Bobby Unser, the famous race car driver, may not have thought about his quote (above) when thinking about his first job. But he may have thought about it when, at the age of 15, he won the Southwest Modified Stock Car race, and later when he won the Indianapolis 500 in three different decades.
Getting a job can be tough, especially if your resume doesn’t have a lot on it. Preparation, like Bobby said, can lead to success. Job preparation might be in the form of some work experience, an internship, or targeted study. For instance, if you are interested in the tourism industry, which really heats up here in the summer, a little preparation could open doors in lodging, food and drink services, event planning, theme parks, traveling, tourist venues, cruise lines, and more. One in three Americans start their work career in the food industry.1
Taking on a little bit of extra study can open the doors to several jobs. For instance, a food handling permit, can open the door to many jobs, and a basic understanding of how to keep your food safe is golden. It is amazing how many Americans have worked or started working in the food industry. A recent search of the Oregon Employment Job list for jobs listing a food handler permit brought up the following job assortment:
The food handler certification can be done totally online and costs between $9-101 (depending on site selected) and is good in Oregon for three years.
There is also more advanced training (and a bit more expensive and does not expire so quickly) called Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association's (ORLA) ServSafe® manager training.2 This course provides more in-depth training, blending the latest FDA Food Code, food safety and sanitation research information which may be just the thing to land that entry level management position. Keep in mind that the ORLA also helps support additional education including offering grants and experience building intern and apprenticeships.
50% of American adults have worked in the restaurant business...
There are also programs that help prepare a person for work. These programs often include information on safety, expectations, and skills needed to blend in to an established work environment. If you don't have a lot of experience, these programs will help demonstrate to employers that you are ready for work. These skills will help you understand what is needed to be successful on the job, how to fit in, and what behaviors (such as being on time) will be needed for long-term employment and promotion. Stay tuned, we are working with local resources to see what courses can be made available.
1 Oregon Food Handlers (https://www.orfoodhandlers.com/eMain.aspx?State=OREGON)
2 Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association’s ServSafe.com program.
The car shown above is Bobby Unser's 1979 Penske Cosworth Champ Car. Picture provided by Stahlkocher - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1452148