January 20, 2010, 6:54 am

Looking for a Job

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Career
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If you know me a little bit (or if you have read this blog for the past 3 years), you probably know that I have pretty quick reflexes to pull the plug and start looking for a job. I know exactly what I am looking for and, most importantly, I know exactly what I am worth. The point to consider is that most people know these 2 answers… but they don’t ask for anything and wait in line (perhaps forever) to get the next promotion… sorry guys, it won’t happen! Sometimes, you need to push things a little bit.

So you are looking for a job, do you know at least what you are looking for?

Most people look for a job to pay bills and live. At best, they know what they want to do (I did a bachelor’s degree in engineering, so I wanted to be an engineer). Unfortunately, this was a big mistake. Instead of knowing what you want to do as a job, you should know what you are looking for as a job.

What is a job?

A job is way more than a package of tasks attached to a pay check. It is more than a benefits plan or the provider of college tuition for your children. According to me, a job is:

#1 A Lifestyle

I have discovered throughout the years that your job becomes an integral part of who you are and grows inside of you. Slowly, you become more like your job and the job becomes more like you. You tend to think differently according to your reality at work, you get to discover/like/look for the same things as your colleagues and you definitely start thinking as if you were at your desk even when you are outside of work. This is why it is important to think about which job you are looking for as you may become like the people who work there!

#2 A Second Home

And for some of us, a job is our first home and we have a “pied à terre” (a place to eat and sleep) with our family and children ;-). Since you spend at least 8 hours a day at work, you better like your job, its location, your colleagues and Most importantly: your manager. Worst comes to worst, some co-workers or managers can change through the years overtime, but if you don’t like your office, your life will become filled with melancholy!

#3 A Playground

If I can’t have fun at work, I think I won’t even bother waking up in the morning! When I look for a job, I look for a place where I will be able to have fun even though I work hard. Some people look for peace and quiet… I feel as though I would die a slow death in such environment!

Don’t be afraid to ask questions during the job interview!

When you go for an interview, there is always a moment where they ask you if you have any questions. This is the perfect chance for you to clarify most things about the work environment, day-to-day conditions and how they consider their employees. By asking the questions, the non-verbal expressions will talk for themselves, you won’t even have to hear their answer 😉

What are you considering at when you are looking for a job?

I would be curious to know what is the most important thing for you when you look for a job? Salary? Location? Flexible Schedule?

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Comments

I agree, but about point #3, this should be discussed carefully in the job interview.

To some people, havin’ fun at work can be saw as immaturity. There is a whole generation of workers who did their jobs because it was necessary, and if fun was at the rendez-vous sometimes, it was ok, but they put a barrier between job and fun. Job was associated with serious side of life, fun with your dormant inner child.

That’s why I think it is important to define what a «fun job» means to the person. 5 to 7 with colleagues isn’t a good example 😉 but hardwork on projects that challenges yourself, or work environnement that promotes relfection are good ones, of course if it is linked to the kind of job the interview is about!

To me, having management challenges, team and solo work and flexible schedules are important. On the second line, salary and easy access through public transportation, as I live in Montreal and hate to drive in traffic 😉

To my husband, working on specific projects that challenges his specialized knowledges, having possibility to work outdoor and mixed solo and team work is important… as long as regular schedule… and not getting at 4 am out of bed he he !

I agree with point 1, our job is part of our lives. Many of us spend most of our waking hours at work. And what is important is that I love my job. I choose the job because the job is “me”.

My job is not only to receive my paycheck. It gives me energy in my life. It gives me the power to wake up in the morning. Of course, even though my job is a lifestyle, it takes a balance between my work and the rest (family, friends, sports, hobbies).

by: The Financial Blogger | January 20th, 2010 (10:02 am)

@ Mama Zen,

It is funny that you mention the concept of immaturity at work as am often seen as someone who “doesn’t seriously work” or “have too much fun” at work by some people. Obviously, their face changes when they see my results… I’ve always wanted to have fun at work and this is how I can truly perform.

@ Catarina,

I could not work only for money. We all have bills to pay but wanting to come to work everyday is very important to keep a balanced life!

I really like the quote from Eleanor Roosevelt: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” There is no dream job, but you need to identify the job that will make you happiest!! I think what is essential when you are searching for a job, is to focus on the important things and never give up looking for that dream job 😉

Good post. There are plenty questions to ask in an interview. As an HR person, maybe a little advice, do not ask:

-What does this company do? (Please take the time to search on the net!)
-If I get the job when can I take time off for vacation? (Wait at least one year before you can prove that you deserve it!!)
– Did I get the job? (Please don’t be impatient. We’ll let you know!! Instead ask: What is the next stage in the process and will I receive feedback on this interview?)
-Would anyone notice if I came in late and left early? (that’s a good one not to ask!! hehehe)
– What are your psychiatric benefits? (are you crazy!!)

You can prepare 2-3 questions in advance. If by the end of the interview, the HR person ask you whether you have any questions, at least you can choose one question to ask. Good luck to all!

I’m more a project driven type of girl. I like to see the results in my job. I like a job where I can work independently and on a team. I am a leader, but I also like to contribute in a team. I need a job where I can relate to the company’s values. I also need to believe in the product or the service. Of course, salary is also important for me; mostly that is consistent with the rest of the market.

I wake up every morning and go to the same job, at the same place, dealing with the saamme issues. I know that I don’t like my job. I just wanna make a lot of money. Actually, I would like to win the jackpot, not having to work and have a lot of money to spend hehe

Love your blog! For me it’s flexibility. I can work where I can and when I want. I love my job. I am a traductor from English to French only. My salary is based on the number of words I translate 😉 I’m quite fast and good in my field.

@TFB
Well, the fact that they are your current colleagues instead of your interviewers let you the possibility to proove your value at work! I used to inteview people with a colleague who was thinking job is not supposed to be a fun part in your life… it was hard, I felt like if we were playing the good and the bad cop with people we interviewed that day. Funny now, but on that moment I felt so bad!

@Steve
do you wake up everymorning thinking of winnin the jackpot?? I hope no. It is possible to apply on other jobs while keeping your actual job, it’s better than loosing your job or leaving it (financially), but emotionnally it s harder to manage. Wish you the best, and more to find something that motivates you!!!

Mama Zen, that’s for the tips. ok ok I do not wake up every morning thinking of winning the jackpot. I’m sure there is no feeling in the world like winning a massive amount of money!!!!!!

@Steve
I’m not sure I would ONLY be happy to win lottery… I’m sure I would react like this:

1. U must be kiddind
2. Ok, so this is real? I can enjoy?
3. WHAAAA THIS IS SO AAAAAAAAWESOME!!!!
4. OMG my face on front of stupid people magasines :S
5. OF… everyone will know that I’m rich now: massive sollicitations attacks and loosing friends massively
6. I want an alarm system installed RIGHT NOW coz I’m terrorized and convice that all thieves are on the road to my home…

Okay, that’s a bit over reacting… I must admit 😉 Yeah this must be an awesome moment, but passing from debts loaded situation to swimmin in money is certainly stressful somewere in the process… I mean in my opinion! 🙂

by: The Financial Blogger | January 21st, 2010 (10:47 pm)

I’d love to win the lottery… but I would quickly disappear after step #4 😉

Thailand maybe 😉

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