Don’t want to work this summer? Think again…

8 06 2008

I know, I know… working is hard! You don’t make a lot of money and you’d rather hang out with your friends. Guess what? You’re not the only one who thinks that. The number of teens working over the summer continues to drop. And it’s not for lack of jobs, people!

From an article in USA Today, successful CEOs share their first jobs, advice, and why it’s so important to WORK.

Executives’ advice to teens starting their first jobs
First job Advice
Chris Kearney, 52 CEO of SPX Loaded beer trucks. Approach every job as if it’s the most important thing you will ever do. If you are committed, you will be successful.
Frank MacInnis, 61 CEO of Emcor Group Blaster at a nickel/silver mine. Working with people and taking responsibility as a team member will be more rewarding than working at a keyboard.
Judy Odom, 55 Co-founder of Software Spectrum Tuxedo rental shop clerk. If the job doesn’t interest you, look for nuggets to learn and apply later in life.
Herman Cain, 62 CEO of consulting company The New Voice Jackhammer operator. Don’t be picky. Experience is cumulative.
Andrew Cosslett, 53 CEO InterContinental Hotels Group Cleaned rooms at a French resort. Tackle offbeat jobs. Challenge conventional wisdom within reason. Come into contact with people from all walks of life.
Donald Trump, 61 CEO Trump organization Visited construction sites with his father. Learn all you can. Try to view your job comprehensively as if it were your own business. Ask yourself: “What kind of employee would I like to have?” Be that kind of employee.
Patti Moss, 54 CEO Cascade Bancorp Picked strawberries, worked in ski manufacturing. Show an interest, demonstrate you want to be on the job.
John Shiely, 55 CEO Briggs & Stratton Mowed lawns. Start your own business to have the flexibility to play Little League, go fishing, attend summer school and avoid the hassles of working for someone else.
Susan Story, 47 CEO Gulf Power Reporter for small newspaper in Albertville, Ala. Never limit yourself. Look beyond to what needs to be done, or should be done. Then do it. Stretch. Go beyond what others expect.
Joe Herring, 52 CEO Covance Door-to-door book salesman. Find a job that forces you to work effectively with people. No matter what you end up doing, dealing with others will be critical.
Joe Moglia, 59 CEO Ameritrade Worked in father’s produce store. You’re not likely to get a job you’re passionate about. That comes later. Bring your best to the table every day. Learn professional responsibility and how to handle difficult situations.
Jack Stahl, 55 Former president Coca-Cola, former CEO of Revlon, author of Lessons on Leadership Mystery customer who visited retailers and reported on service. Focus on details and get things done on time and with quality.
Tig Gilliam, 43 Head of North American operations for Adecco Delivered newspapers. Teens working for gratuities should test strategies to see what type of service increases tips.
Edward Nusbaum, 53 CEO Grant Thornton Delivered newspapers, worked in his father’s hardware store. Listen carefully to what customers want.



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