Jon of All Trades

Jon’s Audio Resume Vol. 1: Bindery

Welcome to Jon’s Audio Resume, the Jon of All Trades solo exploration of all the weird ass jobs I’ve had in my life. This series runs in chronological order and we start with my very first job.

Job: Bindery worker
Duration: May 1998 – August 1998
Pay: $6.50/hr.
Did I get along with my boss? No! He was a real dick.

This was a weird job for a 16 year-old kid to have considering it was basically factory work primarily held by blue collar folk who somehow made a living off of it. But in this week’s show I share how I got this job, why it was valuable for an upper-middle class white kid to have exposure to a part of the world he might otherwise wouldn’t, the physical hazards of this job (bleeding cuticles on one of our orders, anyone?), and why Susie Wargin played an important role in getting me through the day.

If you’ve ever wondered why I have such passion for talking to people about what they do, how they do it, how they got there, and what makes them successful, this is as good an origin story as I can think of. In fact, this entire series speaks to my passion for talking about work.

This was my first job, and it was a tough one. Download it on iTunes, stream it on Stitcher, or listen at the Jon of All Trades homepage.

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