How to Maximize Your Future Job Options at a Dead-End Gig
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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We’ve all heard the common saying, “Life is what you make it,” and the same goes for a job.

Whether it’s that dream gig with all the perks or the dead-end job you took as a means to an end, there’s always opportunity to maximize your time and really get the ultimate professional experience that will enhance your career portfolio.

But how do you do that when the job seems like it’s not exactly what you want to be doing? Brazen Careerist offers tips on how to make the most of a dead-end gig so that in the end, the experience works to your favor:

1. Will you interact with customers?

You can use direct consumer interaction as an amazing opportunity. The chance to listen to customers and learn what they really think about a product is invaluable.

2. Do you have opportunities for growth?

People often write off certain positions because they don’t provide much opportunity for growth. Before you pass on a job, find out the opportunities for advancement.

3. Does the position provide additional training?
In today’s job market, skills are everything.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.