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Sometimes it's good to look back on where you came from and the experiences you've had. Recently I was contacted by the job search platform TheLadders. They asked me if I could reminisce about my first job experience and what I learned from it. I've had many jobs over the years and I've learned a lot from all of them. My first job, however, was the first time I ever worked for a bigger company.
YES. My first job was at Taco Bell. I can still smell the faux fresh lettuce and the fryers going. And, yes, the beef is kinda gross. And YES I do still love Taco Bell. Give me a chicken crunch wrap any day (insert that new taco and burrito emoji here.)
I started out working on the cash registers. This was a rather smooth transition because growing up I often worked at my parents Shoe and Tailoring shop. I used to work the registers, count money, and make connections with our regular and new customers every day. I LOVED working the cash registers at Taco Bell because I got to interact with patrons. You learn quickly the type of customer service you need for any given situation. Usually people were very happy to get their super stuffed grilled burrito concoctions. Sometimes, however, if something was wrong with the order, people would be very upset. This is where you learn to smile, be positive, and show the customer that what they want is important.
Being that this was my first job that I applied for all on my own I needed to take ownership. You are responsible for showing up for work, fulfilling your duties, asking questions, etc. If I made a mistake I needed to own up to it. If I was rude to a customer, I needed to own up to it.
Taco Bell taught me some solid work ethic, as silly as it sounds. It prepared me for what was to come much later in life. After graduating college almost every person has a bit of a train of jobs that might not be exactly what you're looking for. I also went through this, but each job is a season. The Lord never puts you in a place he doesn't want you to be in. You have that job for a reason; you need to find the positives in it because you're going to learn from it one way or another.
Along with that though, there is no need to settle. You work to what you want you life to be. If you are still looking and searching try to use TheLadders Job Search Platform. They just might be able to help you find your dream job or your next step up the ladder.