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How to Stick With That Minimum Wage Job and Be Proud

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 4 7

Are you working at a minimum wage job? It is quite difficult sticking with a minimum wage job and being proud of it. Look around you, though. In today's economy, you are actually quite lucky to even have a job, and that is something to be proud of.

Things You Will Need

A job.

Self-esteem

Happiness

Be proud of what you do.


Step 1

Sticking with a minimum wage job is not all that easy. It is hard to make ends meet when you are not making much money. If you can at least stick with that job that you already have and be proud to be working, that is at least a start.

Look around you, and you will see that there are many people out there who don't even have jobs. Many of those people who are unemployed would love to have your job. They don't work because they just can't find a job.

It really is hard to find a job these days unless you settle for minimum wage and/or a part-time job. Once you have worked for a while at the same job, you will have some experience at what you do. Your experience will always be there, and that will help you to get a better job someday.

Your job may not be the best, but at least you are working. You are also probably working alot harder and deserve alot more money for the job that you do, but that's the way it usually goes. Just stick with it, and be proud that you are working and gaining experience.


Step 2

While you are working at this job, you might want to consider looking for another job. It sure would be better to make more money, but it is not worth quitting your current job. Always do your best at your job. Never call in sick, and always be on time for work. If you are lucky enough to find a higher paying job, you may need to get a good reference to get that job.

Without interferring with your current job, feel free to look around. Be aware of what other jobs are available out there. It is always good to have at least one year of exerience at the same job before switching jobs. Employers are looking for people who are going to stay around. They don't want to hire people just to have them leave for another job.

If you find something that you are interested in doing, it really doesn't hurt to just go ahead and apply. Apply for that job on your day off or after work, though. If you don't get the new job, there is no big loss. You can always try again and again until something comes up.


Step 3

Be aware while looking for another job. There are many jobs out there that only pay minimum wage, and they don't even tell you this until they hire you. You may want to ask them what they pay before you even apply. After all, you are already making that much.

Take your time. Be proud that you are working. There is no hurry to switch jobs now or ever. That all depends on your living expenses and if you are happy where you are working. If you are happy where you work, you are extremely lucky. Most people do not like their jobs and hate going to work.

If you seriously cannot afford to live on the pay that you are getting, though, finding another job is a good idea to consider. Another thing to consider would be to move up in the company that you are with. If you enjoy your job and there is a possibility that you could move up someday, maybe you could work on that. New job openings probably arise pretty often, and most likely, they will not be offered to you. It will be up to you to ask. Let your employer know if you would like to move up in the company. If you are a good employee, they should be happy to help you out.

Just be sure to always do your best. That is what will make you proud. No matter what you are getting paid, you know what you are worth. Stick with your current job for as long as you can especially if you enjoy the work that you are doing.


Always remember, if you are working at any job that is something to be proud of these days, no matter how much it pays.

Tips & Warnings

Never risk one job for another. If you plan on switching jobs, don't just quit. Always get the new job first.

If you are happy with your current job, be very careful not to switch to a new job that you hate. It is really important to be happy with what you are doing, and it is good for your health, too. The extra stress will not be worth the extra pay.


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Comments

Jun 30, 2010 12:54am
mulberry
I agree completely. You should always take pride in your work, I don't care if you dig ditches. If you do it well, that's what matters. It boosts your self esteem and is the kind of quality that any employer wants.
Jun 30, 2010 11:09am
goodselfme
A person needs to take pride in anything they do for a great feeling inside. Well presented ways to keep mentally well doing the minimal paying work.
Jun 30, 2010 7:18pm
divaonline
Wing walker advice should be applied here - don't let go of one thing until you have your hands on another. Good ideas here and tips!
Jul 20, 2010 5:08pm
SharonWatterson
very good advice when switching jobs, stick with the one you have whilst looking for another. There is pride in any job, especially nowadays. Something is sure better than nothing. Good article.
Jul 27, 2010 12:20pm
Lynsuz
Great advice.
Aug 29, 2010 9:44am
matt_paul
Good advice. Especially if you need the money, like i do! Never quit a job while your lazy wife (mine) sits at home eating all the frozen pizza and leaving none for you. Even minimum wage jobs pay the bills! Thanks for this artcle.
Apr 27, 2013 4:26pm
clarbear
Great advice. I know it is hard to be proud of working a minimum job. I hope that everyone takes notes on this article.
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