Most of us know the struggles of working minimum wage jobs. One of those things where we want to make money and be independent but don’t necessarily want to be doing this for the rest of our lives, nor do we get paid enough for it. But, it’s a job and it saved our lives while we were in school. And maybe some of you have had multiple of these tedious, repetitive jobs. Regardless of whether we loved them or hated them, they all have taught us valuable things. And here’s three of those;
1. How to Work Fast Paced
Ice cream scooping, delivering pizzas, folding clothes, ringing up customers, cleaning, you name it. Every task in most minimum wage jobs are required to be done in a timely manner. And depending on your boss, it may be one the most stressed things about the job. Everything has to run smoothly but quickly in order to satisfy customers and create traffic flow for whatever place you work for, throughout the day. Multitasking is probably the biggest take away from this because you learn how to do things in a way that is effective, consistent and always done the right way. You become the master of your job and can probably do any task on command without even thinking about it because of how accustomed you have become to it. Not only does it make you feel good, but it makes the day go by a lot faster when you’re working hard.
2. How to Handle the Public
If there is one thing that is most difficult about your minimum wage job, it’s dealing with the public. I’ve worked restaurant, retail and front desk jobs and regardless of the differing places, all the customers are the same. They’re CRAZY. They all expect you to serve them exactly the way they desire and good luck if it’s not up to par. Not all customers are crazy, there are very humble, kind people that won’t ever give anyone a problem about anything. Obviously there are many different personalities in the work place, and we are exposed to ALL of them.
- “Hi I would like to order a large pizza and also the Fettuccine Alfredo but can I have the sauce on the side please.”
calls back an hour later*
“You gave me the f***ing Fettuccine sauce on the food this is f***ing ridiculous put your manager on this is an outrage.”
- “You have been so helpful to me, what is your name again? Yes that’s right! You have a wonderful day sweetheart, I will be seeing you soon!”
- “You mean I can’t use three of the same coupons, why the hell not? What is the point of having coupons if you can’t use them.”
- “My niece is going to love this shirt I am so happy you were here to help me find this, I would have never known on my own.”
- “This store is a mess how is anyone supposed to shop around here, it’s a pig pen.” “Walks over to clothing rack, rummages through, watches three articles of clothing fall to the ground and walks away*
- “They should put you in charge here, you know so much about this place!”
- “Can I get a cheesesteak without the cheese?”
“The cheese is already prepped on the sandwich, are you allergic?
“Okay, sorry about that I will personally make you a cheesesteak with no cheese next time!”
*Comes in and orders a CHEESE pizza the next day*
- “I gave you a couple extra packets of dressing, I noticed you usually ask for another.”
“Oh my goodness you are the best, thank you so much!”
- “Why can’t my son workout with me today, he’s 13, you have to be 13 right?”
“He needs ID, even a birth certif…..”
“He’s 13 he doesn’t have ID! I’m his father I’m telling you he’s 13.”
……………………………….If you’re 21 trying to get into a bar and you say “Yeah, I’m 21.” Are you going to get in?………………………..
3. How to Create Work Friendships
Despite the craziness of these types of work environments, I personally have made some of the best friends working there. You form this spoken and unspoken bond by sharing the struggle of your minimum wage job together. Between sharing knowledge and experience on how to get the job done better, learning new things as the work place expands and advances, and laughing about all the absurdness that goes on around it. You form friendships, create a liking for going to work just to see them and develop face expressions that every employee can define without even asking, cause they already know what you are thinking. It’s a work bond and there’s nothing like it. Shout out to my work buddies because a lot of you have changed my life for the better and I’ll never forget making minimum wage by your side. I like to call them the glory days.