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How do you know if a particular job is right for you I know that this present generation does not provide anyone with a second chance to think through what really want in a job offer. Given that there are so many opportunities out there. It might get confusing to know which one is the right fit for you.
The right job should bring you success and happiness. But if you make a poor decision, through using information that is too simple or not based on research, it can damage your prospects, relationships and prosperity for many years to come. A job is not just a job it has to give you something in return. That is where most people get it wrong, don’t just accept anything because you are desperate, research before you decide. Because you may get stuck there for many years to come.
Here are the essentials that each job should offer you regardless of your career path Well I believe a job should offer you at least one if not all these three things:
Almost all jobs have experience as a requirement when they are being advertised. All employers want a person who at least has an idea of what they are required to do and has a good track record. Don’t stay stuck in a place where you are not getting any experience in the field in which you want your career to go. Don’t get me wrong, keeping busy is very important but don’t waste too much time in a place where you don’t see yourself growing.
Experience can mean anything; it can run from you learning to be patient, learn social skills or even learning to meet deadlines. Just because a job or internship is not in a field of your expertise doesn’t mean it’s not getting you the experience you need.
Another thing you should look for in a Job is Money – Who doesn’t need money? If your job is not getting you any experience whatsoever, at least let it give you some cash. Money is important because you can raise capital to go back to school or even better start your own enterprise.
Listen good – A job needs to pay you what you’re worth, and even more importantly, it needs to pay you enough to live life the way you want to. Don’t work and live on debt… I know a banker who does. Ask yourself these three questions
- How much do I need to earn to live life the way I want to
- What’s the minimum salary I’m willing to accept
- Am I willing to sacrifice parts of my lifestyle in favour of a job I love
Another thing you should look for in a Job is Network
Your network can determine your worth in the world of employment. Sharpen your social skills, learn how to present and sell yourself to people. When your job or internship doesn’t give you either money or experience make sure it offers you networking opportunities where you can meet people who can propel you to the next level in your career.
So before you apply for any job or internship check if it gives you these basics. Read, research, ask around and make sure you are taking the right steps in your life.
Something else you should look for in a Job is Growth opportunities
During the interview process, be sure to ask about advancement opportunities within the company. Doing so will not only help paint a better picture for you or what a future with that employer may look like but shows the hiring manager that you are looking to invest your time and talents in the company long-term.
It’s also worth perusing the social media pages of employees at your potential organization; look for things such as how long they stay in the same position
And while the traditional growth trajectory includes promotions to more senior roles within your department, it’s also smart to ask about horizontal opportunities. As your skills and interests evolve, you may find you want to pursue a lateral move to a different area within the company
Another thing you should look for in a Job is Educational opportunities
The bottom line is, you want to work for an organization that supports and encourages your growth—and sometimes, in order to grow, you will require additional education. Ask about whether the company provides stipends for continuing education or professional courses—and also whether employees are encouraged to take advantage of these resources.
One crucial factor you should look for in a Job is Hours
I have a friend who works Sunday shift. You see, not every office job start and close 8 am to 5 pm. Before committing to a job, reach an understanding with your potential employer of expectations for regular working hours. Try to get an idea of how much after-hours work is considered normal. When considering a job with different hours from what you’re used to (such as a weekend schedule, evening hours, or an early-morning shift) make a list of how this change will impact your life.
Another thing you should look for in a Job is Distance
I have a friend who leaves home by 4.00 am on weekdays to avoid traffic on his way to work. Studies show that commutes that last over 45 minutes shave years off your lifespan, increase unhealthy habits like eating takeaways and avoiding exercise and even increase the likelihood of getting divorced by 40 per cent. If you spend more than 45 minutes every day to work, it is better you consider relocation or seek a new job;
- Within walking distance; OR
- Requires a commute of no more than 45 minutes; AND
- If travelling by public transport only involves one mode of transport
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