You May be Worth More than You Realize!

I know a stay at home mom who recently went back to work part time. She had a few hours to spare and the extra money was going to be a big help to her family. Through the process of getting hired and trained, she learned a few things about the current job market.

The first thing she learned was that it is hard to find young employees who are interested in a job. Her employer said that finding help is difficult. The location is a trendy restaurant in our small town. It has lots of customers and the potential for quite a few hours a week. You would think it would be ideal for the average high school or college student. However, it has been difficult for the owners to find qualified and willing employees.

Working in a job like this is a perfect way to discover the type of work that is a good fit. It’s a great way to gain experience and grow your marketable skills. It is a little surprising when a student, or any young person, are reluctant to fill jobs like this. There are more of them available than you realize!

So in case you want to take advantage of this open job market, here is a short list of the types of skills necessary to be a good candidate:

1.  Knowing how to do manual labor

It’s understandable that a teen may not know how to use a commercial mop effectively, but how about a broom and dustpan, or washing dishes? Some of these skills should be a prerequisite to growing up. If you have been exposed to these chores in the past, and have gained some proficiency, your value in the marketplace will go up.

2. Understanding how to make something visually appealing

It’s really important for new employees to understand that the product needs to be visually appealing. So if you are working in a restaurant, the sandwich needs to be assembled in the correct way. It has to look like the picture in the menu. If you understand this concept and can demonstrate your commitment to quality, your value will increase.

3. Knowing how to think on your feet

This skill can be hard for some personality types, but it can also be taught and learned. Usually, it comes from being in stressful situations. When you don’t have instructions, a cue card or a script, are you able to make a decision on your own? Can you process the information at hand and make a responsible call? If you can do this, your boss will be impressed and good things could happen for you.

4. Understanding the implications of your behavior

Showing up on time, being respectful, not asking to leave early, doing quality work, and recognizing the impact of your action or inaction are all valuable. These are signs of maturity and they don’t necessarily come with age, although that is what normally happens. If you are mature as a young person, you will bring value to any organization.

5. Working with a team

Most business will need you to work in a team environment. This means dealing with all personality types. Can you work with anyone? Can you handle conflict? Can you stand up for yourself without getting into a fight? Do you know when to bring something to a manager? Are you able to carry your share of the load? Do you tend to push your work off on others? Do you do more than what is required? Can you do quality work when others don’t? All of these are huge questions.

6. Making change on a cash payment

This involves simple math and there are simple tricks to help you learn this quickly. Take the time to learn. When you walk into a job where this is required and you already know how to effectively make change or count money, this is a valuable.

7. Being Courteous

Courtesy is huge when it comes to coworkers as well as customers. It is not always common, however. If you have grown up in a larger family this may come a bit easier, but the bottom line is, this skill is mainly learned at home. As a rule, most of us are naturally selfish, so we all need to work at cooperation. Courtesy is putting the other person before yourself. It’s letting other people win. It recognizes that someone else may have a better way to do something. Learn this skill and apply it!

So do you have what it takes to get hired in today’s job market? You may be worth more than you realize! You may also want to give your folks a call and thank them for being tough parents.

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About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!