Hourly jobs may seem easy to find but with the advent of online shopping and the ever-shrinking job market, you have to be prepared if you want to know how to get hired quickly.
So, maybe you’re a college student looking for a part-time job. Maybe you are a housewife looking to supplement your household income. Perhaps you are a senior trying to add to your bottom line in retirement or someone who’s simply trying to find a job fast.
Whatever the case may be, you have to prepare yourself with the right mindset and information in order to get an hourly job in your area.
How to Get Hired Quickly and Easily
The best way to approach getting hired for a full-time or part-time hourly job is to make a weekly plan. Here, you can list 2 to 3 jobs in your area that you want to apply to, every single week.
For example, maybe you want to work as a greeter at Walmart. At the same time, maybe you have your eyes set on a cashier position at Target . And perhaps another cashier position or sales associate job at your local Walgreens.
On a sheet of paper or in a text file on your computer, you can write down Walmart-greeter. Just below it, you can follow suit with placing target-cashier. And of course just below it, you can place Walgreens-cashier.
Next, you need to make a plan on how you’re going to approach each of these companies. The best way to start applying for these jobs is to visit the stores in person. Once there, you can introduce yourself to whomever is working at the store and you can inquire about speaking with anyone in management in order to ask questions.
You don’t really have to identify yourself as being a job applicant. That’s because it’s possible that the person will say you need to apply online or submit an application at the kiosk within the store.
It’s important at this point to make contact with someone who is in a supervisory position at the store.
Now, it’s easy to say, “Well, I tried to look for a manager but I wasn’t able to find one.” You need to absolutely make contact even if it means making 2 or 3 trips to the store.
The whole idea is to set yourself apart from the average applicant and you can’t do that by just submitting an application online. Believe me, with so many applicants trying to get the same job as you, it’s highly likely you will get lost in the shuffle.
Once you make contact with the supervisor, let that person know that you’re interested in the position in their store. Let the person also know that you will be applying either online or through a printable application.
As a matter of fact, ask the person what the preferred method is to apply at their particular store. You’d be surprised how many Walmarts would rather have someone apply in person using a printable application.
Additionally, let the supervisor know that you will be following up within the next couple of weeks on the status of your application.
Every time you perform any type of action at any store in regards to your attempts to get hired, write down the notes next to your entries on your sheet of paper or text file. For example, if you applied online at Walmart today, you would write or type:
Walmart-greeter (Applied online on (date)
After that, keep jotting down whatever action you took. If you met with a manager, write that down. The point is to be somewhat organized and keep track of all your applications.
Find a Job Fast With this Trick
If you feel a little daring, you can use the following tactic to create a sense of urgency for that person who is guiding you through the hiring process:
- Let the person know that their store is your first choice for employment
- Tell him or her that you will follow up
- Once you follow up in person, if they delay themselves getting back to you, tell them that you need to know if they are interested. Be honest and sincere; tell them they are your first choice but that you have to explore other possibilities if they are not interested.
That last tactic sometimes ends up being a home run. However, use caution with it because sometimes you may run into somebody who can’t understand that you need to find employment and they may be turned off by your attitude and sense of urgency.
When you are applying for an hourly job, dress in comfortable clothing. Make sure your shirt or blouse and pants or skirt or properly ironed and that you don’t have any holes in your shoes! It’s really as simple as that. Just look neat and you shouldn’t have a problem.
Repeat the above mentioned steps with every job you have your eyes set on, every week. Remember, 2 to 3 jobs at a time.
If you apply to three jobs a week for a month that’s obviously 12 job applications. Your chances of getting hired right away rise, dramatically!
You see, most people just fiddle around with one job at a time. They will apply at just one store and be on their hook for the next month. They’ll wait at home for the phone call that never arrives. You, on the other hand, are going to take a more aggressive and common sense approach. You will increase your odds of getting called back because you will apply, follow up, and apply again.
I’ve known quite a few people who submit job applications in this manner. These are the types of people who wait around for a whole year and say they can’t get a job because they’ve applied everywhere. That’s not true.
All they did was apply to six different stores through the course of one year. Now how in the world are you going to get hired quickly like that?
Be aggressive and really go after the position you want. Don’t let anything or anyone stand in the way of learning how to get hired quickly. The more you practice the above steps, the more you become proficient at getting hired.