Apprenticeships are a way to get on-the-job training…while being paid! Learn about apprenticeships in Washington at Labor & Industries website.
This is a great way to find work because, as explained in How to Find Hidden Jobs, employers may be expanding or losing someone due to firing or quitting at any time.
Here’s what you want to do
- Dress like you’re going to an interview. You might just get one.
- Be ready to fill out an application. Have your basic info with you.
- Show up like you’re having a great day. Be respectful of everyone there.
- Always speak of what you have to offer them. Jobs are not based on need.
- Sometimes employers are surprisingly fast. You could show up and they ask when you can start. This is when you want to be ready with some questions of your own such as:
- How many hours are you expected to work each week? What will your schedule be?
- Who will you be working with and reporting to?
- What kind of work will you be doing?
- What will you be expected to know when you start?
- What is the pay?
- It’s best to have some kind of a resume ready so they can see, at a glance, your skills and how to contact you.
- If this is a place where you think you could really fit in and contribute then be gently persistent. Ask when a good time would be to check in and then make absolutely sure you check back.
- Send a Thank You note even if they just answer a few questions. When you call or visit again chances are they’ll remember you more favorably.