|Posted on November 25, 2018 at 4:00 AM|
Recently I have had the pleasure of using my time away from the office to expand my work experience. This work experience is not like the type I would generally list on my CV. Instead it is the experience that I would discuss when asked what I do with my time ‘outside of work’. Working outside of a traditional office has enabled me to pull upon the resource of skills I have learnt through my Temping career, with the strengths learnt to me through great Managers, who I am fortunate shared an office space with me.
The roles I refer to are businesses where there is one Director with a few handpicked staff. These businesses require the same commitment to work and effort to meet their targets if not more than the corporates, as there is more to lose when you have little margin to err with. The tools these businesses equip you with are refreshingly simple, as are the demands. The tools are basic and adapted by the business to do the job effectively. The demands are to meet the customer’s orders in a timely manner and to a consistent, excellent standard. It is interesting that these roles require me to stoop to knee level to check the standard of work before standing high to present it to the Directors. The first few times, my knees and back ached as I was not used to using these muscles in this fashion over a duration of 3 – 4 hours. However, in order to fulfil the orders, I got on with the job and later was able to give attention to my muscles in the form of a jog after work. (I believe that when you use a muscle that is not strong, support it by giving it strength from other muscles that are). I am not one for rewarding a sore muscle with a holiday - get the holiday when you have worked up for the resistance for it.
I am delighted to now add these skills outside of the office to my work experience. I have not had to be pardoned from paid work to accomplish these new skills. I have stayed employed and contributed to both the businesses and to their customer’s demands. I have been able to give to these employers what they give to society – the satisfaction of providing great service. As with all successful ventures, the lesson is the same: To meet the customers standard’s you must understand the business’s market.
Recently I was interviewed for a role in which I was deemed well matched with experience, and which offered a lucrative income. I was advised the hours for this role would mean that I had little time to live outside of it. Should you allow one big business to take so much of you, the other bigger business that is You will receive only a little.
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