The Keys to Job Success: Friday Services Shares Memories of First Jobs

Sep 27, 2016

Do you remember your first job? Perhaps you babysat for the children of family friends, or mowed all the lawns in the neighborhood each summer. When you were old enough to work at a local business, do you also remember the feeling of success when you got your first paycheck? Nothing quite compares a job well done and being able to support yourself or a family.

At Friday Services, our mission is to bring the right people to the right job, every time. If you’re searching for a new career, we hope to meet you soon! We believe you can gain new skills and insight with every new job. Team members wanted to share with you some of our first jobs and what we’ve learned over the years.

Desiree Andre – Staffing Generalist Clerical Division (Arden)Desiree2016

First job: Cashier at Ingles at 16 years old
Keys to job success: Loving what you do makes coming to work each day much easier. Also, dedication and giving 100% to each task you work on.
What is your favorite part of your jobGiving someone an opportunity to better their life.  Also hearing success stories from my employees later on down the road.

John Hamilton – Onsite Coordinator (Arden)John2016

First job: My first job was a dishwasher in a pizza place. Worked my way up to server, then to the kitchen.
Keys to job success:  Determination and dedication.
What is your favorite part of your job? The employees! I also enjoy working with my Friday Services teammates.

Tiffany Cooke – Director of First Impressions (Morganton)cooket

First job: Certified Nursing Assistant at 18 years old
Keys to job success: Professionalism. Good Attendance. Paying attention to detail. Being polite and kind to fellow employees, management, and the public. Striving to do your best and pushing to meet goals and to stay on top of your job duties.
What is your favorite part of your job? I love being able to help people and to work with the public. We do a great thing here at Friday’s. We get the opportunity to put the right person in the right job! It gives the employee a chance to get to work and better their life and it helps our clients to have good employees in their workplace.

Sassi McClellan – Operations Manager (Arden)Sassi2016

First job: My first job was babysitting. When I was 11, I started babysitting for children of people in my neighborhood and friends of my parents.  
Keys to job success: To always do my best and never ask anyone to do something that I wouldn’t do myself; be respectful of everyone you work with and treat them how I want to be treated; be flexible; avoid workplace drama; and most importantly, love what you do!
What is your favorite part of your job? Offering people an opportunity to change their lives. I love it when someone takes a chance on a job and then gets hired on by the client.

Kaitlyn McElreath – Director of First Impressions (Arden)

First job: Hostess at Iannucci’s Pizzeria at 15 years old
Keys to job success: Respect, commitment, determination, and patience.
What is your favorite part of your job? The feeling of helping other find a job and changing their lives.

Wendy Barton Whitaker – Staffing Generalist (Arden)

First job: Cashier/Cashier Supervisor at World of Clothing
Keys to job success: Be dependable, never stop learning about your profession, be flexible, under promise/over deliver, build relationships/network.
What is your favorite part of your job? I play a small part in changing people’s lives. I help them find a better job or a job to help them provide for their families.

Nadine Nietupski – Director of First Impressions (Arden)

First job: I was 14 years old and living in New York. I worked at a Taffy/Candy Apple stand at different outdoor events (fairgrounds, fireworks, music events). The company is called “Fowler’s Taffy” and I absolutely loved it!
Keys to job success: Confidence; learned not to second guess myself and trust my instincts. Also, respect everyone around me no matter what. People respond very well when they feel they are treated with respect and kindness.
What is your favorite part of your job? The favorite part of my job is being able to ultimately change people’s lives. It is very encouraging to get out of bed every single day knowing that with my help, someone’s life will change for the better. There are many people in this area who have been struggling to find work and are unable to provide for their families. Those people can walk into Friday Services and leave a short time later with a new career and the feeling of relief knowing that they can support their family again. It brings great joy to me knowing that I can be a part of that process.

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