • Honor Roll
  • Sports


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