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 Important Career Change Advice

for Finding Your Dream Job in 1892

(Is It Any Help for Finding Your Dream Job

in the 21st Century?)

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The following career advice is excerpted from the book, The Business Guide for Safe Methods of Business by J. E. Hansford, LL.B, first published in 1892 by J. L. Nichols & Co. (also published in 1972 as a facsimile edition by Coles Publishing Company.)

No doubt this advice was invaluable at the end of the nineteenth century.

Only you can decide, however, whether any of this advice will help you find your dream job in the twenty-first century.

How to Apply for a Situation [Job]


1. Fit yourself by securing a fair knowledge of Arithmetic, Geography,
Grammar, United States History, Book-keeping, and master Penmanship
sufficiently so as to write neatly and rapidly. Obtain a good commercial
education in some reliable institution if you possibly can.

2. Secure a few letters of recommendation from your friends and prominent
business men if possible.

3. Make up your mind what business you desire to follow and get a
list of the best houses in this line, and then make preparation to
apply.

4. Then put on your best clothes, see that they are neatly brushed,
than your linen is faultless, your boots blacked, your hands and face clean, and your finger-nails properly trimmed.

5. Go to the best houses first. Walk directly to the office and ask
for the proprietor. If he is not in or, is busy and cannot see you,
say that you may call again and politely leave. Make a note of your
call and then go to the next place on your list.

 

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6. If you succeed in seeing the proprietor and are permitted to state
your case, come to the point at once. Say that you are from Illinois
(or whatever State you are from) and that you have been in the city
for so many days, or weeks, as the case may be, trying to learn some
things that may enable you to be helpful in a business house, and
that you desire to try, wages no object; you are willing to demonstrate
your fitness at whatever work they may have, no matter what it is.

7. If you are fortunate enough to gain the proprietor's confidence,
so that he is willing to try you, be glad and ask him to give you
any work he may have. If he has no work he will say so, and you bid
him good-day and politely retire.

8. Before you go to the next place stop for a moment and consider
first, that you made no failure in not securing a position, for the
reason that it did not exist, and study carefully and see if you have
not made any mistakes in your method of application.

9. Enter the next house with as much courage and confidence as you
would if you were sure of a favorable reply. Adopt the same course
as before, and if unsuccessful, remember that you and God hold the
secret, and keep on in the same way. If in a large city, visit forty
or fifty houses each day. Pluck and perseverance will win you a position,
for many of our most prominent business men of to-day began by working
long and hard in securing their first situation in the same way.

10. Remember that most of the prominent business men of to-day worked
their own way up from the bottom, and they will have considerable
sympathy for a young man who is starting out in life with nothing
but an honest heart and willing hands.

 

COPYRIGHT © 2010 by Ernie J. Zelinski 
 
 Author of the World's Best Retirement Book
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