If you are looking for the “Perfect Job,” I have some bad news: it may not exist. But, the good news is that the finding the “Right Job” is absolutely attainable. Your individual strengths, weaknesses, personality traits, likes, dislikes, and quirks all play a factor and can be combined to find the right fit. When you step back and take a complete assessment of these factors in your job search, happiness and success should follow.
Finding the right fit starts with an understanding of what you are truly looking for and, more importantly, the patience to know that settling for any job is not the solution. As you go through the job search process, the ability to recognize what makes a job right for you is much easier when you know what you want. It can be a difficult internal conversation with yourself when deciding whether or not a job is right for you, but it will ultimately lead you down the right path.
In today’s market, that internal discussion doesn’t happen often. People are either currently unemployed or so desperate to leave their current job that they will take any offer that comes their way. These people may have known intuitively that the opportunity wasn’t right, but took the job anyway. As an optimistic individual, I believe staying positive and true to who you are will lead you down a good path. When you walk away from what you don’t really want, eventually what you do want and what you need will show up.
As a recruiter, my goal is to know as much about both my candidates and clients as possible and be completely transparent through the process. If there are ever lingering questions or doubts on the candidate side, it’s my job to get those questions answered so they can freely make the right decision. Ultimately, when a candidate has all the details and a complete understanding of the company and role, they are able to very quickly determine if this role will give them everything they are looking for and set them up for success.
When you refuse to settle for just any job, your intention becomes that much clearer and it paves the way for the job you want. Settling generally occurs out of nervousness and desperation and usually does nothing more than perpetuate the existing circumstances. You might still be miserable, but now you’re miserable with a pay check.
If you’re looking for a new job, set your intentions, know what you want in a new role, and keep moving forward until it shows up. That’s what it means to take control of your career. That’s how you end up in your Perfect Job.
Once you’ve defined what you’re looking for in your new role, there are a few things to look for in a company that will set you up for success.
Smarts Smart companies understand what they do well and stay focused on those offerings. Searching for new ideas can sometimes get companies into trouble if they try to be too many things to too many people/customers. Companies that keep growing and expanding into familiar areas tend to be more stable and calm, leading to increased employee happiness.
An important attribute to look for in a good company is a strong belief in providing great service to customers. Here at Versique, we strive to provide an experience worthy of a referral for each of our candidates and clients. That experience starts with providing great service both externally for customers and internally for employees.
Culture Companies that foster a strong internal culture have employees who look forward to their workday and the fulfilment their job provides. Stress occurs at some point in every job, but does not have to be an everyday occurrence; that’s not healthy for anyone. When you’ve found the right fit, it should be difficult for you to envision yourself leaving simply because you enjoy the work, the people, and the challenges. If it’s hard to motivate yourself every morning to go to work, you may not have the right fit.
Once you know what you want in a job, dig a little deeper into what drives the company, the level of service they provide, and the company culture to understand if it’s a match for your own motivations. If you are working with the right recruiter, they should be able to help you navigate these stressful waters and make the right career decision.
If you are miserable in your role and want to simply get out, remember that settling for whatever comes along will likely backfire. The last thing you want to do is add another stop on your resume and prolog your unhappiness before arriving where you belong.
If you’re serious about finding a new job, establish your goals, be honest with yourself about what your ideal role looks like, and stay focused until you find it. Having a plan is the first step in taking control of your career and finding the right job.
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Versique / About Author
Versique is a high-performance recruiting firm that specializes in interim solutions, direct hire, and executive leadership search. Our team of experienced professionals and seasoned leaders across various areas of expertise and industries have been in your shoes. We can quickly assess your whole people picture and identify the elements that will take your business to the next level.
In 2019, 2020, and 2021 Versique was recognized as Star Tribune Top Workplace, was nominated as a Best of Business Finalist by Twin Cities Business, and made the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal's list of Twin Cities Largest Executive Search Firms. Versique also ranks as one of the top 25 most socially/marketing engaged staffing firms in the country and #1 in Minnesota by LinkedIn.
The Versique brand represents a powerful combination of “versatile” and “unique” as it hints at the concept of “search” in its pronunciation: ver-seek.