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.
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.
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:
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!
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!
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!
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 😉
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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