How to survive a survival job

So you have taken a survival job to tide yourself over during this ongoing depressed job market.

Nobody has to tell you what a survival job is. It requires lower skills, pays a lower salary, and you’re hanging in there until you can find the kind of job you’ve been trained to do or the new career you’ve been wanting to do.

The formerly well heeled find themselves surviving in a survival job by filling saltshakers at diners, selling sweaters or cell phones, and making telemarketing calls. A survival job can be a lifesaver or a self-esteem sapper. It all depends on your attitude.

So why not look to your survival job as fodder for your resume. Perhaps you’ve known all along that you needed customer service experience. Now that you’re selling cell phones, keep notes on what you observe. You can try to link what you’re learning about consumer buying patterns or marketing luxury goods to the profession you wish to enter or re-enter.

Then when an interview comes along, you can show you’ve been doing a lot more than just pushing pedal pushers. That’s the way to make the most of a survival job. Or at least survive it.

You can learn more about part time work and how to find it by reading this related article on Your Career Service.

RANDY PLACE is the author of Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach. You can ORDER NOW on Amazon.

Copyright ©2016 by Ransom (Randy) Place

About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.