What is the Right Job for Me?
Before you start your job search you should ask yourself an important question, "What is the right job for me?" So many people with the pressure of being able to pay their bills every week never really ask themselves that question. Asking yourself "What is the right job for me?" will help you be more effective, happier and ultimately make more money. We are not talking about a job that you will think is "fun". We are talking about a job that will help fulfill your needs both personally and professionally. So before you start sending out that cover letter and resume ask yourself, "What is the right job for me?"
What job relates to my interests? It is important to think about what type of employment you would find enjoyable but also interetsting. What responsibilities of passed jobs that you have had did you enjoy? What at your previous jobs made you feel successful and that you did a good days work? What type of skills and experience do you poccess?
Where do I want to work? Geographically, are you happy where you are or would you like a change of scenery?
What type of commute to work everyday is acceptable? How much time are you willing to spend every day and night to get to and return from work? What is the absolute limit? This is an extremely important question people really don't think about. They are so happy to be offered a job that they don't realize that a 90 minute commute each way will be a real killer.
What type of company culture do I succeed in? Pay very important attention to this question. It is not "What type of culture do I like?" it is "What type of company culture do I succeed in?" There is a very important difference. Look at your past jobs and what positions you were successful at. What type of atmosphere did that organization have? Did you like going into work every day?
How committed am I to my career? Are you okay working at a company that wants you to work extended hours to get ahead in the organization? Are you willing to travel? What type of personal versus work balance do you want in your life?
What will be my long trem career future with the next company I work with? Is the company you are interviewing with going to help you achieve your long term goals? Is there going to be opportunities for you to advance within the company? Will you be learning new skills at the company?
What size of company do I like to work for? Do you want to work for some mega monolith of an organization or a small start up? There are tons of pros and cons to both.
This is just a small sample of criteria when asking yourself "What is the right job for me?" Ultimately it doesn't come down to if the employer feels that you are the right fit for the job but also if the company is the right fit for you. The better the job fits your personality the happier and ultimately more productive you will be .