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Always do this:

  • Bring a pen, or several pens to fill out a job application
  • Come dressed appropriately. Rule of Thumb – come to an interview prepared to start the job you are applying for immediately
  • Make sure you introduce yourself to the person who does the hiring
  • Fill out the application form completely, spelling counts
  • Act courteously at all times. Employers see many applicants and remember the ones with good manners
  • Apply to a potential employer at a time most convenient for the employer, not yourself. DO make sure you are not interfering with the operations of the potential employer when you are applying
  • Thank the person who has interviewed you, or has provided the application
  • Have a specific idea about the job you are applying for, and reasons why you are qualified for it
  • Have a resume, if possible

Do not do this:

  • DON’T call a prospective employer on the phone to ask about job availability. Always apply in person
  • DON’T go to an interview, or apply for a job with a group of friends, unless they are also looking for work and are prepared to follow the rules above
  • DON’T wear offensive slogans on shirts or jewelry, or radical street clothes into the business that you are applying
  • DON’T apply for a job at the peak hours of business
  • DON’T forget to find out whom you should be dealing with about job hiring
  • DON’T assume that you either will or won’t get the job you are applying for
  • DON’T be late for an interview. If you are always early, you won’t be late.  Most job positions are applied for by dozens of applicants with almost the same credentials. That means that you must provide an edge, and separate yourself

Source – Maryland State Dept. of Education