Oct 31, 2011
It is not always the best idea to aim for a top position when entering the job market as most people may think. Oftentimes, starting from scratch is the way to success learning the basic fundamentals of they field of employment as well as the kind of work ethic required. One must also learn how to interact with their fellow employees in that particular work environment.
With that in mind, an entry level job is the type of job one must consider acceptable in their social circles as well. One of the nice things about an entry level job is that no experience is required, no expertise is expected and minimal skills are acceptable.
Part of the payoff is that an entry level job is going to be lower paying, may need you to deal with the elements and probably require some physical labor.
Expect that you will not be covered by the company health insurance plan in this type of position and that your wages will be on the lower end of the scale so be sure to aware that any illness expense will come right out of your pocket. This would not apply to any accidental injuries at work because your employer is required by governmental authorities to have proper insurance in place to protect those that work there.
Although an entry level position can be a full time position, there is a good chance that you would have to work on a part time basis initially. Fast food restaurants, cashiers, customer service representatives are all positions that could be considered entry level jobs.
Ignoring an entry level job as you begin your job search is not a always a good idea because they are generally an opportunity to get your foot in the door with a good company and are generally available in any economic situation.
Studies have indicated that those people that graduate from college and are immediately thrust into a higher paying position get bored and disillusioned as they realize that they have no opportunity to advance with their current firm.
Consider an entry level job as the first steps to a successful career. For those that want to be promoted and move up the chain to a better job in the same company, here are a few ideas:
1. Show that you care about your job and the company that writes your check with efficiency and enthusiasm.
2. Learn your job and ask those that are good in it for ideas on how to improve as an employee.
3. The customer is always the customer… they might not always be right but make sure you show the customer the utmost respect.
4. Try and learn the names of the regular customers and their likes and dislikes. People love to be appreciated.
Take these ideas to heart, fine tune the qualities it takes to be a good employee and your chances of getting promoted to a higher paying position as well as regular raises will most certainly increase.
By Will Stone