Over the long holiday weekend, a conversation arose about vehicle preferences. One person picked his favorite as a built Ford tough F-150. Another said Beamer. Yet another mentioned Honda. The conversation reminded me of job search. One person will tell you to pursue this kind of job and yet another will tell you to get that kind of job.
So many career choices. So many vehicle picks. Regardless of how many career / job choices there are, in the end (and in the beginning), you are the one who has to go and do the work. What matters most in your job pick is what matters most to you.
Decide what you want in a job. Decide what style, shape, model, features, functions and benefits you want in that job. Decide what you do not want. Decide what you must have. Decide what is a deal breaker. Decide what you can’t do without. Decide what you are willing to sacrifice. Then, stay true to your plan and do not buy a lemon of a job any more than you would intentionally buy a lemon of a car.
Your style is important. Your style counts. Your style matters. And your unique choices and specific preferences play a significant part in finding new employment that is a good fit with you and who you are.
If you are in the midst of a career transition, have you thought about the features that you are looking for in a new job? Have you made a list of the qualities you would like that new job to possess? Have you considered what you don’t want in a job? Maybe there is no better time than now to contemplate what you want for your next revenue-generating opportunity?
P.S. A client recently shared with me that he was asked this question in an interview:
If you were a car, which one would you be – and how does that relate to the type of job you will do for us?