How to Know if a Job is Right For You
Updated: Jan 28, 2020
RETS Associates - Premier Executive Search Firm
What’s the biggest predictor of job happiness? Hint, it’s not about how large your paycheck is. Even though it can be tempting to bump company culture to the back burner when faced with killer benefits, more and more workers are looking for jobs where they feel a connection.
Whether you’re actively looking for a new job or happily working with your current company, it’s important to reflect on these major aspects of your career:
How do you want your next job to enhance your career path? You need to think about what’s right for you today, but you also need to think about whether the position will equip you with the experience you need to succeed in the long term. What kind of lifestyle do you want?
What do you need from your employer to maintain the right balance between professional and personal time? Do you enjoy your work… at least most of the time? Do you like your company’s corporate values and culture? It is well worth your time to find an employer with an atmosphere that aligns with your work style. Do you feel as if you’re learning at work?
When people ask you “Do you like your job?” do you hesitate to say “Yes!”?
We know company culture is important. Now, how can you gauge it? Down the line, use the hiring process as an opportunity to ask questions to reveal how the company ticks. You can ask questions such as:
How does your company celebrate success?
How do managers provide feedback to employees?
What do you do to encourage camaraderie among co-workers?
A recent Monster poll found that 95% of American workers believe overall fit is important when it comes to their happiness at work. On the flip side, 75% of people surveyed said they’ve had a job where they didn’t feel they were a good fit.
If you’re going through the interview process, it is important to recognize how the company treats you throughout the process. For example, did the hiring manager seem organized when scheduling interviews? Don’t make the mistake of viewing the hiring process as one-sided. Don’t let yourself be so focused on trying to convince a hiring manager that you’re perfect for the role that you fail to realize this is YOUR opportunity to also evaluate potential employers.
Realizing that the job isn’t for you doesn’t have to be a negative thing, because it reminds you that you get to choose how to invest your time and talents. Stop and decide what you really want – then take a step in that direction!