What do you look for in a job? Forget the company or the organization you want to work for and the specialty that you should be a pro at since you spent all those nights in college doing homework and studying for. But what do you really want to be doing while at work?
Do you want to sit at a desk in a 9″x9″ cubicle that seems to become 8″x8″ one week…then 7″x7″ staring at a computer screen for 8 hours a day?
Do you want to make a lot of money but have to put up with a lot of years of … no money?
Do you need to be in constant contact with a lot of people at all time?
Do you want/need weekends and nights and holidays off?
What about a job that allows you to go back to school? Hard to do working nights…
Do you want to travel? Country wide or internationally?
Do you want to commute across the city or into another state every morning and night?
I’ve learned that instead of just asking what company and field do you want to work in, there’s all of these little questions that can be painful if you ignore. You’re dream job may include working nights, but your social life doesn’t allow for it (btw it’s probably time to grow up a little bit if this is your excuse…).
These things may not be apparent right away, but after a few months especially years, these questions will affect your job decision and your career. Think about EVERYTHING when choosing a job, especially if you’re just desperate to get out of your current job and think your replacement will solve all your problems. (i’ll touch on this later!)