Shortly after working as a data entry specialist today, I composed a couple of emails to promote a marketing gig I’m working on. After that, I sat down to write this blog. On weekends, I help with cooking classes as a Kitchen Assistant. Let’s just say I like to keep busy- and learn. And I desperately needed a kick to stay organized.
As I see it, there are three main benefits to working a number of jobs. Let’s take a look at what those are.
For one thing, you learn. In fact, you learn a lot. Tackling multiple jobs can seem daunting at first but in many ways it’s the ultimate learning experience. Take me for instance. In one job I’ve learned all about production, operations, sales, shipping and much more. This is a world I had never entered into prior to being hired as a data entry specialist. With my marketing gig, I have been forced to stretch the boundaries of my creativity as a marketing manager by forming strategic partnerships, staffing events and ordering ad space. As I write for the blog, my writing skills are certain to be honed as a freelancer; and customer service is the name of the game while making sure paying students are getting their money’s worth in class. These are all things I have learned on-the-job in my multiple roles.
Which leads me to the second benefit: the ‘jack-of-all-trades’. With today’s economy, employers are looking for people with a large skill set to do the job of a number of people. If you can build a portfolio with a number of different skills on top of your specialty, you’ll look far more impressive to a potential employer than someone who can only exhibit marketing or research skils. Colleges often look for well-rounded students to fill in their community and many companies do the same as well.
Finally, when working for a number of different people you are forced to operate as a well-oiled time machine (not to be confused with a Delorean or other form of fourth dimension travel). You learn to how to schedule and organize yourself in an efficient manner. These are all marketable skills in the workplace and skills that can boost your resume when applying for new positions.
Multi-tasking and keeping busy are crucial when looking for a job or trying to figure out what to do with your life. The old saying goes, “Idle hands are the devil’s play thing.” So if you’re frustrated while looking for a full-time gig, or you have some spare time on your hands, get a couple jobs or volunteer. You’ll make more money, make yourself more marketable, and probably meet some great people doing it.
Stay busy my friends!
Are you someone that works multiple jobs? Do you do it for the money or do you do it to stay busy? Tell us about it in the comments section below.
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