How many jobs have you worked in your lifetime? I’ve had 24 jobs since I started mowing lawns around my neighborhood when I was 13. I’ve worked consistently since then, often holding two jobs at one time to make ends meet. I suppose I inherited this trait from my grandfather, who worked as a mechanic, reared horses, kept bees and maintained a chicken coop among other endeavors throughout his long life—”anything to make a buck,” he once told me.
I asked this question on my Facebook page, which started an interesting discussion about what we can glean about the psychology of people through their resume. Are people who move jobs a lot seeking more pay? Do they get bored? Is it bad if someone has held only a few jobs in there life? Is it bad if they move around a lot?
The answers depend on your personality and your motivations. I usually picked up odd jobs at the beginning and end of my seasonal job as a lifeguard supervisor for many years throughout college. Other jobs I picked up to supplement hours or income. After college, I usually sought a new job for better pay or more responsibility. In everything I’ve done, though, I’ve learned a great deal about myself, other people, and how the world works. That said, I’ve listed all 24 of the places I’ve worked below.
Now I’m curious to know: How have the jobs you’ve held shaped you?
Six Flags Over Texas — Park services
Hurricane Harbor — lifeguard
Chinese food delivery
Batman character at Six Flags
Discount Tire Warehouse
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Fact checker American way magazine
Online content editor Active Network
Associate editor Texas Lawyer
Managing editor National Law Journal
Executive Assistant music artist / Broadway star