Stack Up: Make your job work for you

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From quiet quitting and quick quitting during the Great Resignation to reshaping hustle culture while working 9-5 and being an entrepreneur—there’s a myriad of options out there as it relates to having more than just a job or career.  

But what about those content in their jobs, although society says otherwise, and those workers are happy to remain there until they retire? It’s almost the antithesis of the entrepreneurial boom that occurred during the pandemic.

It can happen, however, still even in this current inflation-hit economy where an employee can remain at their job and be successful —especially with millions of opportunities to choose from.

Currently there are over 6.5 million jobs available that are already changing the financial trajectory of people across the nation. Why give that up? 

President Joe Biden is even encouraging the workforce to keep at it with their jobs as more are now being created than before in the history of this country.

“The strongest growth in nearly 40 years, the first step in bringing fundamental change to an economy that hasn’t worked for the working people of this nation for too long,” Biden said.

Paul Robinson is the Founder and CEO of ConstructReach, a workforce development initiative and diversity and inclusion enterprise, and he knows a thing or two about letting one’s job work for him.

His workforce consultant development agency, based in St. Louis, Mo., builds on its passion of teachable opportunities for youth and consultation to help them be ready for work.

“One of the things that we specialize in is putting an emphasis on formalizing internship programs that takes into account a younger demographic,” he said, adding that this industry needs younger people working.

How does that translate to letting one’s job work for them?

Robinson says he and his team build the youth up through hard and soft skill development, teaching them about work ethics and learning how they can fit in at workspaces for long-term success.

“Their managers [help] to put them in the best position to succeed … as they are becoming professional and entering into young adulthood and into their careers,” Robinson said.

Local solopreneur Pamela Hilliard told the Michigan Chronicle that she has learned to thrive in spaces that she made all her own, which eventually led her to a company she runs—but it didn’t start out that way.

“I was applying for some jobs and I was told I was overqualified or that they would give me $20,000 a year,” she said, adding that letting a job work for you means knowing how to negotiate contracts, appreciating one’s workflow, and learning how to lean into the role and most importantly showing up to the job bringing your best self.

“Know your worth and your value,” she said.

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