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Tips from The Warehouse

Anna Morgan

At The Warehouse in Wilmington, Employment Specialist Alveda Alfred and her colleagues help get teens ready for life and career with the RISE Program. RISE has two tracks—one for teens 14-18 still enrolled in school and one for teens 16-24 who aren’t currently enrolled. Learn more at TeenWarehouse.org/rise. Here are Alveda Alfred’s resume tips:

  • Research the company before the interview. When was the company founded? Who leads it? What’s their culture like? If it’s a well-known restaurant, such as Chick-fil-A, what’s their most popular item?
  • Define your brand. An interview is all about selling yourself to a potential employer. So what defines your brand? That doesn’t just include your interests or successes, but also challenges you’ve been able to overcome. Sharing challenges will help your potential employer see that you won’t quit your job at the first sign of trouble.
  • Be prepared with follow-up examples. For example, if you tell your employer that one of your skills is de-escalation, make sure you can back that up with a specific situation that you’re comfortable sharing.
  • Ask good questions. Most employers will end a job interview by asking if you have any questions for them. One example of a good question: asking about the company’s plans and goals for the next five years. This conveys that you care about the business and that you might see a longer-term future for yourself there.
  • Don’t forget to follow up. Right after the interview, send the recruiter an email to thank them for their time and for considering you.

Even More Tips on Interviews

Junior Achievement has created free interactive trainings on doing well in a job interview, which can be accessed on the JAConnect™ platform. To find relevant trainings, go to Connect.JA.org and search “interview.”

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