The easiest jobs to get right now are in the food service industry. Even when the job market is low on opportunities and unemployment sky rockets, people continue to go out for dinner or grab a quick bite to eat through the drive through.
Food Service is Everywhere
If you’re in need of a job in a pinch, you’re almost guaranteed to land a job at any restaurant. However, these jobs usually come with unsecured hours that fluctuate and are often not full time. You could be a dish washer or busboy with little to no training, or if you have a skill (like knife sharpening or refrigeration repair) then you could have a leg up on the competition. Add in that you’re most likely making minimum wage and not receiving any benefits; these are not ideal jobs for most, especially if you have a family to support.
Imagine the worst case scenario, that you have lost your job. You’re faced with going right back to the grind at your local burger house making pennies for all of your hard work.
Or are you?
You want to earn a more secure paycheck and work more hours, but you don’t have the time or money to go to college and continue to survive in the meantime.
Consider taking a course in truck driving. Being able to drive a delivery truck is a useful skill to acquire for the food industry. Every restaurant needs their food and other supplies delivered daily. They need Food Packers too.
Or perhaps you could consider driving deliveries for a local take-out place. You might still make minimum wage and work only part time hours each week, but the amount of tips you can make could significantly offset the difference.
Driving isn’t your thing, but you’re interested in making extra money through tips? Consider waitressing or bartending as a profession. It is important to consider that both of these jobs will most likely make minimum wage and not offer a steady schedule each week, but the amount of tips you could make might possibly be enough to offset your wages.
All of this sounds great, but you’re supporting a family and you have bills to pay. You can’t run the risk of relying on tips that fluctuate from day to day. You want a solid, dependable full time job making better wages and the included benefits.
Consider learning a trade skill. Every restaurant has industry sized kitchen appliances and with those come industry sized problems. The need for skilled mechanics, or knife maintenance, in the food industry is at an all time high.
Technology and Computer Systems
If maintenance doesn’t interest you, consider taking a short course in computer and internet repair. Restaurants run most of their systems – including their registers, schedules, record keeping, etc – on computers. Computers are notorious for having issues. A restaurant that relies on technology to run its business can’t afford for their computers to be down. You could be the IT tech that travels to restaurants and does their computer repairs and internet troubleshooting for them.
Whatever job you decide to pursue, keep in mind that you are not locked into making minimum wage at the local burger joint. There are plenty of other options out there for you to explore.