I’ve been on a hunt for the past year. For something that makes me wake up in the morning excited and not suicidal. A place that’s more magical than Disneyworld and ignites a fire in me that cannot be put out by shitty colleagues and/or questionable bosses. I’m on the hunt for my career soulmate. For the past 10 years I’ve had many jobs.
From a cashier at the 99 cent Depot to getting coffee for an eccentric group of people and I know that I wouldn’t trade any of them for the world. They were exactly what I needed at the time and taught me a whole hell of a lot about different types of personalities, environments and most of all, me. But at this point, I need something more. Just like in a relationship, we can’t settle. Yes there are certain things we need to do to move up to that great job but we can’t sell ourselves short either. Here are some things to keep in mind when you are ready to accept true love (in your career!):
1. The Field
Relevant to what you went to school for or something that appeals to your passions and what you love to do. If you don’t know what that is yet, maybe you need to go through a few more jobs to get to this step. If you know what your passions are, search for a job in the field that gives you those tingles in the morning! Like every good thing, however, this requires research and a lot of soul searching. Take that time.
2. The Company
Lots of people (I was one of them) look for big companies to work for because they automatically assume the salary will be great and the name will look great on the resume and to their family and friends. These are myths and it’s important that when you know what field you want to get into, the company is fully researched and appeals to you, regardless of popularity. Ask around, call the company and do an interview. It’s important that you are happy where you work as much as what you’re working on.
3. The Culture
Along the same lines as company, corporate culture plays a huge part in being successful at work. What are some of the things that the company does that allows you to be the best you can be? How are the desks situated? These are little things but they can usually make the difference between good and great and/or amazing and off the charts. Aim for the latter.
4. The Job Description
When conducting a search for the best position for you, don’t forget to read through the description in the posting. Make sure you are not only qualified to do the work but the work is what you want and what you are willing to do. Make sure the title matches the list of duties posted and if you aren’t sure, Google the title and see what comes up. Research is key and if you have any further questions, save it for the interview!
It’s a tough economy out there and sometimes you might not be able to find this great soulmate right away. Like I stated previously, you might have to work a few shitty jobs before this great one comes along. Sometimes, you might even go into business for yourself because you realized that’s where your passion lies. Whatever you do, be the best version of you at it and never, ever settle for anything else form yourself.