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Memorization and Jobs and things. - May 6th 2015, 01:25 AM


I got a summer job! Yay me!

I have to memorize this paper. By Thursday. What are some tips for quick memorization? I'm studying for my last two finals on top of it. I need to memorize the paper for the job I'm going to be doing though because it's basically my "skit" for what I say to people.

Also, just in general, what are some good tips for being a good employee? I know that there will be a few days I miss work due to appointments, and I will tell them what dates these appointments are in advance. They're things I can't reschedule to next semester because they're medication check ins and a dentist appointment (I haven't been in like a year. I will be taking a train into the city from my home and then walking to the job, so I also know to call if the train is running late.

I'll be doing a lot of knocking on people's doors asking for petition signatures and fundraising. Any tips on how to be good at that?

Or to be a good employee in general? I basically want to be as good of an employee as possible because the thing I am campaigning for is actually related to my major so I want to get my foot in the door in the right way.

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Re: Memorization and Jobs and things. - May 6th 2015, 02:57 AM

A good way is to learn line by line and add on once you have that line down. Also dressing appropriately for what you are doing is good. Obviously being polite. And taking no for an answer lol.

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Re: Memorization and Jobs and things. - May 6th 2015, 03:06 AM

Try the addition of chocolates to celebrate every line that you successfully memorise! As for the petition signatures, make sure you are genuine. People are much more inclined to listen if they know you are actually talking to them rather than reading off a script . Congratulations though, dude!

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Re: Memorization and Jobs and things. - May 6th 2015, 03:10 AM

Congratulations on landing a summer job, Dez!

Since the paper is basically a script, your best bet for memorizing it is to role play it with someone. Maybe your sister, one of your parents, or a friend can play the role of the customer. Run through it a couple times reading it straight off the paper, then try it a few times from memory. With something like this, you don't need to have the skit completely memorized. Feel free to put your own spin on it to make it a little easier to remember. The only thing that you really need to have memorized is the information about the product/service that you are attempting to convince people to sign for.

I've been working at my current job for the past three years, so I've definitely seen examples of good employees and bad employees, as well as learning how to better myself as an employee. The most important thing is to give 110% every time you go to work. Everyone has days where they don't feel like being there and/or doing the work. Since your job requires you to go door to door, I'm getting the impression that you won't be under a lot of direct supervision. That kind of work environment can make it easy to half-ass everything and just say that no one was interested. By giving 110% every time and showing results, your employer(s) will see that you actually are dedicated to doing a good job.

The other important thing, which you already touched on a bit, is sticking to your schedule. When asking for days off, make sure you include WHY you need the day off, as some employers work on an "approve or deny" basis. You don't have to go into great detail about the reason for the appointments, but letting them know that they are long-standing doctors appointments will make your employer more likely to grant your request for a day off. Beyond that, stick to your schedule as close as you possibly can. Obviously life happens and there will be a day here and there that you need to call off the morning of your scheduled shift due to illness or emergency. Just do your best to keep those days as few and far between as you possibly can.

When it comes to getting signatures, just be genuine. I know this isn't really the same thing, but I'm required to ask customers to apply for our store's credit card during my shifts. This is where putting your own spin on the script comes in handy. If it sounds like you're just speaking based on a script, customers are less likely to sign your petition. On the other hand, they're more likely to listen to what you have to say and sign the petition if it seems like you actually believe in what you are trying to convince them to do. It sounds cheesy, but just be yourself!

One last thing: attitude. Some tasks that you're assigned to may not be particularly appealing to you, but it's important that you maintain a positive attitude anyways. Showing your employer that you're willing to do whatever is assigned to you to the best of your abilities might encourage them to give you more hours or give you more important roles in your company.

Good luck with this job, Dez! You're gonna kill it!

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Re: Memorization and Jobs and things. - May 6th 2015, 09:10 PM

Turns out I'm not getting this job so closing this thread.

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