November 23, 2010, 5:00 am

Looking For The Perfect Job

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Career
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Last week, I was asking why are we soooo looking forward to Friday’s in our life. I am the type of guy who believes that you can and should be happy at work. I am also with the crowd that believes if you are not, you should quit your job this very moment (well… just after reading this article 😉 ). Traciatim, a long time TFB reader,  was telling me in the comment section that several people have “ordinary” or “below ordinary” jobs and that they need to do them (since someone needs to do it right?). The point was that most people don’t have an exciting job and therefore, definitely look forward the weekend to “live their life” and subsequently become not so happy thinking about Monday morning.

So why aren’t you looking for the perfect job?

On the very same day, one of my friends wrote me an email. She was very excited because she had made a huge decision in her life; she was going after the perfect job. She had been working in the same industry, for the same company in the same department for the past 5 years. She was pretty bored and didn’t really like her job. However, she was making a good salary, she knew the job by heart and it was enough for her to pay the bills. She had fallen in her comfort bubble.

However, there was a deeper desire inside her. She always wanted to work in the TV industry. She always wanted to work in this field but never made the move since she was “too comfortable” in her own boring life. After several years of making excuses such as “I’m entering a relationship”, “we are about to buy a house”, “I just got a raise”, she finally decided to quit her job and pursue her dreams.

The perfect job is not always well paid

I applaud her courage and determination in the search for a better future. However, it doesn’t mean that it’s an easy and fun adventure! Back in 2007, I wrote that the best thing I did was to quit my job. But I need to say that it’s not always happy times between the moment you hand in your resignation and when you sign a new contract!

This is exactly what is happening to my friend; she will be making 15% less than her previous job and she will have to start all over from the bottom of the corporate ladder. The TV industry is one of a kind and she is not entering in this world through the big door since she doesn’t know anyone.

On the other hand, her losses are compensated by the fact that she is thrilled to start a new career and that she is highly motivated to start next Monday. I guess that, for a while at least, she won’t be saying TGIF ;-).

How do you find the perfect job?

I think that there is not a magic recipe to be happy at work. But if you are not happy where you are, you can’t wait for your employer or your colleagues to do something about it. This is something you need to solve by yourself. I once read this very interesting question in a book;

What would you do if you were millionaire?

By answering this question, you will find your perfect job. You will be able to determine the factors that really matter to you and you can then work on fitting them into your life. Nothing is perfect by the way, so the perfect job doesn’t exist. However, being happy at work (most of the time) is possible. And this is what I am after.

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It definitely takes some experimentation to find the perfect job, and you need to remember that you can’t quit the first time it gets a little difficult 🙂

I find it funny when people say “some jobs will never be fun”. One of the examples of great company cultures that I look to is 1800GOTJUNK (their COO has a great blog for business operators). If people who collect trash can have a job they love, what other excuses are left?

I still maintain that the majority of people just have a job because they have to have a job. Someone has to answer the phone when you call to -insert random customer service- at 10PM, someone has to be the person digging up the broken water main in the rain. Someone has to pump out the septic tanks. Someone has to sweep the streets, plow the parking lots, haul the garbage … and on and on and on. None of these seem like they would be a persons dream job, yet people are doing them.

In the words of Despair Inc’s demotivational poster about potential “Not everyone gets to be an astronaut when they grow up”.

To answer the question “What would you do if you were millionaire?” I would just ask another question:
“Now think about doing that for 8 hours a day 5 days a week for the next 5 years . . . now do you want to do that, or would you just look forward to the weekends again?”

Maybe I’m just bitter because my job has been pretty boring this year.

by: The Financial Blogger | November 23rd, 2010 (1:38 pm)

@ Traciatim,
maybe you should consider shifting job 😉

I use to deliver bread (for 10 years); waking up at 2am, people not really considering what you do, waiting behind the grocery at 5am in a blistering cold (I live in Qc) for 20 minutes because the guy didn’t hear you ring. Nonetheless, I really liked this job for other reasons.

I would probably kill myself if I had to do my assistant job for the next 30 years, but she has been doing this job for the past 18 years and she loves it. go figure!

My husband works in construction field. He works pretty hard every day, whether it is under the sun, the rain, the snow… Most of his coworkers hate it. They say it will kill them. For some reason, my husband loves it and comes back home with a smile every night. Hearing him saying “I will have a great day tomorrow” on a Sunday night is something regular. This is not the job everyone’s dreaming about but it still can bring happiness in someone’s life. So yes, I agree, working with smile and passion should be the main criteria when chosing or changing jobs.

I think it’s hard for people to go for their perfect job because of what you mentioned: the pay. Some people have so many bills to pay and things to take care of, they feel guilty for doing what they love and not financially supporting their family or taking care of business. Thankfully, I’m doing what I love, and getting paid for it. if only everyone could do it.

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