The Value of work Experience

By, Kyle H.

A summer or part-tome job pays more than money. Even though the money earned is important, the work experience gained gas a greater long-term value when one applies for a full-tome job after school. Job application documents (the blank application and the personal data sheet) ask you to list jobs you have held and to list as reference the names of individuals who supervised your work.

As once young person was heard to remark, “You can’t get a job without experience, and you can’t get experience without a job.” That dilemma can be overcome, however, by starting work early in life and by accepting simpler jobs that have no minimum age limit and do not require experience.

Begin early at jobs that may not pay especially well but to establish a working track record: delivering newspapers, babysitting, mowing lawns, assisting with gardening, and the like. Use these work experience as spring boards for later jobs as sales clerk, gas station attendant, fast-food worker, lifeguard, playground supervisor assistant, and office staff assistant( after you have developed basic office skills). As you progress through these work exploration experiences, try increasingly to get jobs that have some relationship to your career plans. If, for example, you want a career involving frequent with people, as in sales, seek part-time and summer work that gives you experience in dealing with people.

Whatever the job you are able to get, there are several items that will help you succeed I getting a good recommendation for the next job you seek. You should always be punctual. Get to work on time and return from lunch and other breaks promptly. It is also important to get along well with others. Do your job well and offer to assist others who may need help. Take directions with a smile instead of a frown. Good employees speak proper English. Teenage jargon is often lost on the adults who are likely to be your supervisors. Lastly, dress the part. Observe the unwritten dress code; dress as others on the job. Always be neat and clean.

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