Someone asked me the other day ago, how many jobs have I had. I had to think about it, and before I knew it, I had a pen and paper out. I wrote them all down. The answer is 21.
In the process of writing them down, I noticed some patterns and I reflected on what I liked, didn't like, enjoyed most, and which jobs catered to my strengths. It was eye-opening. I decided to write down the year, the job, and a tidbit or two about each job.
Here is what I came up with
1986 - Kentucky Fried Chicken - My first job. I was a Cook. I got 2 jobs the same week. Hardees and Kentucky Fried Chicken. I chose KFC because I had never eaten at Hardees and their brown uniform was disturbingly ugly! True Story
1986 - AMC Theater - Concession Stand. The big bow tie and vest were epic. Seriously.
1986 - Perkins Family Restaurant - I was a waiter. I learned to cook and host as well. If you want to learn customer service and learn to have control over your earnings, waiting tables is great. I learned to serve people as a Waiter and I learned valuable customer service skills that I still use today.
1989 - The Woodlands Race Track - I was a cashier who took your bet. Working around betting and beer was quite interesting. I handled large stacks of money at this job.
1989 - Pacesetter Windows and Doors - Telemarketer. Hated it! This outbound calling was brutal. I used an alias. I was "John Anderson calling from Pacesetter Corporation". I developed a great phone voice, but the job was horrible.
1989 - Wal Mart - Floor Tech on the night shift - Cleaned and buffed floors and cleaned bathrooms. No fun. I learned pretty quickly through this job that I needed to take college more serious.
1990 - AT&T - Out bound calls. Double Hated it!! AT&T was a stickler about being on time. I didn't like that structure. I rode the bus to work and I did not like the constant pressure of getting to work on time. Maybe I was a bit undisciplined, but they were tyrannical about it. Not to mention I really disliked cold calling people.
1990 - UPS - Unloaded packages from the box trucks onto a conveyor belt. Physically challenging and dirty job. It taught me that I never wanted to work in a warehouse again.
1990 - Jiffy Lube - Lube Tech - One of my favorite jobs. I was able to get dirty and I learned so much about cars. I learned that to like working with my hands, and I enjoyed the customer service part of it.
1992 - Wendy's - My first year at K-State as a Junior. I was a Cook. I walked over a freeway everyday to get to work. Cleanup was messy but it paid the bills. I was a struggling college student and this forced me to learn to budget like a maniac.
1993 - KCK Community College - Summer Job in the Bookstore stocking books. I think I heard more 70's and 80's soft rock in this one summer then I had heard all of my life. Back then I think it was called Muzak!
1993 - Kansas State University - Tutor. My introduction to teaching.
1994 - U Haul - Cleaning trailers and filling up propane tanks. Another pit stop job to make money in the summer.
1994 - 7th Grade Teacher and Middle and High School Boys Coach - My first job out of college. Fun job. Great kids. Great times coaching Boy's Basketball!
1998 - Dillard's - Men's Shoe Salesman - Part Time while I was a Teacher - Partial Commission. This is where I learned about shoes, which ulimately, 15 years later, would bolster my ability to sell shoes on Ebay!
1999 - Circuit City - TV, VCR, DVD Salesman - Part Time - 100% Full Commission. Again, I did this while I was a Teacher. And just like waiting tables and selling shoes, I enjoyed it. Anytime I can determine my own pay based on my work, I'll take it.
2001 - Americo - Insurance Analyst - A stop gap job between teaching and working for the Federal Government. I almost became a full time insurance agent and financial planner during this time, but SSA came knocking and offered me a job.
2002 - Social Security Administration - Legal Administrative Specialist.
2008 - General Services Administration - Federal Contracting.
2010 - Home Depot - Part Time - Flooring. I needed money for Christmas and for extra on billes one year so I spend 6 months wearing an apron and working in the Flooring department at Home Depot. When I left this part time job I told myself I would never in my life have another 2nd job. Anything I do on the side would be my own business.
2017 - United States Army Corps of Engineers - Federal Contracting. Current Job.