5 Reasons Why McJobs Aren’t As Bad As You Think

I have a confession. I’ve graduated from university and I now hold a job that occasionally requires me to ask someone if they would like fries with that. I wear a uniform and I sweep and mop floors everyday. Sound familiar?

In between finishing school and starting a career, many university or college grads find themselves working food service or retail jobs to start paying off their student loans or simply because their job search hasn’t been as successful as they hoped it would be. The good news is that food service and retail jobs require many transferable skills that are necessary for nearly any and every career.

Here are five reasons why McJobs aren’t as bad as you think:

  1. Constant customer interaction
  2. Many food service jobs require you to consistently talk to customers, answer questions and resolve any complaints. Constant customer interaction translates into real-life scenarios that you can chat about in the often-dreaded behavioural interview. Rather than trying to make that boring office job sound like a challenge, you’ll be grateful to have a bank of scenarios that illustrate your skills.

  3. Opportunity to practice networking
  4. If your job allows it, making small talk all day with strangers is a great way to improve your networking skills. Try making a meaningful connection with one or two customers each day and you will be set for your next networking event.
    Additionally, you can prove your ability to make genuine connections with customers, something that many businesses thrive on.

  5. Room for promotion
  6. Not all McJobs lead to a dead end. Even if you don’t plan on working in food or retail services for your career, most food and retail businesses have a high employee turnover rate making lots of room for promotion over a short period of time. Earning a promotion in any business looks great on a resume and sounds even better in an interview.

  7. Business improvement opportunities
  8. Have a great idea about how to improve service times or lower food waste? Think you can boost productivity with a smaller staff? Try suggesting your ideas to your manager.
    Every business is constantly looking for ways to improve productivity. It is likely an interviewer will ask you about a time when you made a suggestion or implemented a new policy. Food and retail service jobs offer the opportunity to implement changes and see immediate results, making for great interview answers.

  9. Your sanity
  10. Aside from gaining great transferable skills, keeping a job in between finishing school and jumping into a career will help you keep you from going job search crazy. Waiting for interview calls, networking and daily job-searching can easily drive you close to insanity. Rather than constantly checking your email and clicking refresh on your list of job posting sites, keeping a job encourages you to prioritize your time and will help boost your self-esteem.

If you’ve had to move back home, keeping a job will get your out of the house, help you meet new people in the area and keep the parents happy, too.
Have you spent your time in a McJob? How did it help your career (if at all)? Tell us in the comments below!

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