Congrats on getting hired! The entire Snagajob team is excited for you and we know that you are going to really impress your employer. But, once all the new excitement wears off, it’s time to start thinking about where you want to take this job. This could be a position to hold you over until you find something in the field you want to do. This could be something to simply pay the bills. Or, this could be a stepping stone in your long career in this industry. Whatever the case may be, this is your chance to not only make yourself invaluable to your boss, but to think about how you can use this job to enhance your skills and improve your future.
Setting career goals
You may not see this job as a long-term thing, and that’s okay. But, taking advantage of this opportunity to strengthen your resume and references is absolutely important. To start making professional goals, write down the things about your job that you enjoy. Then, write down where you would like to see your career path take you. Now, it’s time to fill in the middle. No one is expecting you to have it all figured out, but this is a great time and way to begin. See if you can map what you need to do to get to where you want to go. For example, my favorite Top Chef contestant started as a dishwasher, but knew he had what it takes to be a success in the kitchen. He impressed his boss, stayed loyal to the restaurant and moved up into the chef position. Read all about Chef Sheldon Simeon’s rise here.
Talk to your supervisor
Yes, I know that talking to your boss can sometimes be intimidating, especially about your career with their company. But, you may be surprised to find how much they appreciate your initiative and your drive to explore other areas of their business, or your ambition to move up within the company. Your supervisor should be able to give you a plan on how you can reach your goals. For example, we talked to Kim who works at a Dairy Queen in Virginia. She told us that when she interviewed for the position she mentioned that she had always been interested in cake decorating. But, they told her she needed experience and that there weren’t any openings at that time. So, she accepted the job working as a cashier, but again reminded her boss of her cake decorating passion. They suggested she apprentice with their store’s cake decorator to gain some experience and see how it’s done. She stayed after her shift to practice and even came in on her time off to learn. So, when an opening did come up, Kim was the first one they had in mind for the position. Kim’s story isn’t unusual, you just have to put in the effort to get what you want and take extra steps to make it happen. Let Chef Simeon and Kim inspire you this year and do what you can to set goals and make them happen. What do you hope to get out of your job? Let us know below!