Today I wanted to discuss the subject of ‘what to look for in a new job’. As a recruitment company we see a great number of people who are looking for a new job or career path. Over the years of placing a large number of people we have distilled several key factors that have helped cultivate success and longevity for people in their new roles.
Ultimately it’s not about the money- Let’s face it most people work because money is required to keep the lifestyle we enjoy continuing. However when it boils down to it, money is not the prime factor in determining your success and fulfillment in your new role.
A good remuneration package for your role should be enough so that money isn’t the main focus and not too much that it becomes the only focus. We all like to be paid well but studies have shown when pay levels deviate too far from the norm (for the role), performance actually drops along with fulfillment.
If remuneration is the sole focus, career fulfillment and longevity will diminish. This is because the focus will be constantly split – looking elsewhere for potential opportunities for greater pay. Increased remuneration is always nice but it needs to be weighed against other factors.
Can you actually do it? This is where your past experience, skills and qualifications come into play. Do you have a sales background, are you a qualified architect, do you have a license to operate specific machinery etc? Whilst we all need to start somewhere, it can be highly beneficial to have something to offer besides enthusiasm (which is valuable also).
Many employers want to hire someone who has some form of relevant experience or qualification. Most will have their own ‘in house’ training to educate you on specifics of the role and their company. Many do however like to see at least some degree of experience.
If you are looking for a complete change in career direction consider arming yourself with some further studies in the new field you wish to enter. Not only will the additional education provide you with relevant knowledge it will also to convey to potential employers your commitment and dedication to your new career path.
Do you actually want to do it? This is perhaps the most crucial factor to consider. By this I mean does the role you are trying to get into align and fit well with who you are as a person? Does your natural, innate personality mesh well with the long term requirements of the role?
Skills and qualifications are important. They will significantly influence ‘can you do the job?’ But it is your personality that will ultimately influence ‘are you the right fit for the job?’
We all have a number of aspects and variations in our personality. At times we are quiet and contemplative, other times we are extroverted and gregarious. Sometimes analytical and process orientated and then creative and free thinking.
Most of us though tend to have preferences, a natural ‘comfortableness’ with a leaning to one particular side of the personality spectrum. If for example you have a more introverted and analytical personality, then a role working with numbers and statistics may be better suited for you than a creative, artistic type role.
This is not to say a role that requires extroversion and creative free thinking is not something you could do. It simply means that your nature will see you more suited to the introverted, analytical role and vice versa for those extroverted types.
A role that has personality requirements that align with who you are innately will mean it is easier for you to perform in the role and to better utilise your skills and experience.
An introverted person may be able to do certain tasks that involve them being extroverted but will find it more difficult than someone who is extroverted by nature. Overtime this ‘misalignment’ between personality and role will likely cause stress and diminish to a degree your success, fulfilment and longevity.
Getting these three factors right will help ensure your next role is well suited to you and set the framework for a long and rewarding career.
To learn more about the types of roles you may be suitable for connect with us at DFP and we can assist you to find the ideal job.