Another tip from Bob Snelling, CEO of ROSS-HR

Holding up a liquor store with a sawed off shotgun isn’t the only ‘dead’ end job. There are thousands of them. So what?  When you consider what makes companies tick you soon realize that while many have career ladders and are looking desperately for folks ready, willing and able to climb them… they still need a lot of people in what might be considered ‘dead end jobs’. Does this mean one shouldn’t take such a job?  

Somebody has to flip the burgers, cut the T-bone steaks, wait the tables, change the oil, fix the plumbing, print the newspaper.  Some jobs pay enough to live, some to live nicely and some  provide a little money towards living or getting educated but not enough to raise a family.

An attitude adjustment is all it takes to change a dead end job into the job of a lifetime.  When an engineer was laid off he took a night job… you guessed it… in a burger joint, flipping burgers. He did such a good job the owners made him night manager and then day manager. Soon he was opening new locations for them, became manager of half a dozen of them and a part owner since they didn’t want to lose him. Oh, and he is now making more than he ever did as an engineer.

Another young man who was working in a burger place took his wife to a pizza place for dinner. They were short handed so he stepped in the kitchen and helped out. The woman who owned the franchise offered to sell it to him. He ended up a multi-millionaire owning over a hundred of them.

One man was offered a promotion at a substantial increase in pay… only thing was it included extensive travel.  He turned it down so he could spend the time with his two sons and his church where he taught the youngsters for twenty years. Dead end job…in a way since it meant no promotion and his wife would have to work to help send the boys to college. It’s a ‘your call’ for millions of Americans and they make it every day, some yea and some nay.

When the Irish came to America and became the brick layers who built the homes for themselves and millions of others. Only a small percent rose above subsistence, but the sacrifices they made allowed their children to go to college and become the businessmen, engineers, Doctors and lawyers who got to live a life their parents could only dream about. 

Like we said, someone has to put the chicken in the soup and the horn in the steering wheel. If we want to compete with the world a lot of those jobs are not going to be worth a vacation home, a new car every two years and four kids in college at the same time.  Dead end… really? Your Call!


September, 2006


   ROSS-HR, Inc.

Rober O. Snellling, Sr., President