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Job Search 101 – #101

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Since it’s the 101st episode of the QC STEP Podcast, we decided to go back to the basics of the job search and cover them in “Job Search 101”. In the episode, I talk about getting organized and practicing, and how those things can help you in your job search.

Some of you Seniors will be done with high school in the next few weeks. I also use this episode to talk with you about the short amount of time QC STEP staff has to work with you. I also use the opportunity to implore to underclassmen to take advantage of STEP services.

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100 Reasons to Work

Welcome to the 100th episode of The QC STEP Podcast!

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We weren’t sure what to do with the 100th episode of our podcast. A student from Mercer County proposed an idea and we thought it was perfect. This student suggested we give 100 reasons someone should work. We are always giving you reasons to work and this is a great way to compile them all together and share them.

Joining me on this episode, other QC STEP staff: Don Kearney, Cari Stewart, Gary Maiden, and Rob Hull.

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Turn a Seasonal Position Into a Permanent Position – #99

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Some of you may have been hired by retail businesses to fill temporary seasonal positions. So how do you take a temporary seasonal position and turn it into a regular permanent position? That’s what we’re talking about on episode #99 of The QC STEP Podcast.

In this episode, you’ll learn how the following three things can help you turn your seasonal position into a permanent position:

  • Attitude
  • Reliability
  • Acting like a permanent employee

The next episode of this podcast is our 100th episode and we’d like to do a student question episode. So we want your employment questions. It could be application questions, interview questions or on-the-job questions…and anything in-between.

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Day of Transition 2015 – #98

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This episode of The QC STEP Podcast is directed at our students that will be attending the Day of Transition 2015. If you will not be attending our program’s Day of Transition, consider finding a different episode of the podcast. In this episode, I suggest Episode #88 – 4 Tips for Taking Stress Out of Job Interviews.

On this episode, I explain the purpose of the Day of Transition. I share the agenda for our one-day conference by going through the different sessions you might be a part of and listing the speakers that will be presenting.

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Going From Part-Time to Full-Time – #97

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On this episode of The QC STEP Podcast, we have a topic for those of you that are not yet working and we have an on-the-job topic.

We start things off with a student question. A student from Mercer County High School student asks:

I’d like to go from part-time to full-time. How do I ask my boss about this?”

This is a great question and it allows us to look at many different aspects of full-time employment. We look at what effect a move to full-time employment can have on your school work, family life and social life. I share what you should do before asking about a move to full time employment. It’s important to demonstrate to your boss that you’re deserving of a full-time position. Full time positions cost businesses money through various benefits and a boss is not going to want to move someone into a full-time position unless they value them as an employee. Here’s what you can do to show that you’re deserving a full-time position:

  1. Be at work every day.  Be on time every day.
  2. Do a good job and fulfill all of your job responsibilities.
  3. Go above and beyond what is expected of you.

Once we’ve established how to demonstrate that you’re deserving of a full-time position, it’s time to talk with your boss.  It’s a good idea to have this discussion rehearsed and planned out.  You’ll want to:

  1. Schedule a meeting.
  2. Tell your boss how working for them has made you a better and more knowledgable worker.
  3. Express an interest in a full-time position.
  4. Tell your boss why you think you deserve a full-time position.

We also look at how to handle the situation if you are not offered a full-time position.  I share how to use the rejection as motivation and avoid being discouraged.

If you’re looking for a job, we have a segment of this episode for you.  I recently read a study that said employers prefer to hire the friends and relatives of their employees.  We talk about networking and using your network to find a job frequently here on the podcast.

 

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Job Leads – 10/19/15

Kmart – Seasonal Associates – Click here to apply online!
Rave Cinemas – Concessions and Ushers – Click here to apply online!
Hy-Vee in Moline (Ave of the Cities) – Checker, Salad Bar Express Clerk – Click here to apply online!
Hy-Vee in Rock Island – Kitchen Clerk, Salad Bar Express Clerk – Click here to apply online!
Hy-Vee in Milan – Courtesy Clerk, Deli Clerk – Click here to apply online!
Hy-Vee in Silvis – Courtesy Clerk, Bakery Clerk, Checker – Click here to apply online!

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3 Ways to Ace a Job Interview – #96

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On the last episode of the podcast, we talked about seasonal jobs. Because of the number of job openings this time of year, businesses conduct significantly more interviews and that means that if you apply for jobs, you’re more likely to get an interview.

If job interviews are easier to get this time of year, let’s not let opportunities pass us by. On this episode, we’re giving you three ways to ace a job interview.

We also answer a student question on this episode. A student from Rockridge High School asks a question about using pens on a job applications.

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Seasonal Jobs – #95

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On episode #95 of The QC STEP Podcast, we’re talking about seasonal jobs. Although they may be advertised as temporary positions, seasonal jobs are great opportunities for high school students.

In this episode, I explain what seasonal jobs are, why you should apply for them, where you can find them, how seasonal jobs are different than regular jobs and how interviews for seasonal jobs might be different than regular job interviews.

We also have a student question on this episode. A student from Moline High School asks, “How do you inform your boss that you plan to quit because you found a new job?”

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Job Leads – 9/16/15

Target (Moline) – Sales Floor – Click here to apply online!

Champs Sports (Southpark Mall) – Sales Associate – Click here to apply online!

Dick’s Sporting Goods (Southpark Mall) – Several positions – Click here to apply online!

Dillard’s (Southpark Mall) – Sales Associates – Click here to apply online!

Gordman’s (near Southpark Mall) – Seasonal Associate – Click here to apply online!

KFC (near Southpark Mall) – Click here to apply online!

Kmart (Moline) – Apparel Associate – Click here to apply online!

Kmart (Moline) – Cashier – Click here to apply online!

Taco Bell (Rock Island) – Cashier and Food Prep – Apply online at TacoBell.com or apply in person and ask for Branden.

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“Accepting Applications” – #94

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On this week’s episode of The QC STEP Podcast, we’re talking about the term “Accepting Applications”. If you call a business or stop in to see if they are hiring, you will sometimes get the response, “We are accepting applications.” It’s a bit of a confusing answer. On this episode, we talk about what types of businesses are frequently “accepting applications” and why they take this approach to hiring.

We also talk about what your response to this answer should be, both at the moment and afterwards. We always say on this podcast how important it is to follow up after you apply and interview for a position. It’s even more important when it comes to businesses that say they are accepting applications and on this episode, you’ll learn why.

We have a question from a student at Mercer County High School. This student asks, “What should I do if I would like to become a vet tech?” and “Should I have a job shadow?”

We cover the different resources you can use to determine if your career goals are realistic and what you should do to start preparing yourself for any post-secondary training that might be necessary for that particular career goal.

Retail businesses are already advertising their seasonal openings and I share a statistic I recently read about the amount of time most job seekers spend on their job search.