How to Get A Job (Advice for my Nephew)

My nephew asked for some help on his resume, so he could find a job. Well as a life and business coach, and having conducted over 1,000 interviews, here is how it went:

The first thing I asked was, “What type of job are looking for? (And don’t say any job because any jobs usually suck).”

I always encourage people to find a job they can feel passionate about and not just to find a job to pay the bills, we all have bills to pay. You’ll spend too much time at work not to enjoy what you do.

Then I gave a little free advice that might be helpful to you too:

Your resume is just a vehicle to get the job interview. And the job of the hiring manager is to find reasons NOT to hire you, so remember you are always being observed, from the moment you arrive in the parking lot to how you interact with the receptionist to how you enter the room. And you only have one chance to make a good first impression. Do some research on the company (how big are they, when did they start, what is the company mission, etc.).

The Day of the Interview:

  1. Dress for success, shave and wear a nice shirt and pants (you can always be forgiven for overdressing but never forgiven for underdressing)
  2. Turn off or leave your phone in the car. (Having your phone go off during an interview is bad karma).
  3. While in the interview, shake hands (if allowed), make eye contact with the person interviewing you just long enough to know their eye color, and then give them a big smile.
  4. Use their name during the interview. This will help you remember it and stand out from the competition.
  5. Make sure you are listening to the question being asked, so you know how to answer.
  6. Remember, this interview is not really about you. It is about the company needing to hire someone to fill a role/position. Therefore, curtail your answers (based on your experience) to how you can help the company.

If they ask, and they will, “Why did you leave your most recent employer?” Answer this, “Unfortunately, I was (give a valid reason); then, COVID happened and you know the rest.”

When they ask, do you have any questions for us? Do NOT ask about pay or benefits in the first interview. Instead, ask, “What does it take to be successful in this¬†position?”

Now, as of the writing of this blog, I do know the outcome for my nephew, but this much I do know, this is good advice for anyone.


David Justus is an author, speaker, and Guinness World Record Holder. As the founder of Northcoast University, LLC and The Self-Coaching Vault, he shares his insights as a life and business coach to help people achieve greater success and more happiness.

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