Last month we asked “Do You Love Your Job?”  We heard both from people who love, but mostly, those who don’t love, what they do.  One question repeatedly emerged:  If you aren’t ready to retire and you’ve been unsuccessful changing your current job, how do you find the perfect job?

Here are some tips for finding a job that makes you want to jump out of bed and get started in the morning:

  • Know what you want: If you don’t know what you want, you’ll never find it.  We advocate developing a list of your strengths and passions.  Identify when you feel most energized.  For example:  Do you like high energy fast paced environments or more analytical ones?  Working with lots of people or doing projects on your own?
  • Investigate your options: Once you know what you want, research which organizations are most likely to offer that type of work environment.  Ask your friends about their experiences with other organizations.  Research them on-line.  LinkedIn and Glassdoor are both great sources of information on organizational culture.
  • Connect with a recruiter: We often hear from people who ask us to keep an eye out for a specific type of role and we’re happy to call them when the right one comes along.
  • Be picky: You just got that job offer for your ‘dream’ job and are ready to tell your boss to shove it.  Before you leap, take a good long look.  Here are some warning signs that should make you hit pause before you accept that offer:
    • High turnover jobs. If the last several people haven’t lasted in this role, you probably won’t either.
    • An abbreviated hiring process. If the organization didn’t screen you well, it doesn’t mean that you were so fantastic that they didn’t need to, it means that they don’t screen well and won’t have screened the people you’ll be working with.  That’s not good.
    • Did you meet your new peers? You will spend most of your time working with your peers. If you haven’t met them, that’s a problem.  It also means that you won’t have a say in who they will add in the future.
    • Financial concerns. Is the organization financially sound?  Is it part of a growing industry?  Working for an organization that is downsizing is tough.  Know what you’re getting into.

It’s human nature to think that the grass is always greener on the other side.  Our advice is to know where you want to leap to and then to take a good look before you make that leap.  You might just be jumping from the frying pan into the fire.

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