Friday Fun…My Favorite Job

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Friday Fun…My Favorite Job


The other day, I had the chance to reminisce with a friend I used to work with. We talked about how much we learned there and how much fun we had.


We worked at a staffing office placing office support staff in companies large and small. My chief accounts were usually oil & gas, legal, and real estate companies.



This was not the first job for either of us and of course, it wasn’t the last. We loved what we did. Our owner, whom we all adored, was far ahead of his time in how he treated everyone as well as the direction he took the company.


I’ve had other jobs but this one spoiled me and set the bar for them all. 


What about you?  Excluding what you’re doing now, what was your favorite job?

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Comments (20)

Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Favorite job, that is difficult to answer because as I have learned from each job, that learning has helped me in the next position. I believe being my own "boss" continues to be my favorite job whatever industry I am currently working within.

Jan 20, 2023 04:08 AM
Kathy Streib

Leanne Smith that's partly why I loved the job I mentioned...I learned so much from what an office atmosphere can be like and still be productive. 

Jan 20, 2023 02:23 PM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

My favorite job while going to graduate school in early 70's was working at night as a bus boy/dish washer at Dinty Moore's restaurant in Manhattan, NY across the street from Madison Square Garden. I loved my job which gave a chance to pay for my tuition at City College of NY, but also learn to speak American English and get to know and talk to people from different countries and cultures speaking different languages. The nights I didn't like much were when they had NBA NY Knicks games or boxing matches  featuring Mohamed Ali.

Jan 20, 2023 04:18 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Sham Reddy CRS that'was an excellent way to learn the language and culture here!!!  I'd imagine that the nights of the games the place was either super busy or dead as a doornail. 

Jan 20, 2023 02:28 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - reminiscing can bring back fond memories.   For me, trying to recall a best job can be difficult.  There may be a lot of similarities in experience even when things couldn't be more different. 

Maybe the message is to find joy (for lack of a better word) in the moment. I am thankful that I have found relationships and situations where such things happened and can continue to happen.  

Jan 20, 2023 04:32 AM
Kathy Streib

Michael Jacobs I was lucky to work where I did when I did. It allowed me to know how companies could be and still be productive.  

Jan 20, 2023 02:32 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I have found things to like in every job I've had and I can't pick a favorite! I did want to mention that leadership is everything! If someone feels valued, they'll stay. If they don't, they won't.

Jan 20, 2023 04:47 AM
Kathy Streib

Kat Palmiotti I couldn't agree more. Our owner treated us all well and made us feel like we mattered. 

Jan 20, 2023 02:35 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

I'm so glad you were able to meet with an old friend/colleague and were able to reminisce about your past work experience and how the owner you worked for set the bar for other employment opportunities. In thinking back I have to conclude my best work experience is my current one. Its the culmination of my talents and abilities and I thrive in the culture our leader has fostered.

Jan 20, 2023 05:03 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX having read about your brokerage I can see why. The culture created is one where people want to come to work. 

Jan 20, 2023 02:37 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I don't think I can truly say that I have ever loved any of my jobs, haha.  Some were more fun because of the people I got to be around on a daily basis though.

Jan 20, 2023 05:04 AM
Kathy Streib

Brian England I actually loved staffing offices. It was fun finding the right fit for an applicant and for a company. 

Jan 20, 2023 02:38 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. The job I had at the time always seemed better than the job before. Currently my unpaid job as a babysitter for two young grandchildren may be the best of all. It would be even better if I got paid,, ha, ha! Enjoy your day.

Jan 20, 2023 05:10 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Wayne Martin You may not receive a paycheck for what you're doing but you're loving every minute of it. 

Jan 20, 2023 02:42 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

My favorite job was as the Corporate Treasurer for M&M/Mars where I also wore a hat as the Director for North American Finance for Mars, Inc. Lots of first-class travel all over the world, visits to all the candy, pet food, ice cream and pet food factories. No one knows who good candy or ice cream is when it's fresh off the assembly line.

Jan 20, 2023 05:13 AM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker I think we all envy your job with Mars. 

Jan 20, 2023 02:43 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I have worked for a roofer, an underground construction company and I was a paint contractor.  I can't say I really liked any of them, but they paid the bills...mostly!

Jan 20, 2023 05:19 AM
Kathy Streib

Ray Henson I take it that none of those were your favorite jobs!!!

Jan 20, 2023 02:44 PM
Ray Henson

I guess the jobs I like are the ones that I do not get paid for, Kathy Streib.

Jan 20, 2023 07:44 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Before Real Estate Kathy, I never had a job/career that I really can say I didn't want to leave. Real Estate gave me the chance to see what could really be accomplished by being my own boss! 

Jan 20, 2023 06:29 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 And it looks like what you did has proved to be your favorite job. 

Jan 20, 2023 02:45 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I really have never done anything else. If I was not able to sell I would be I have no other skills. 

Jan 20, 2023 07:15 AM
Kathy Streib

LOL Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty I began working on commission less than a year after graduate school and have never looked back. 

Jan 20, 2023 02:46 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

oh wow, I was going to say real estate until I read Nina Hollander, Broker answer and now I am jealous that I've never had candy fresh from the assembly line!! lol

Jan 20, 2023 08:00 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Lise Howe hi Lise... it's been more than 30 years, but I can still taste those Dove ice cream bars coming off the line with fresh dark chocolate covering them.

Jan 20, 2023 01:41 PM
Kathy Streib

Lise Howe I know...who wouldn't envy her job. Nina Hollander, Broker I wish you hadn't mentioned Dove ice cream bars with dark chocolate on them. I may have to pick one up at the store tomorrow. 

Jan 20, 2023 02:49 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Kathy Streib good morning, Kathy... I don't typically "crave" ice cream, but those Dove Bars are to die for... even more so, fresh off the line.

Jan 21, 2023 03:54 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Kathy how fun that you two had a chance to talk about  the good ole job days!  It is fun looking back! Before RE I was designing homes and I loved decorating (still do) as well as re-doing a 1903 gorgeous home. I had one other job that was a blast right out of college as County Extension Agent in Vail CO.  That was many opportunities I couldn't even begin to count them all.  But I knew I wanted to get back into I did when I moved to AZ.

Jan 20, 2023 09:45 AM
Kathy Streib

Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker your design background is something that you use all of the time in real estate!!!!  I have the opportunities you had were ones that you made!!!

Jan 20, 2023 03:05 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Some of those opportunities came with the position - which was fabulous. I traveled a lot and had the chance to do a lot of new to me things - fun fun fun.  And that was a job - just my style!

Jan 20, 2023 03:24 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

My entire career was in real estate and the related fields. My favorite times were when we closed major transactions.

Jan 20, 2023 10:00 AM
Kathy Streib

Roy Kelley that's amazing that you've spent your whole career in real estate. 

Jan 20, 2023 03:49 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, when you work for a company, it IS a joy to love what you do!    I had a boss at Safeway, (who I have written about here on AR), that I just loved.  After he retired, and years later when I left Safeway for real estate, we stayed in touch.  Went to dinner and lunch often, until he passed at 93 yo.

Jan 20, 2023 02:03 PM
Kathy Streib

Joan Cox I do remember your writing about him.  I love that you were able to stay in touch with him. 

Jan 20, 2023 03:51 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy I have had jobs at both ends of good and bad.  Big, big difference in the work day between the two. Thankfully the good have far out done the bad.

Jan 20, 2023 03:47 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

Sounds like a great company culture and place to work!

I really enjoyed my last job in the corporate world as VP of Human Resources for a digital marketing company in Boston. I joined the company as the 6th employee and helped to grow the company to 106 employees in 3 cities - Boston, Atlanta and NYC. Sadly the company did not survive the Dot Com meltdown.


Jan 20, 2023 05:44 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy every career I had I loved... when I was an Infantry Company Commander of a Mechanized Infantry Company I loved it.... when I was a Security Manager for Pinkerton in Boston I loved it.... when I became a Realtor in Boston I loved it.... anyway you get the idea... to me where and when I was doing was the best job:)Endre

Jan 20, 2023 10:21 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I think my favorite was my first. When I was just 15 I was riding in the car with my aunt and grandmother. I mentioned that it "must be fun to work there" as we passed a local sandwich shop. My grandmother told my aunt to turn around and she brought me in and asked for the owner. I don't think Bernie knew what hit him when my Nana told him he really should hire me. Such wonderful memories of working there...most of all meeting Rick who worked at the gas station across the street!

Jan 21, 2023 10:21 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

My first "job" was gathering mistletoe out of trees.  I made little bouquets out of it, and then sold it in front of our local post office during the holidays to make Christmas shopping money.  I was about 8 years old.

Jan 21, 2023 10:33 AM