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Applying for my first job- advice?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Kibuddy, May 10, 2006.

  1. Kibuddy


    Apr 30, 2005
    Well, as the title suggests, I'm applying for my first job this weekend. I'm applying to a hardware store, but I'm a bit nervous about it. I was wondering if you guys had any advice for me, though. I'd prefer not to do something really stupid and not get hired because of it.

    Thanks a bunch!
  2. irjason

    irjason In Memoriam

    Nov 17, 2001
    Louisville, KY
    I assume they are hiring ATM. I always follow up a couple of days after an application or resume. Give the manager or whever does the hiring a call and see if they've had a chance to look over your application yet. This shows that you're interested and motivated. More times than not they will go ahead and schedule you to come in for an interview while you're on the phone.
  3. Kibuddy


    Apr 30, 2005

    Yes, they are hiring. There's a "help wanted" sign in the window, which is what gave me the idea to apply there. :D

    I'll make sure to keep that in mind. Thanks!
  4. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    Dress nice, no jeans!
  5. Kibuddy


    Apr 30, 2005

    I suppose I should go out and buy some nice pants, then. :ninja:

    I'm assuming a striped, button-up, collared shirt will be okay?
  6. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Honestly, what kind of hardware store is it? Small independent shop or large chain?

    I work in a small chain with seven stores in New Jersey. I have seen people turned away wearing slacks and a collared shirt, while I was hired wearing jeans and a tshirt. Be yourself and be willing to do work that nobody really wants to. I've been with the company for two years and am considered an asset to our store.

    Dickie's pants or nice jeans would be ideal, perhaps a collared polo shirt, I wouldn't go too far above that. They're going to see if they think you'd be a good fit for the store, and image helps a lot. If you come across as a prep when the store is down and dirty, they may skip you over.

    However, I can tell you from personal experience, if they have help wanted signs, they'll probably take you. Just be yourself in the interview, be honest, and show that you can take initiative.
  7. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    That's good advice for sure!

    It'd be worth taking a reccie around the store before the interview to get to know the store a little bit what they sell, what their current staff are like.
  8. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    1) Don't chew gum on your interview
    2) Establish and maintain eye contact
    3) Don't lie about any of your qualifications
    4) Avoid words like "ummm" and "uhhh".
    5) Ask the person interviewing you why they work there.
    6) Wash your hands and clean your fingernails.
    7) If you are greeted by a man, use a firm solid handshake while maintaining eye contact.
    8) Bring your resume with you, and your references. Even if they already have a copy, you want a copy for yourself.
    9) Sit up straight.
    10) Make an effort to show them why they need to hire you, and what you will do for them.
    11) Let the interviewer bring up compensation, and benefits.

  9. d8g3jdh

    d8g3jdh Guest

    Aug 9, 2005
    -Cover Letter
    -Eye Contact
    -Get to know the store, the business
    -Follow up at most a week after the interview, maybe sooner
    -Get a sense of the general dress code, and dress one step up from that
    -Don't lie
    -Everything else already suggested

    Good luck!
  10. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    Mike makes alot of good points. I'd also add that if you are greeted by a woman, give a firm handshake with solid eye contact. Don't crush her hand - she's not on your sports team - just dont be wet.
  11. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Good call on that one.

  12. dont worry so much about your resume. You obviously wont have much to put on it. In your cover letter try to include things like dependable, honest, energetic, disiplined. yadda... They arent going to hire you because of experience, so you need to give them a reason... and your young so they will understand and hopefully give you a chance.
  13. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    Punctual, respectful, attentive, communicator, team-work, good at seeing-a-job-through.
  14. I'll probably get burned for this, but do your best to look like the kid next door (hide tats, remove earrings, comb your hair, etc). Sounds stupid, but you'd be surprised how many people (like my brother-in-law) who think they can fill out an application looking like they just rolled out of bed and are preparing to start a 4 day bender with some hookers.

    I put 5 years in at local hardware stores. It can be a great learning experience once you get the feel of it.

  15. jkritchey


    Jul 23, 2002
    Northern Va.
    Don't do it!! Once you start working, you can't stop!! It becomes increasingly more time consuming and demanding!:help:


    Good Luck! Dress neatly, speak in a loud clear voice, and be exceptionally courteous....
  16. Kibuddy


    Apr 30, 2005
    Thanks for the advice, everyone!

    Ah, I probably should have mentioned that. It's a large chain- Ace Hardware.

    Actually, I did just that yesterday. I stop by there fairly requently, anyways, though. They're (quite literally) about a 60 second walk from my house, and with all of the work we've been doing on my house over the years, I find myself getting sent down there for supplies all the time.

    Duly noted, thanks!

    As much as I love not having to do anything, I'm getting to that age where I want to buy stuff, pay for dates, pay for car insurance, gas, GAS, and whatnot. :D

    Thanks again, everyone. I'll be going in on Saturday (the owner has today off, and I'll be Massachusetts all day tomorrow). I'll post again with the results afterwards.
  17. kserg


    Feb 20, 2004
    London, UK
    Be punk, they like a nonconformist.

    If they say no, cry like a little girl and say "this job is only way i can support my crack habbit, please please please hire me".

    totally works!

  18. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Typically screws come in
    and so forth.

    They have coarse threads (1/4 - 20) and fine threads
    (1/4 -32) measured in the number of threads per inch.

    That should WOW them!

    Good luck. You seem like a good person, they will
    be lucky to have you.
  19. :)

    Now they're wowed. Before they were just impressed.

  20. arbitrary

    arbitrary Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2005
    Boston, MA

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