entry level employees

Cognitive Function Dynamics: Your Personality, inc.

Dominant function: the CEO

This function is boss. Dictates the overall emphasis and direction of the personality. 

Auxiliary function: the VP. 

This function supports the CEO and leads a team of its own. Sometimes you wonder if it’s the real power player, pulling the strings behind the scenes. 

Tertiary function: the mid-level employee. 

This function struggles to navigate whether it should speak up or simply do what it’s told. It’s ambitious and has a love-hate relationship with the VP. 

Inferior function: the entry-level employee. 

This function is inexperienced and often a pain in the ass to work with. If left in charge for too long total chaos ensues.

Weeaboo coworker

Let me give a little background before I start my story. I’ve been working at a small ice cream parlor/coffee shop combination in my neighborhood for about two years now. It is owned by the sweetest older couple (who act as the managers), and I’ve honestly had no problems working there until the start of this summer.

So, at the beginning of this summer, my managers announced their granddaughter would be taking a job at the store. Let’s call her Lauren. They assured us Lauren would be treated just like the other employees, as she would be paid the same as an entry level employee, and earn raises/bonuses as appropriate.

When we were first introduced to Lauren, I realized she was weebish. She wore tiny cat ears, a big bow (think Rin from Vocaloid), and wore anime shirts under her apron. Her apron was adorned with a couple anime buttons. However, unlike your stereotypical weeb, she had good hygiene and did not spew broken Japanese at any given moment.

The first week with this girl wasn’t bad. We were both going to be on the same shift together throughout the summer. Lauren was being trained by her grandpa on how to do things (scoop ice cream, punch things into the register, etc.) and we didn’t interact much. It wasn’t until Lauren was trained when the problems began.

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anonymous asked:

How do I know if going back to school is a good choice? For background I already have a BA and have been out of school about 6 years, not much debt tho money's getting tight. I realized towards the end of my degree the field I had thought I wanted into's work culture wasn't for me at all. I was underemployed then moved abroad for work for a year but since coming back a year ago haven't been able to land anything. Scared I'll just end up over educated or trained for something that isn't hiring.

You’re smart to be thinking this through!

Do you have time to do an internship? That’s a great way to figure out if an industry’s culture is a good fit for you. And companies loooooove slave–I mean, free or cheap labor from interns, so they’re more likely to hire you on as an intern than an entry level employee. If you can do this alongside your day job, that might be good research.

If you don’t have time to intern, request informational interviews! I do these with students all the time. Ask politely if someone has time to get coffee/lunch/just meet in their office to talk about their work to help you see if it’s a good career move for you. Go in with a list of questions prepared that will help you determine if it’s a good fit. 

So that’ll help you avoid wasting time in school learning about something you don’t end up liking again.

After you make that determination, figure out if school is the right next step for getting into a new industry you care about. Because SPOILER ALERT: school is unnecessary for some jobs. If school isn’t necessary, DON’T GO BACK. That shit’s expensive.

And if school IS necessary for your new chosen career, look into alternatives. Online certification programs like Treehouse are becoming more common, and give you the skills you need for certain fields without the ginormous tuition bill. 

tl;dr Pick a new field by interning or informational interviews, then decide if you need extra schooling for that field, then look into cheap schooling alternatives. 

Please fire me. I am an intern to a woman who is constantly telling other co-workers she needs my help on everything but when I go to ask her if she needs any tasks completed she just glares at me until I walk away.

Hey y’all so this is how I survive, and since there’s minimum balances on my bank accounts literally all I can afford to save, each month, IF nothing emergency-ish happens and if I literally don’t buy anything but food and don’t do anything but pay my bills is $70

If I had no student loans, I’d be saving 280 dollars a month.

If I had no student loans, I could save around 3300 dollars a year, and instead I MAY be able to save 840. 

So if I wanted to save enough to pay for a single year of college for a child (if I had one) or if I wanted to buy a car, it would only take me 41  years to save enough to do that.

If I want to have a VERY small, VERY inexpensive wedding, it’ll take me 11 years to save for it.

If I want to put a down payment on a house, it’ll take me around 50 years to save for it.

When I borrow from my emergency savings (which currently amount to roughly what I could save in six years) it takes me five or six months to pay that money back, and that’s if I can. 

I work a full time, salaried job, and have a BA in Communications. This should not be my situation.

But due to a desperation for money, many entry level employees are being paid less and less, because the presumption is that we will literally take any job, at any pay, that offers survival salary and benefits, out of fear that we will not find another. Companies are farming entry-level employees, and getting higher and higher turn-over rates because they know they can replace you. The internet is teeming with replacements for you. Who will take your job and your salary in a second. Hardly anyone is developing talents within their organizations or allowing upward movement for their millennial employees. As a developable talent, I am concerned, broke, and scared for the future.


When looking for a new job and you know a friend works at a large company you are interested in, don’t just ask them to help you get a job or send them your resume. Instead, look at the company’s opportunities listed on the company site and ask if they can help you with the xyz posting you saw

I work for a large financial company. We are large. And people always ask “can you help me get a job at MyCompany?” As an entry-level, non-manager employee I have a little influence over who is hiring and very limited knowledge of all the groups and their job postings out there. I’m one of 25,000 employees in 1 department out of 100s.

We have a wonderful referral program tho. If you go on to the job site, see a position you qualify for, and are reliable then there’s no problem referring you to a different application link for that specific position. Every job has a code and all we need is that code. Can’t promise an interview but they do put a different consideration on the application when being referred. That’s how I can help. A lot of large companies work this way.

You guys know the people who post memes on corporate social media accounts are very likely to be either entry level employees or interns (which means they might not even be paid), and are very likely to be under 30, right? I wouldn’t be surprised if the CEO of Denny’s didn’t know anything about what happens on this site. Like, these people get paid (or if they’re an unpaid intern, for school credit or something to put on a resume) to post memes, and it probably makes their job a heck of a lot less boring than many other positions they’re also qualified for. I’m just saying this because I feel like a lot of people here think that there’s a bunch of capitalists planning to just ruin memes and Internet culture so they can make some profit and I bet you that is very far from the case.

Not a Fuck Anyone story but

I’d like to share some happy stories bc honestly some people need hope
I’ve been working at my current job for the past month and a half and honestly?? It’s such a good environment. Yeah the customers are still dumb as hell and some of my coworkers could be better, but overall it’s a good environment and management actually cares about its employees. The ESM and ADS ((electronic services manger and assistant store director)) take the time to learn about the employees and learn their names - not just relying on name tags. The department heads stick up for their employees, get schedules out on time, and confirm that each employee sees the next week’s schedule and is ok with their hours.
I’d like to give a huge shout out to our ADS bc he’s the best. He goes to each department every day and can often be seen helping entry level employees with their jobs. Last week he helped my department (bakery) package rolls. Today I saw him bagging customers purchases because the lines were long and there wasn’t enough baggers. He’s just such a good person and, by doing stuff like that, he’s raising employee morale and making our holiday rush more bearable.
Good management exists people it’s out there you’ll find it one day.

Paperbacks and Coffee

This one is for @ms-betsy-fangirl​ who prompted: “I have had an absolutely shit day and could really use some happy Darcy/Steve (or Darcy/Steve/Bucky) fic in my life. Prompt: “Seeing someone reading a book you love is seeing a book recommend a person.”

I hope your shit day gets better and I hope this unmitigated Steve/Darcy fluff helps!! Thanks for the prompt!

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5 Ways To Know If You’re Being Treated With Respect In The Workplace

When I first started working an office job, I honestly wasn’t sure if I was being treated unfairly or not. I’d been handed down a huge amount of my work from my boss, with very little direction, and didn’t realize that working long hours trying to do work I didn’t understand was not the norm. I finally opened up to a few coworkers and was flatly told that I was doing work several levels above my rank and pay grade.

This is not a surprising entry-level story. In fact, it’s a typical one. When you’re starting out, whether at your very first job, or simply a new job, the last thing you want to do is stop to consider whether the job is actually good for you. You finally got a job and all you want to do is not screw it up. You’re never sure if you’re justified to say something, or whether your situation is typical, and you don’t want to be caught overreacting. There’s no college course that legitimately preps you for your first job out of school, which, as it happens, is exactly nothing like that capstone group project you did your senior year.

What ends up happening is this: We’re so floored that someone’s paying us more than $10/hour that we don’t bother to question our salary. We’re so thankful to be on the working grind, and are impressed by the perks, that we don’t stop to gauge whether the workload is actually what was promised. We’re too hesitant to bring up something that seems like it’s a problem, because what if we’re mistaken?

We don’t even turn to friends and bring up our concerns because we want to prove that we too are part of the full-time employment club and are LoViNG iT. We’re too busying proving that our opportunity is better, that we are excelling faster, that we have a 401(k) that kicks in immediately instead of after being with the company for a year, to even mention the shortcomings of our job.

I’m not opposed to paying your dues. I’m not opposed to pulling extra weight and there are very, very few tasks that I’ve ever claimed to be “above.” (And that includes cleaning up trash after a concert held at a former workspace.) But I’m opposed to seeing employees get completely taken advantage of.

So if you’re wondering whether your situation is acceptable, or whether you’re actually being treated unfairly, here’s how you deserve to be treated as a new or entry-level employee:

1. You deserve to actually get to do the job you were hired for. And to get to complete that job without someone hovering over your shoulder as you complete the most straightforward task. It’s, of course, expected that your work will need to be checked, especially at a new job. But a good manager will check your work and make changes, as opposed to tearing your work apart and doing it themselves.

2. You deserve to not have to do your boss’ job. It’s a great opportunity when your superiors let you take on a little extra work because it gives you the chance to prove you can handle it. But there’s a huge difference between taking on a few extra tasks and your boss leaving you with all their work and no road map.

3. You deserve to not have your boss subtly remind you how little you make or by how much they outrank you. There will always be the entry-level bro that just doesn’t get that he doesn’t run the office. But for the most part, I’d really like to think that he (or she) is the exception, not the rule. The rule is typically someone who is all too aware that they’re at the bottom of the food chain and of how little their starting salary shakes out to after taxes. It’s not something you should be constantly reminded of at the office. You deserve to be treated like a respected member of your team.

4. You deserve to have someone clearly tell you what your job actually is, and what’s expected of you. After a while, you shouldn’t expect someone to keep holding your hand, but you should have a job description, and ideally, you should’ve seen it before you interviewed.

5. If you work 40 hours/week every week for a big company, you deserve to be a full-time employee. Or you should at least be compensated competitively as a freelancer to make up for the fact that they don’t pay social security for you, or give you a benefits package.

There are things you don’t deserve, of course. When you’ve been coddled by a cushy job you got comfortable in, or a college work study, it’s hard to adjust to a new, more rigid environment. You can’t expect constant praise or immediate rewards. You cannot expect someone to hold your hand through every challenge, a raise right away, an inordinate amount of attention or premature recognition. However, as long as you can do what you were hired for, and in an environment and situation that will allow you to carry your job out well, you should be set. If that isn’t the case, what’s getting in the way?