Since I graduated from college, I’ve probably worked every type of job you can think of. From working as a stock boy, selling pens, to nearly selling knives door to door. I’ve done it all, and at the time, I hated working in all of them.
I thought all these jobs lead to nowhere, leading me to a road of frustration where I felt I wasn’t using all of my God given abilities.
But looking back, these jobs were a blessing because behind the monotony, I learned skills that benefit me to this day. Skills like customer service, problem solving, work ethic, and more importantly, the motivation to want to work harder and move ahead in life.
In the aftermath of the financial crisis, a generation of people have been stuck working in low-paying service sector jobs due to a weak job market or their inability to develop new skills to compensate for the “new economy.”
Yet the economy is rife with opportunity if you are willing to develop new skills;
- Customer Service
- Problem Solving
- Real world experience
Notice selling is at the top of the list. If there is one skill you should master, it’s the art of selling. Whether it’s selling a product, service, or yourself, your ability to sell will set you apart from everybody else. The good news. You can learn these skills right now at your “dead-end job.”
Make your current job a game. Figure how you can make every day a learning opportunity. Rather than thinking of your job as a waste of time, look at it as a launching platform to move on to something better. We all have to start somewhere. Start by learning where you are so you can get to where you want to be.