November 17, 2009
In today's rough economy many people may find themselves needing or wanting to take on two jobs in order to make ends meet. Even though it's not easy, there can be many advantages to working two jobs.
In addition to the economical factors, there are also a variety of reasons why people may opt to work more than just their primary job. In some cases it may be that the primary job offers better pay, but the secondary job offers benefits such as health insurance. In other scenarios of working two jobs, it could be a person wants to gain experience in a new industry and takes on a second job to get their proverbial foot in the door.
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Whatever the reason for taking on a secondary job, the advantages are numerous. Obviously this decision is a very personal one, and it is always a good idea to weigh the pros and cons first.
Here are a few of the benefits of working two jobs:
One of the primary advantages of working two jobs is the compensation. If a person needs extra income to make ends meet that second job can provide both the necessities to pay bills, and sometimes it makes the differences between being able to afford the extras wanted to improve quality of life.
*Grow Job Skills
Working two jobs offers a unique opportunity to increase job skills possessed. In some cases a secondary job can complement the primary job and skills are strengthened and knowledge increased.
In other situations a person may find themselves growing a completely new set of job skills and talents by taking a second job.
Working two jobs can offer a competitive advantage when creating a resume because the person has the chance to list a variety of skills, talents and experience to their resume. Often unique skill sets give the applicant a competitive advantage and an edge above other applicants.
*Increased Networking Opportunities
Networking opens career opportunities and through working two jobs a person gets the chance to meet twice as many people. It could be that better career or business opportunities arise from the level of networking afforded by two jobs.
*Great Time Management Skills
When a person successfully balances two jobs they'll often find their time management skills are significantly improved. This is a result of the need to manage both jobs and be able to fit all other obligations in life in between. The balance is not easy, and when successfully done, a person typically may notice their ability to meet deadlines and other tasks has become very strong.
Working two jobs is not an easy task to accomplish, but can offer some really good benefits for those who can do it. Whether or not to pick up a secondary job may come out of want or necessity, but whichever the case, a person may find the advantages gained affords good future opportunities where they may not have to work so hard.
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