Sidan Baca, Young & Recessioned: Tips On Job Interviews -- Wear Something Classier Than A T-Shirt, Please

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Today's installment of Young & Recessioned features Sidan Baca, who worked as a job recruiter for nine years before leaving the industry to manage Pub Fiction.

Working as a job recruiter is tough. It's a tough market. I [recruited] for just about every industry.

There are a lot of people looking for jobs. And the real answer to that is that the good people will always be working.

I don't have enough time to tell you all the stories [about bad job interviews]. It usually has to do with the presentation.

Don't wear a wife beater when you're applying for a job. That's happened to me before, someone coming in wearing a wife beater.

You have to treat looking for a job as a full-time job. You have to constantly be talking to people. Talk, talk, talk. Give yourself a schedule, 8 to 5, Monday through Friday. That's your job: looking for a job.

It varies on how many applications we get [at Pub Fiction]. Not a lot, actually. I'd say probably three or four a week. When you get the kind of volume we do, you get to pick the best talent out there.

The recession hasn't hurt our business as much as it has the rest of the market.

There aren't a lot of positions that open here, and a lot of people don't leave. It's mostly full-time servers that work here, and full-time bartenders. It's high volume, so they have to have a lot of experience.

I've seen a few people come in that got laid off from their jobs. Maybe they've [worked in a bar] before, and they want to turn it into making some money.

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