Working With Small Businesses

Most of the advice given for finding a job deals with big businesses. There are, however, still small businesses or mom-and-pop stores that are not the same as the more prominent brands. These stores and shops can be great places to get a job, especially if you are a little older.

Getting hired at a small business can be good with the right approach. Here are some tips to help you land that job:

  1. Before approaching the store owner, research the business. Learn as much as you can about its products, services, and values. This will show the owner that you are genuinely interested in working for them.
  2. First impressions are everything. Dress appropriately for the job you seek, and make sure you look clean and presentable.
  3. Confidence is critical when asking for a job. Introduce yourself to the store owner and explain why you want to work for their business. Highlight your skills and any relevant experience you have.
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask the store owner if any job openings are available. If there aren’t any positions open, ask if you can leave your resume in case openings arise.
  5. Make sure to follow up with the store owner from time to time. This shows you are serious about the job and can help you stand out from other candidates.

Asking for a job can be nerve-racking, but the right approach can lead to a rewarding career. Good luck with your job search!

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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