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Start at the Bottom, Climb to New Career Heights

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The unemployment rate in Georgia continues to rise.  In fact, it climbed to 9.8% for Metro Columbus for the month of July.

Despite those statistics, what if you could climb to new career heights in the midst of the recession?

You may laugh at the idea of being a fry cook or bus boy, but career experts say in the end, a little perseverance often pays off.

Columbus residents may have heard of the name Scott Ressmeyer from Country's Barbeque or possibly through his recent journey, (called Scott's Ride) raising money for the Children's Miracle Network.

What you may not know is how he got where he is today.

"Well, it started right back in the dishwashing room, washing dishes.  I was 15-years-old, but don't tell nobody that because you weren't supposed to be washing dishes before 16 back then," says Ressmeyer laughingly. 

Ressmeyer's been with Country's more than 30 years now, and as one of the company's owners, says he realizes there's something special about working your way up.

"When I was in school, I was not a very good student. I highly, I don't recommend doing it that way, but to start working someplace at the bottom and be able to work your way up and be successful, it's kind of a neat feeling," Ressmeyer adds.

In fact, career experts say there are several benefits to working your way from the bottom up.

Workers often learn humility, it teaches you the ropes, you get to hone your work style and more importantly, creates opportunities for growth.

"It's more than just a job, it's, does that company's philosophies and visions match your visions and your aspirations," says Delia Postell of Manpower, Inc.

Postell says for folks looking to start over, starting from the bottom can be a good idea in a growing industry.

As for Ressmeyer, he says it's important to realize the grass isn't always greener on the other side.  In fact, the pay off may just come with a little patience.

"There's so many people nowadays they job hop, you know, thinking I'm going to get the next best salary, the next best salary, which is good in some aspects, but then again...have passion about what you do, and if you have passion about what you do, in turn, you're going to do a better job at what you do."

That's a lesson Ressmeyer says he learned early and continues to live by.



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