It’s Monday, which means back to work for most of us. I had a mountain of reading this weekend and another busy week ahead of me. In the spirit of a new school/work week I thought I would share a sneak peek at a few of the jobs I’ve held in my lifetime. I’ve worked quite a few jobs in my time so this “resume sample” is by no means exhaustive, but the highlights of the more interesting day jobs I’ve dipped my toes in.
As a teenager I dreamed of how cool it would be to work at the mall. The thought of selling clothes to other brace faced adolescents and their parents made me giddy. While shopping with a friend one weekend (which for me probably meant buying nothing but a Cinnabon) I was offered a job at Hollister. Somehow I was flattered and felt like I *had* to take the position, as if it were a grand opportunity. So, I spent that summer juggling daily summer cheer practice, homework for my AP classes and a part time job at Hollister. My duties consisted of standing in front of the store wearing navy flip flops and branded t-shirts with short shorts saying things like “Welcome to Hollister, have you been to Gilly Hicks yet?” and spraying perfume around the front room every hour. For a retail job it was pretty easy because I was rarely expected to work at the register or in the fitting rooms (that was for more senior employees I think) sadly, my career as a Hollister girl only lasted one summer before I moved on to my next teenage career calling.
Receptionist at a Hair Salon
My grandparents owned a hair salon and despite my own poor hair choices offered to let me work as the receptionist. The salon had a huge store in the front with hundreds of products and roughly six stylists in the back. My job answering phones, ringing up sales and organizing products felt like a huge upgrade from Hollister, and I’m pretty sure I was drawn in by the promise of a salary above the minimum wage. Though I could barely put my own hair in a decent ponytail (still a problem), I studied popular hair products so I could make recommendations to customers and thoroughly enjoyed my employee discount on services. As the youngest employee some of the hairstylists took me under their wing and I worked at the salon for the remainder of high school until I went off to college.
Assistant Preschool Teacher
My sophomore year of college I applied for a position at the on campus children’s center in a preschool classroom. Prior to the job I had volunteered several times a week in the preschool classrooms so I knew I would enjoy working with toddlers. The best part about working with preschoolers was all the cute things they would say, the way they would run over and squeal “teacher Jordyn” as I ran in the door and the hugs they’d give me as they left class. The worst part was that I caught a cold every other week and I had to work at 8:00am the morning after Halloween.
A nanny seemed like an easy transition after working in a preschool. When I transferred colleges and moved to Seattle I worked for several families as a private nanny while I finished school. At this point in my life nannying is the longest, most consistent job I’ve ever had! I worked for a family of three little girls every morning helping the girls get ready for school and for a little boy in the afternoons. For a solid two years I adopted the motto #AllMyFriendsAreFive because I honestly had more child friends in Seattle than adult friends. The natural progression of things led to me wearing tutus and sparkly headbands and suddenly I realized I had to get out of nannying as I was rapidly transforming into either a 5 year old or Miss Frizzle. So I said au revoir to nannying and said hello to the “real world”.
After college graduation I packed up my life into two giant suitcases and a Vera Bradley duffle to spend three months in North Eastern Canada for an internship at an international seafood company. At the time I was a full fledged vegetarian, so I started eating seafood (well, some) so I could properly market the products (dedicated employee of the year right here). On my first day I was BEYOND thrilled that I got my own cubicle. I guess I had expected to be stuck working at a laptop in the break room? Not sure what was on my mind! I had a great team of women that I worked with, we ate lunch together almost every day and made Mean Girls references constantly. During my three month internship I got to help with everything from social media content, to sensory evaluations, to advertising campaigns, competitive research and even a video shoot. I was sad to leave Nova Scotia and my job there when I returned back to Seattle. The legacy of my internship still lingers on as I’ve been a fish eater ever since (;
A more recent interesting but unique job I held was at a cute bridal boutique called, The Dress Theory. My mom sent me the job description when she saw it because she knew I would love an excuse to help women play dress up every single day. She was right, I loved it! Though it turned out I wasn’t a natural salesperson, I did love seeing the moments that made up so many happy memories. Women often brought along their great grandmothers, their besties, their family-to-be and sometimes even their fiancés. Working as a bridal stylist you get to be a small part of the magic even if you are like the fairy godmother working in the background.
As for this outfit, I think it’s a great everyday look for those of you who are still experiencing summer weather. I would add a suede or leather jacket for a date night or switch out the tee for a button up and wear it to work. I’m trying out RTR Unlimited (full post coming next month after I’ve experienced the process more) which is where I found this skirt. I had to toss both pairs of nude heels I owned when we moved in April. I researched for hours (and months) trying to figure out which nude pointed toe heels to go with next. I finally settled on the Christian Louboutin Decoltish pumps at Nordstrom. I thought the “So Kate“s were a little prettier but practicality wise I need heels that don’t cut into my feet or make my arches achy. I know I will be wearing these pumps for years to come. Of course I had to take a photo of the red soles of my heels before the paint chips and scuffs. So sad that the soles don’t permanently stay that pretty, if only I could hover instead of walking (;
Have you held any funny jobs? Any really interesting jobs? Any jobs that taught you what you wanted to do or what you didn’t want to do? I like to look at every job as a gigantic learning experience. Even some of the jobs that helped me understand what I don’t want to do were often irreplaceable for the skills, experiences and relationships I gained. Next, I’m looking forward to my adventure in the legal world. Only time will tell where is my resume headed next (:
All photos are taken by Madeleine Wilson.