Are you a student over 18? Part-time teacher? Parent? Just someone that needs some extra income? Some free food and drinks perhaps? Would you like to pick your own hours? - Casual work is available to you now...
The following is an article taken from Choices Magazine after a visit to the Mystery Shopping Club.
"Wanted: Shopaholic nosey parker with excellent observational skills, a good ear and flexible attitude to part-time work. Anyone can apply. Work available in all areas. Must be prepared to eat free meals, enjoy shopping discounts and visit pubs - and be paid for it."
Believe it or not, the above job advertisement is not as far fetched as it sounds. If you love shopping, you'll be pleased to hear that it's possible to shop for a living. In fact, it's a multi-million pound industry for market research companies who employ "mystery shoppers" to shop up and down the country - all in the name of customer service and research.
There are a number of mystery shopping companies who organise whole armies of professional shoppers on behalf of retailers, pubs, restaurants, banks and other service industries. Their mission? To mingle in, look inconspicuous and file a report on anything from customer service to cleanliness in the restrooms.
If you visit one or two pubs in a night, you'll get your food and drink paid for, travel expenses and you'll be paid anything from £6.00 to £8.00 up for each visit.
But there is one problem with mystery shopping: truly dedicated shoppers never switch off from their work. You'll find yourself compulsively evaluating service and checking ceilings for cobwebs even when you're not on duty. It eventually becomes a part of your life.
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"Why Can't You Find A Job In This Economy?"
By Guest Writer Deborah Brown
I hear a lot of people say that they have to stay in a job
they dislike because there are no available jobs today.
They tell me to look around and see the layoffs, see all
the people out of work, and see the companies whose
earnings are lower. How can they possibly look for
something else? They should just be grateful for what
Yes, the economy is worse today than it was 2 years ago,
but is that a reason to stay in a job that is making you
unhappy? You can give into the notion that it cannot
happen for you, or you can do something about it.
Which way do you want it to go?
So, how do you find a job in this economy? Follow these
1. Believe That It Is Possible To Find Another Job:
This is the first and most important step, as believing
that it is possible will put you on the pathway to making
it happen. Sure there are layoffs in today's economy.
And, people you know still have not found jobs since they
were let go. I am not saying it will be easy, or will not
take some time, but that does not mean that it cannot
happen. Believe that it can, and put steps in place to
make it a reality.
2. Stop Listening To Other People Who Say There Are No
There are still plenty of companies looking for good
people, and you are one of the people they want. People
sometimes say that it can not be done because of their own
fears or misfortunes. Maybe they have wanted another job
for a long time, but have been afraid to do anything about
it. Or, maybe they have been looking for a while with no
luck. So what they are really saying is "I am afraid I will
not find another job", or "Finding a job has been difficult
Each person's search is different and your experience may
be more positive that those who are afraid or have had
trouble. Once you have this perspective, you can see that
that there is no real evidence that no jobs exist, just
other people's opinion about what the job market has been
for them. You are not out to save the world, you just need
3. Update Your Resume:
This seems simple enough, but I see the resume process as
the number one roadblock that keeps people from starting
their job search. They wonder "What did I accomplish at
my present/last job?" or "Maybe my experience will not be
worthwhile to another employer?" Updating your resume can
be daunting at first, but once you sit down and think about
all the things that you did accomplish, the ideas will
4. Start Researching Companies You Want To Work For:
Yes, even if this economy you can still say whom you want
to work for. Get on the Internet and start looking at the
companies that interest you. Write them a letter or send
them an e-mail telling them why you want to work for them
based on the conclusions you made from researching their
company. They will appreciate the time you took to do
this, and you may be rewarded with an interview, or even
5. Get An Action Plan Together:
By what date do you want to have your new job? What action
steps will you take to make this happen? Once you have
your job search mapped out, you can move forward. Remember
there is no outcome without a goal. And planning on the
front end will make your job search easier, and more
6. Get Support:
Enlist the help of a friend, spouse, coach, etc. Someone
who will objectively support you and keep you accountable
for your word. Looking for another job can be frustrating,
time consuming, and disappointing. You want someone who
can support you through the obstacles, both external and
internal. Remember that you do not have to conduct a job
search on your own.
7. Reward Yourself:
Yes, the final reward is a job you love, but there are
milestones that can be rewarded along the way. Sent your
resume to five employers? Reward! Went on one job
interview this week? Reward! When you look back at your
job search from your new desk, you will be grateful for the
journey, as this is what brought the brand new happy you!
So, what will it be? You only have one life to live
so it might as well be a life you love.
We realise an interview can be a stressful experience, but there is help at hand. Read the following tried and trusted tips carefully and be prepared.
Place a piece of paper and a pen in front of you now.
There are few things worse in life than running late for an important interview. Consider setting the alarm much earlier than usual and giving yourself TOO MUCH time. It will enable you to arrive a little early and you'll have time to collect your thoughts. Write a list of the things that you will have to do on the morning of the interview and the times that you have to do them. Along with the time of the alarm call, write down the time you expect to be finished breakfast, get washed and dressed, get the kids to school etc. and keep to this schedule.
Plan what you are going to wear to the interview well in advance - make sure that you will look smart and tidy. You don't want to be rushing around at the last minute and risk being late.
Try to find out a bit about the company beforehand. Ask family, friends and neighbours and check if there is any information at your local library.
Know what you are going to say to them and try to anticipate the questions they might ask you.
Make eye contact, smile and shake hands firmly and with confidence - first impressions DO matter.
Wait until you're asked to sit down.
Don't slouch in your chair, fidget, swear or smoke. Don't cross your arms, keep them on your lap. Look and be professional.
Keep car keys in your pocket or bag - held car keys may give the impression that you are in a hurry.
Don't keep looking down or away from the interviewer - maintain eye contact.
Don't mumble and don't interrupt the interviewer. Answer questions honestly in a clear and confident voice, but don't sound overconfident or jokey.
Nod occasionally when the interviewer is talking, to show that you are paying attention. Sound enthusiastic about the company and the job.
Ask the interviewer for clarification if you don't understand a question or answer, it could be crucial.
Only after you are offered the position ask more detailed questions about pay, holiday, etc.
Thank them, smile and shake their hand on the way out.
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