Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Thursday, April 30, 2015
Way to go! Finishing your degree and working at the same time can make for a heavy load, so congratulations on your accomplishment!
I like to think about the fact that just about everything I've done from the menial tasks to the head scratching innovations has been preparing me for my next step. It has taken a culmination of experiences to get me to where I am, and I am a firm believer that it is going to take many more experiences both inside and outside my work environment to bump me up to the next level in my career.
That having been said, never underestimate the tremendous skill set it takes to succeed in the service industry. It is tough work to be a waitress, sometimes even tougher to work retail. Customers require you to have good negotiation skills, patience, a reasonable understanding of supply and demand, to be kind when people are not kind to you, to be gracious in moments of strife. I could have been listing out the skill set I would like to see in my next executive hire just as easily as it could be the list for a retail sales consultant.
Think about your experiences and be ready to paint a picture for your interviewer of how you are prepared to handle their business needs. Paint it with the vivid colors of detail and specifics on how a variety of situations were handled by you. If you are interviewing for a job that is a stretch (which I think can be an awesome experience in itself), then this process will take research, it will take time, it will take perseverance. You had what it takes to finish your degree, you will have what it takes to find a job. Now go forth and be great!