What was your first job?

A positive first job experience has been shown to lead to steadier employment and more money earned over one's lifetime.

For many of our clients, the jobs we place them in are their first work experience. Especially in an entry-level job unrelated to one's future career goals, it can be easy to forget that this is just one step that leads to the next, and the next, and the next.

Read about how successful people got their professional starts and how they worked their ways up from the bottom. Share your own #firstjob stories with us on Facebook, Twitter, or email to be included in the campaign.

Read about President Obama's first job here.

 
 

James Pickett
Deputy Chief/Support Services
Evanston Police Department
First Job: Computer Tutor
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Robyn Gabel
State Representative
Illinois 18th District
First Job: Cashier
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Melissa Wynne
Alderman
Evanston 3rd Ward
First Job: Store Clerk
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Jim Loellbach
Personal Chef
Custom Provisions
First Job: Bus Boy
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Peter Braithwaite
Alderman
Evanston 2nd Ward
First Job: Waiter/Server
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Donald Wilson
Alderman
Evanston 4th Ward
First Job: Truck Loader
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Larry Suffredin
Cook County Board Commissioner
13th District
First Job: Paper Boy
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Dimitry Glater
Store Manager
Starbucks Coffee Company
First Job: Cart Pusher
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Raymond Lopez
Alderman
Chicago 15th Ward
First Job: Stable Boy
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Laura Fine
Illinois State Representative
17th District
First Job: Ice Cream Scooper
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Marcus Campbell
Assistant Superintendent/Principal
Evanston Township High School
First Job: Leaf Raker
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Greg Klaiber
Fire Chief
Evanston Fire Department
First Job: Bus Boy
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Eleanor Revelle
Alderman
Evanston 7th Ward
First Job: Mother's Helper
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Olivia Castellini
Senior Exhibit Developer
Museum of Science and Industry
First Job: Produce Packager
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Alan Anderson
Neighborhood and Community Relations, Northwestern University
First Job: Landscaper
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Nicole Dreiske
Executive Director
International Children's Media Center
First Job: Pastry Clerk
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Mark Tendam
Alderman
Evanston 6th Ward
First Job: Travel Planner
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Catalina Rodriguez
Director
TRIO Student Support Services
First Job: Fair Clerk
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Evonda Thomas-Smith
Director, Health & Human Services
City of Evanston
First Job: Actress
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Joe Moore
Alderman
Chicago 49th Ward
First Job: Maintenance Boy
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Alan Mather
Office of College & Career Success
Chicago Public Schools
First Job: Hay Thrower
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