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New Part Time Job: Babysitting

Anyone who is between jobs or seeking extra employment opportunities can benefit from picking up babysitting as a part-time job. Babysitting as a part-time occupation is very flexible and the opportunities are endless. Many people have children and prefer to do business with small entrepreneurs rather than large daycare facilities. Individual sitters can give their children more attention, which is what they need the most when their parents are away.

Babysitting can be a very fruitful business endeavor. However, obtaining a babysitting position takes skills, poise and strategy. The following are some helpful tips on how to obtain a part time babysitting position:

Gain Some Experience

The first step one should take before seeking a part-time babysitting position is to gain experience. One can gain experience by looking after family members’ children and even doing occasional babysitting for the neighbors. This gives the person a chance to see if he or she enjoys the art of caring for other people’s children. Babysitting is not for everyone. It requires a great amount of compassion, caring and loving attention. Babysitting is not a job that is suitable for everyone. Therefore, the individual should test the waters locally before performing a job search.

Gather References

It is extremely important for an applicant to have business and personal references. Most parents want to make certain that they are leaving their children in the care of someone trustworthy. They will want to verify that the applicant has appropriate experience and that any previous parents will recommend his or her services.

I grew up babysitting and always enjoyed it. I love family. A couple of my closest friends have kids, and I’m their godfather, and that’s one of my greatest pleasures in life, just picking them up from school and hanging out with them.
Matthew perry 

The applicant should have at least three references listed. It is better if at least one reference is not a family member. That way the individual can provide an unbiased reference. Family members are not bad references, but the parents will feel more confident receiving a recommendation from an unrelated party.

Construct a Resume

One way to take a step above everyone else is to build a professional resume. Not many people think to submit a resume to a family looking for a babysitter. However, a resume displays a certain level of professionalism that many other applicants will miss. A resume gives the parents insight to things that are not covered in interviews, such as the applicant’s grammatical skills and work history. Potential babysitting employers like to see a person’s job history because previous work sometimes plays a role in the hiring decision.

A new applicant should seek assistance from some kind of professional resume service. A resume service can help a person to paint a perfect image that will intrigue and entice a potential employer. A resume could be the one thing that decide your future. A resume is crucial to gaining employment.

Begin the job Hunt

The last step in the process is searching for part-time babysitting positions. Applicants can find babysitting positions in the local newspaper, online and sometimes on local flyers. The individual may also wish to place an ad in a local newspaper offering services. No matter where a person finds the position, success will require the same strategy.

Do You Have a Summer Job?

Have you secured employment for the summer between school terms? This would be an ideal time to start thinking about what you want to do for a summer job.

Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT

If you are only in high school, your options will be somewhat limited, since many places of employment only hire those over 18. Mostly they don’t hire anyone under 16, so if you are only a freshman in high school, you will probably have to try something like a paper route or babysitting. Another good option is trying to do odd jobs around the neighborhood. People are always looking for others to mow and water lawns and do similar jobs. If you bring enthusiasm and diligence to this venture, it will not be difficult for you to find a few clients willing to pay you for your services.

If you are an older high school student, then you will have many more options available to you. The easiest possibilities are retail and fast food. These places are constantly hiring, and they are happy to accept high school students. These types of jobs are a great way to build your resume. You need to start somewhere in order to create a work history, and that is as good a place as any for a high school student. Many of these types of jobs offer scholarship and advancement opportunities for those who are hard workers. This will be an opportunity to distinguish yourself while earning some money to put into savings.

Another possibility is working at an amusement park or beach. You could be a ride attendant or a lifeguard. Being a ride attendant or working the concession stand takes less training, but if you go through the effort to become a lifeguard, you will have valuable emergency certification that will be of great use to you in the future, especially if you are interested in jobs that require such training. If nothing else, you will know what to do if you see an emergency happen in front of you.

Once you are in college, you will have many more options open to you. At this point, you will want to start looking into work that reflects your chosen field of study if at all possible. You will be able to draw from your previous work experiences in order to create your resume, and you should also include any relevant experience that you have from college. For instance, if you are going into journalism and want to secure an internship position at the local newspaper, make sure to mention the fact that you wrote for the college newspaper or helped edit the college literary magazine. These types of activities will help you to appear like an enticing employee to potential bosses.

Whatever type of job you decide to look for, make sure that you put some effort into the search and into presenting yourself in as positive light as possible. You have a lot to offer the world, so make sure that your potential employer knows it.

What You Haven’t Learned in School? How to Survive at Work

No one can discredit the importance of education, but schooling only gets you so far. Even if you worked part-time during college or completed an internship, you have no idea what you are in for once you start working full-time. College or specialty schools only give you the skills and information that you need to complete specific tasks in your job. College does not prepare you for what you actually encounter and face in your job. If you want to survive at work, you need to learn the tricks that make you the best employee possible.

The first thing you should learn is to dress appropriately for your job. Some people say that you should dress for the job that you want and not the job you have, but this is potentially risky. If you wear suits on a regular basis, while your co-workers wear jeans, you might draw too much attention to yourself. Take note of how your co-workers dress and present themselves at work and use that as inspiration. Spend time in the morning making yourself presentable and present a professional front. If you wear the wrong type of clothing, your supervisor might overlook you for any potential promotions.

Forming relationships is an important part of surviving in a new job. Even though you might not hang out with your co-workers after work or on weekends, you should still form relationships with those people. You should also attempt to form a relationship with your supervisors or bosses. The only way to get through the day is if you can work comfortably with others. When you set yourself apart from the group, you risk alienating your co-workers. The next time that you need support for a new idea, those co-workers might just look the other way.

I’ve been making a list of the things they don’t teach you at school. They don’t teach you how to love somebody. They don’t teach you how to be famous. They don’t teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don’t teach you how to walk away from someone you don’t love any longer. They don’t teach you how to know what’s going on in someone else’s mind. They don’t teach you what to say to someone who’s dying. They don’t teach you anything worth knowing.

NEIL GAIMAN 

College teaches you skills and how to complete tasks, but it does not teach you how to promote yourself. The only way that you can get ahead in your career field is by promoting your talents. The way that you promote yourself depends on your exact field. You might promote yourself by seeking out new clients or bringing sales from new clients into your business. You might promote yourself by making yourself available to customers and answering any questions that they have. You can even get ahead by taking the initiative and doing the jobs that your co-workers do not want to do.

To gain success in your career, you must take responsibility for your actions. You cannot expect to succeed if you simply do what your supervisor assigns to you. You must be willing to step up to the plate and go beyond your basic tasks. When your supervisor points out something particularly good that you did, make sure that you explain you did it yourself or with help from your co-workers. Only take responsibility for the things that you did and do take away from the work of your co-workers. Do not be afraid to take responsibility for the things that you did wrong either, as your supervisors might view it as a learning experience.

Job Interview: What is your biggest weakness?

A job interview can be stressful no matter what questions are being asked, but there’s one traditional job interview question that strikes fear into the heart of every job candidate: “What is your biggest weakness?”

Why is this question so terrifying? Job seekers are afraid that giving the wrong answer could ruin their chances of being offered the job. If they talk about a weakness that the interviewer sees as a liability, they’re out. If they say the same old thing about “being a perfectionist” or “working too hard,” the interviewer won’t take them seriously. If they make a joke out of it, it will seem like they’re avoiding the issue.

With all those fears that arise in every interview, it seems impossible to get this question right. What can job seekers say about their biggest weakness that will make them look like a better candidate?

The job search experts have conflicting opinions about this topic. Here are a few of the common suggestions for how to answer a question about your biggest weakness.

  • Mention a trait that is usually regarded as negative but put a positive slant on it. As one example, say that you sometimes have trouble delegating work if you think that it will be done more completely by yourself, because you have high standards for excellence.
  • Talk about an issue that you used to struggle with and describe how you’ve addressed the problem. For example, say that you used to have trouble locating important files because you weren’t very organized, but go on to explain how you revamped your systems to improve the results.
  • Tell a story about a great piece of advice you’ve received that helped you overcome your weakness.
  • Say almost anything—what matters isn’t the content of your response, just how you say it. This question is designed to put a job candidate on the spot, so a winning response is one that’s delivered in a calm, lighthearted tone. Another hint: don’t talk too long! Keep your response under 20 seconds.

Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points.

Knute Rockne

Remember, in the end, this is just one question that probably won’t make or break your interview. With a little preparation, you can present your response calmly and with humor, leading your interviewer to the next question—and ultimately, if all goes well, to a job offer.

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