We met Randon on Twitter (are you following us yet?) and were immediately struck by his optimism, enthusiasm, and entrepreneurship. He is still in college but has started his own educational employment site for college students Job-U. We decided to ask him about his first job and he was kind enough to share some tips with us.
MFP: What was your first job as a teenager?
I worked at footlocker, and I was 15 years old, that job lasted my entire high school life. My true first job was at 13 years old, my grandpa made me answer phones and file papers for his accounting firm.
MFP: How did you find that first job?
My brother worked for a footlocker in a mall and if one footlocker ran out a product, we’ll travel to another location, so we pretty much knew all the managers. I applied for the job and the rest is history.
MFP: What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Students should always keep their options open, don’t zero in on just one job, for example when I applied to footlocker, even knowing that this location was hiring and I knew the manager, I applied to about 6 other locations as well as a year-round camp for elementary school students. But prior to applying, self evaluate, ask your parents/teachers to interview you.
MFP: What are some important things to know for the interview, etc.:
Know your strengths, be polite, look the interviewer in the eye when shaking his/her hand, and ask them about themselves and what to expect from them (if its the manager). It separates you from the bunch and immediately makes an impact. However, remain professional and always make the interviewer aware that you’re responsible and trustworthy.
MFP: How has that job helped you as you grow older?
The footlocker job has helped me by exposing me to different types of people. Once I started selling, I had to learn how to talk to different types of people in a persuasive way. You’ll find that in life, you’re always selling yourself, whether you know it or not.
MFP: What piece of advice would you offer somebody looking for a job?
I would tell them to remain optimistic and persistant, especially during the recession. A lot of people I know are bummed out and don’t want to settle for a job paying less than what they’re looking for, if you work hard, theres always a raise waiting for you around the corner. And a job gives you one thing that’s very invaluable, and that’s experience.
Randon J. Johnson is the Founding Editor of Job-U.com and a student at Xavier University in New Orleans.