This week, it is about narrowing the job selection process down and educate how to find a place (for you) faster with a less mysterious process.
So, what are some general signs that you can look for to ensure that your selection has a higher percentage of being a 'good fit'?
The people - ensure that you get a 'good vib' from the people that you are going to be surrounding yourself with. Also, ensure that you can relate to them and that you could see yourself genuinely enjoy their company. Because everything else about a job can be perfect - the task, pay, location - but if you do not enjoy your colleagues on a day-to-day basis...work will be a lot of work. And lastly, if you feel that you will need to put on a persona at work, it is definitely not the right fit.
The opportunity - find the job that will provide you the opportunity to grow as a person and as a professional. Look for a job that you get the feeling you will learn things from and that you would have the drive to continue your own learning through what is being presented. Any job you take should feel somewhat challenging going in...because that is what will keep you engaged and energized. Not to mention - promote personal growth and development.
The ownership - understand the intentions and the motivations of the person(s) that you are pulling for. If you have the ability to understand where the company is going and the drive of the people at the top, you will have a better understanding of the opportunities that come from the job that you are considering.
The work content - you want to find a job that you love and are passionate about. Every job has bad days/months/years and there will be times that you work mainly to make meet ends...but at the end of the day if you love the work...you will be a part of the solution to get out of the rough periods. You want to find at least something about it that you love...and it could be anything - from the customers, the travel, the camaraderie or the sheer challenge of the job.
Unfortunately, at the end of the day it is virtually impossible to know where any given job will take you or where you will take it. Chances are, it will not be the first job you take. You will discover what you like and what you don't like about it, along with what you are good at and what you are bad at and then eventually find something that is a closer fit.
However, when you find that place/job that you are passionate about - one piece of advice - when you become bored and in a routine, don't think by leaving and changing jobs that the grass is always greener...because you have probably forgotten that the challenge and motivation to get better has to eventually come within...