How to survive a survival job

So you have taken a survival job to tide yourself over during this ongoing depressed job market.

Nobody has to tell you what a survival job is. It requires lower skills, pays a lower salary, and you’re hanging in there until you can find the kind of job you’ve been trained to do or the new career you’ve been wanting to do.

The formerly well heeled find themselves surviving in a survival job by filling saltshakers at diners, selling sweaters or cell phones, and making telemarketing calls. A survival job can be a lifesaver or a self-esteem sapper. It all depends on your attitude.

So why not look to your survival job as fodder for your resume. Perhaps you’ve known all along that you needed customer service experience. Now that you’re selling cell phones, keep notes on what you observe. You can try to link what you’re learning about consumer buying patterns or marketing luxury goods to the profession you wish to enter or re-enter.

Then when an interview comes along, you can show you’ve been doing a lot more than just pushing pedal pushers. That’s the way to make the most of a survival job. Or at least survive it.

You can learn more about part time work and how to find it by reading this related article on Your Career Service.

RANDY PLACE is the author of Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach. You can ORDER NOW on Amazon.

Copyright ©2016 by Ransom (Randy) Place

About the Author

Randy Place
RANDY PLACE is a job finding coach, author, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For 23 years, he helped over a thousand downsized employees at JPMorganChase find jobs. He also coached executives at CBS, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding, communications skills, and sales strategies An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on job finding and sales training nationwide. His nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations in the US. Randy is the author of “Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach” and writes about career topics on His articles about job finding have appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s National Business Employment Weekly. A former sales executive at NBC, broadcast journalist, and commercials spokesperson, Randy holds a Bachelor’s in Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master’s in Journalism from NYU.

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