/ Asked by James
I was wondering how to get a more interesting, lucrative job in my field of major with more of a future when I only have experience in a pizza restaurant (2 years full time asst manager, 3 yrs part time supervisor)? I majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Management and an AS in Business Administration. I'm not interested in food service, retail, sales, or manufacturing. Am I being too picky? I've put in enough time at a dead end job with no future which I'm beginning to hate.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Wednesday, April 20, 2016
There is really no point in not trying to live the dream.  What do we all want?  We want a job that is interesting, dynamic, innovative, creative, challenging and heck yeah we want it to be lucrative.  So what are you willing to do to get there.  It sounds like you could use some focus in what you want to point your efforts towards.  If I know I want to work at [INSERT INCREDIBLE COMPANY OF MY DREAMS], I tailor my efforts to that company.  If I know I want to be a [INSERT AMAZING JOB OF MY DREAMS], I work towards creating experiences that show I am the right person for the job. Sometimes that is a matter of crafting descriptions of my previous experience that knocks the socks off a recruiter.  Don't make it hard for your dream job to find you if it is looking. 

So...you're not interested in some of the positions that are the foundation of some pretty major businesses out there in the big, bad world.  I've never thought of any job that allowed me to grow and shape my skills into something I didn't have before as a dead end.  It sounds like you have done a pretty good job of gaining leadership/managerial experience, so how can you use that to catapult you past these jobs you don't want? You say dead end...I say...Learned to skillfully manage people in high pressure situations while consistently producing a quality product. 

Take a deep, hard look at your skill set and experience.  Are you positioned to go after that interesting, lucrative job in your field?  Now make sure every online representation of yourself makes that clear.  Be someone a recruiter can't ignore.  Chase that dream until you catch it.
Answered by Mike, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, on Friday, April 22, 2016

That's great question, one that was very similar to my personal situation not long ago!

After getting a degree in Music Business, I found myself (like many folks with a Music degree) working retail after a couple of years working in recording studios.  After about 5 years in retail (including roles in training and supervision), I was done with it (no offense to retail employers on the site)!  So, I went and got a Master's degree, and used the time to do an internship and network within the geography and field of study I was interested in.  Eventually, I got a role in the area after my business school, and the rest was history.  

The point is - and I hate to say it - there are a lot of folks in your shoes.  So with that said, you need to create a way to differentiate yourself from others that will make you more marketable to employers.  Maybe you could start a business or do some creative volunteer work that will really make an impact or demonstrate your leadership skills.  Another option, and it might not be feasible, would be to explore an internship or other contract work that could "get your foot in the door" and expand your skill set.  

Lastly, I would also recommend really dedicating some time networking.  And by networking, I don't mean applying to jobs online.  Go to local job or career fairs and learn about jobs available in your area.  Speak to recruiters and business folks to understand what the skills and requirements are that they are looking for.  And, depending on your location,  you could often find early career networking groups or special interest groups that meet regularly that would be helpful in building your contacts.

Overall, I would recommend 1.) doing something that will add to your resume, 2.) networking, and 3.) staying positive and energetic when the right opportunity comes your way.  Eventually, you will find yourself in the right position.

Good luck!

Answered by Amanda, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, May 10, 2016
You're definitely not too picky, but are you thinking outside of the box?  For instance, a job in the food service industry does not necessarily mean managing a restaurant, just as a job in manufacturing does not necessarily mean being a shift lead in a warehouse.  Be open to working for similar companies, but looking further within the organization; it takes many different roles and support functions (Human Resources, Accounting, Logistics, etc) to make a company work. 
Also, make sure your resume clearly highlights your supervisory skills.  2 years as an assistance manager and 3 years as a part-time supervisor is a lot of time to build transferrable leadership skills.  Clearly relay in cover letters and interviews how your leadership in food service directly relates to the company and position you have applied for.
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