Finding the Right Job … When You Don’t Know Where to Look
Part 1-What Wakes You Up?
How do you know if the job you’re going for is the right fit for you? You don’t…at least, not entirely. You can’t know until you get started. You can’t know until you see behind the curtain a bit, discovering what the company is really like. The always stocked, always chilled beverage refrigerator that you had access to during your interviews may become off limits on your first day. The HR department’s promises of “promote-from-within” and “competitive pay” may be nothing but lofty dreams.
So what do you do when you’re still looking? How do you know if the place you’re looking at is worth giving up space for on your resume?
Being armed with the right information about yourself and the prospective company can make all the difference in finding the right fit for you in your career.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be unpacking some tips to finding the right job. They aren’t a science, because you can’t totally remove risk. But they’re helpful because they give you a grid for understanding yourself and thinking about companies.
Here’s where it starts:
Decide: Time, Money, or Purpose.
Before you ever walk in for interview number one with a company, decide how you view work and its purpose in your life.
Are you motivated by time? I have friends who don’t lose a lot of sleep over a desire to make money. And they don’t care so much if the work that they do rescues orphaned kittens or if it simply gets a job done. They just need a job to pay their bills. They have a job because they need a job. A lot of times, these people like sticking to a 40-hour workweek so that they can have their evenings and weekends to do what matters to them.
Are you motivated by money? I have a friend who has had some jobs that he has not enjoyed at all. I mean, there have been some that he’s flat out abhorred. But for each job, he is very well compensated. He trafficks within a tremendous amount of stress and job “dissatisfaction” so that he can make the money he wants to make. He works long hours, travels more than many would want to travel, and has huge demands on him. But all of it puts him in the financial situation he wants to be in. He lives comfortably and generously. And ultimately, it’s worth it.
Are you motivated by purpose? We all know people who have given up opportunities for wealth or personal time to build something that they believe in. There’s no slowing them down once they’ve connected with that purpose. The money, sometimes even if it’s barely enough to live on, doesn’t matter. The demands on time and weekends and evenings are all “part of the job.” It comes down to “making a difference” or “changing the world.”
Certainly these lines blur. You won’t find that you’re just one of them. Instead, think about what you mainly focus on. Knowing which one is most important to you will be hugely beneficial as you get a feel for the culture of your potential employer. It will also help you know what kinds of companies you should go for, what kinds of questions to ask during interviews, and what kinds of expectations you should have for a company you decide to work for.
Stay connected. There are more conversations and tips for good job-hunting to come.
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