"Are you hiring?" How to approach a manager for a job

Before you walk in, use these three expert tips to get prepared and wow the hiring manager.

Amber Shiflett |

If you really want a job sometimes you just gotta go get it. These days most businesses only accept online applications. But if you want to stand out, walking into your favorite boutique or restaurant can be a your opportunity to leave a lasting impression and land the job.

Three expert tips to get prepared and wow the hiring manage:

1. Come ready: 

Visiting the business in person is your opportunity to make a first impression before the application. When you're asking about potential job openings don't waste the manager's time. Hiring managers use this opportunity to see if you'd be a good fit for their company.

So research them and be prepared to answer some basic questions like "why do you want to work here?" or "what kind of experience do you have?" This is a your opportunity to give the hiring manager a taste of your winning personality before submitting your application.

2. Treat it like an interview:

 This is the first impression you'll make on the manager. So you want to look fresh and act professional. Don't just wear jeans and a t-shirt. Instead, dress like you would for an interview.

It's not all about looking the part though, when you introduce yourself give a firm handshake and ask if they're hiring. And don't forget to come prepared with a copies of your resume to leave behind. This gives the hiring manager something to refer back to and keep on file if they're not currently hiring.

3. Timing is everything: 

Showing up during a rush or peak business hours is an easy way to make a bad impression. Avoid looking unprofessional by visiting the business during their slower hours. This is typically between 2 and 4 pm for restaurants and after 4 pm for retail stores. Bonus: stopping by during slow hours could give you a little extra time to chat up the manager and let your personality shine.

Walking into a business may seem scary but if you follow these tips you're sure to make a good impression, which is exactly what you need to stand out to a hiring manager who's swimming in applications.