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I remember well my first job at a private golf course outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario.
I worked as a waitress, but quickly learned I was also to be part time cook, bottle washer and the brunt of some poorly played golf games. That summer kitchen was often over 90 degrees and the longtime resident cook was a no nonsense terse communicator who shared her truth in brief bursts that felt like shotgun blasts. There were lots of bumps and broken egg yolks and moments of despair, but what that first job taught me despite some of its challenges, was how important relationships are in service. Greeting someone by name, remembering something meaningful from a previous conversation and making sure that the experience was a positive one earned me smiles and the tips that waitresses count on.
It also paved the way and informed me that being in service to others was my work.
Employers like to see those formative experiences on resumes for a reason.