Looking for a little proof in the pudding? Click here to read a letter from a past client who finally got her dream job.
This week I’m also excited to announce that I just had an article published in The Daily Muse! Below is an excerpt and a link to the entire piece. Please use the icons at the end of the article on their site or below this post to share with your networks 🙂
Whether you’re a recent grad, career changer, or in transition due to downsizing, at some point in your life, you’ll probably have to take a job that’s, well, less than ideal. Instead of spending your hours daydreaming about your future corner office, though, it’s essential to make every working moment count. Even seemingly insignificant jobs can be worth much more than the income they generate along the way. So, if you’re contemplating temping, working in retail, helping out at your dad’s firm, or taking the first paying position you were offered “just to pay the bills,” make sure that your gig does at least one of the following:
1. Helps You Develop a Skill for the Future
Think about what skills you might need to have for your dream job down the line, and look for jobs that let you build that experience. For example, when I decided that I wanted to start a nonprofit and realized that fundraising would be part of my daily routine, I knew I needed to beef up my assertiveness. So, I took a telemarketing job, where I spent my days cold calling doctors, persuading them to participate in focus groups.
I’m introverted by nature, so the experience (along with other seemingly insignificant part-time jobs I held, both before and after this one) helped me conquer my fear of the phone, learn to confidently interact with all sorts of people (including total strangers), and altogether come out of my shell. And in the end, these were vital skills for my future in nonprofits, sales, and public speaking. It certainly wasn’t my dream job, but I specifically chose it with the big picture in mind-and it ended up paying dividends far beyond the paycheck.